Life in The Fast Lane: Snail Vixen
By Casey Renee Kiser
from this game show garden
Only cheaters get watered here
I seem to be the only thing
I have invaded the faeries’
but cannot absorb it-
They can keep that
The flowers here are fake,
depending on your brand of sunglasses
All the ‘cool’ fireflies gather
at your third eye,
but I’m gangster
I have risen
and I’m getting the fuck outta here
where paper planes fly
and people still nap
every time I see James Franco
I get bromance crabs.
Fuck James Franco.
Every time he smiles,
a Cheshire cat takes a shit.
Fuck James Franco
and his pineapple express-dick face.
I had a nightmare
that James Franco also wrote poetry.
Yes, James Franco is pretty. But there are surely more intriguing whores out there.
Maybe that’s true. Maybe not.
But one thing is for sure… This book really has nothing to do with Franco.
The Crystal Garden, like Wonderland, is a place where nothing makes much sense.
Or does it??
Depends on which way you decide to go. Never mind the cat. It’s there to confuse you.
My name is Crystal. Join me for a strange and unapologetic trip through the poetry garden.
Is it a dream? Or a nightmare? Depends on you. Actually, it could be a party.
After all, James Franco is there.
Photo credit: Jasmyn Taylor Givens
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Featuring poetry by Angelica Arsan, Dave Newman, Tohm Bakelas, Meeah Williams, A. Theist, Gary D. Morton, Irvin Lee , Casey Renee Kiser, J.J. Campbell, David Boski, Megan Alyse, Omar Alexandre, Ingrid M. Calderon-Collins, Mela Blust, John D. Robinson, Winter Zakalwe, Ben Arzate, Robert Ragan, and John Grochalski.
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Always Bet on Red
When it comes to redheads… they grab attention. A colour like red is not a wallflower background colour and instead shouts out from the page or canvas laid upon. Red even jumps out of photographs and signs… like in this webtorial.
The colour red represents physical energy, lust, passion, and desire. Packed with emotion ranging from intense love to anger and violence — representing both cupid and the devil. It is a hot, strong, stimulating colour that represents excitement and energy.
Red is the colour of passion.
Passion is the opposite of neutrality.
Think about what happens when you take a passionate colour like red… and add some skin.
Q: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your Instagram?
A: I can feel exceptionally shy and awkward doing everyday things like phoning to make an appointment, ordering food or returning an item to a store. This really surprises people as I tend to come across as a bubbly, noisy, extrovert, even online.
Q: Do you think nude art photography can be both artistic and also erotic? How do you draw the definition?
A: I think the human body is a little like a Magic Eye image. It is layered with meaning and can transform as your perspective changes. Our bodies can be seen as purely functional, a simple contrasting shape on a horizon. They can speak to our… experience and impact on the environment. They can be sensual, or emotive, or sexual.
I think the category an image falls into depends on social cues, context and intention — both of those creating the image and those viewing it. The weight of art or erotica can be carried in a pose, an expression, an angle, what is shown and what is hidden from view.
Both are beautiful. Both have their place.
Q: When you’re not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do?
A: I’m quite a spontaneous person and I love trying new things — though I am not always so great at following through on my bright ideas or good intentions! In an ideal world, I’d be travelling with my favourite people, but I’m far more likely to be found sampling a new Australian gin, dancing around my kitchen in very fancy underwear, having a leisurely breakfast (and dessert) with friends, patting an alpaca, listening to a true crime podcast, binge watching a new tv series or making my way to the front of the mosh pit. Or sadly, scrolling through my phone. Instagram steals a lot of my time!
Q: You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
A: Emerald green. There is just something about that colour that has always drawn me in — even before I was a redhead. It is deep and bold, with just a little bit of old school glamour.
Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: It’s a tie breaker between fresh warm doughnuts and hot chips. Resistance is futile on either of those fronts. I would happily eat both every day and preferably one after another. I can’t go past that salty sweet combo!
Q: What is your all time favorite movie and why?
A: A tough call, but I would have to say Fight Club. I’m a big Fincher fan, but I particularly like the nameless main character, the use of narration, the visual layering, the way that you notice something different every time you see it and its refusal to give you a simple answer tied up in a bow. Palahniuk, Pitt, Norton and Bonham-Carter is a recipe for gold, honestly.
Q: Come the weekend, what’s your favourite thing to do?
A: Wake up to a day with no alarm, no plan and no expectations
The Devil’s Elixir
Doing business and raising babies.
Mother of two, pinup model, social worker and tattoo studio owner Dahlia Black breaks all molds.
I admire any woman who can juggle a successful career, healthy lifestyle and family life. Dahlia carries herself with so much grace although her children shall grow up thinking shes a badass someday for pursuing her dreams.
She looks like an elixir of colour and passion but if you manage to sit her down for five minutes, you shall soon realise she is an entrepreneur.
Q: If you did not have the career you have now, what would you want to be doing?
A: I’ve always aspired to be a police officer, or to work in the field of criminal psychology. I’m pretty content with where I am now, but I could still pursue those options down the track.
Q: Tell us about your kids?
A: I have two kids, a one year old boy and two year old girl. My daughter is a fiery little thing, she’s so stubborn and strong. And my boy is a sweet, giggly and gentle soul who LOVES his Mama. They are the best, ever.
Q: What is your parenting style?
A: I don’t really know how to describe my parenting style, I’d say it’s very affectionate and loved up parenting – my children are always told how beautiful, special and loved they are!
Q: How do your kids feel about your tattoos?
A: Sometimes I don’t think they even notice that Mummy is any different to anyone else, it’s the norm for them. One day I’m sure they’ll think I’m so uncool though! Ha
Q: Have you ever faced any discrimination due to being a tattooed mom? What happened?
A: I do get a lot of judgemental looks, which I noticed a lot from hospital staff while I was pregnant actually. I haven’t had any outright rude comments to my face, but have definitely felt judgment from other parents.
Q: Tell is about your tattoos? Who did them? What do they mean and which one is your favourite?
A: Most of my tattoos are by my darling husband Aaron Smith, at our tattoo studio Faith Hope Charity Tattoo in Flemington. Majority of them don’t mean anything, I love traditional tattoo imagery which is why I have the style that I do – I do have a few pieces that are special though. My favourite would probably be my stomach piece.
Q: With such a busy schedule and so many kids – how do you make time for your family? Do you have any tips on balancing a successful career and family?
A: It’s really hard for us to make time to enjoy each other’s company, but we always have at least one designated day of the week where we go out as a family. I don’t really have any tips on how to manage, I’m of the mind that a short term sacrifice is worth it for a long term pay off – so missing a few things now because I need to work hard means that I will have more time/freedom/money to enjoy everything when I’ve established myself properly.
Q: What is your idea for “me-time”?
A nice bubble bath, or a relaxing massage are my favourite me-time activities.
Q: Would you rather fight a vampire, werewolf or a zombie? Why?
A: Oh, that’s hard. I think a vampire would be the easier fight of the three so I’ll go with that!
Horror Sleaze Trash is currently seeking submissions for the Spring issue of HST quarterly!
Send your poems to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 21st.