FORTH Magazine

FORTH was created to explore, examine, and expose the work of both established and up-and-coming artists and writers. Through these digital pages, we take readers into the world of the author, the mind of the poet, the vision of the artist, to gain a unique perspective of the often intriguing, sometimes haunting, always strange, little worlds of our most innovative creators. Our mission is to support writers and artists by exposing their work and exploring their lives, and to maintain a recurring set of innovative writers and journalists that you'll only see in our pages. Our content isn't classical or traditional. We publish short format writing for the modern reader and contemporary art that challenges the modern onlooker. Founded in Los Angeles, CA in 2009, FORTH represents art and literature in a way that resonates with an evolving need for interactive media. The West Coast is on the scene. Welcome and enjoy!
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Remnants of Those Gone: Poetry by Matthew Laverty

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In the parlor there was nothing left: small toys, silverware, Polaroids that told us curiously how a family once lived.   The floor caked in mud from our shoes neared collapse under innocence of adolescents. The crunch of wood dispersed us, termites   throughout the house. Spray paint on walls too fresh to smell mold…

CA Love
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There You Are: Nonfiction by Linda Hutchison

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Never the same. Endless days of sun, nights of blood-orange sunsets. Some mornings new and rosy, some muted. Days of drought, wildfires, parched and shifting earth. Dark days of fog, rain and sliding hillsides. Crowded, curlicue freeways, deep and coyote-filled canyons. Disappearing cottages. Rising prices, mansions.   Dreams as big as the ocean, christened by…

Dawn Deer
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Deadly Milestones: Fiction by Brent Cronin

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The two boys high-step through the marsh, one ahead, scanning the forest with deadly seriousness. Ted watches his friend trekking carefully through the brush and attempts to do the same. He pulls at the leather strap of his rifle and nimbly hops a creek to narrow the distance between himself and his friend. His friend…

South Africa, waves crashing against base of lighthouse, night
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A Lost Signal, Floating: Poetry by Ryan Davis

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You disappeared into the Pacific; I’m not sure when. At least, that’s where your memories seem to float.   You’ve never called me on the phone, but you called me ‘cute,’ causing, at first, a tingle in my mind and then in my spine – both equal.   You swept yourself away fifty miles down…

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Straight Up: An Interview With Fox Sinclair

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Fox Sinclair is as agile and elegant as her namesake. A Louisiana transplant who moved to LA in 2012, she’s now an up-and-coming musician and dancer about to break the sound barrier. Inspired by the soulful blues of the South and hip-hop beats of Europe, her influences meld to form her unique sound. Fox is…

The Third Man (still)
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The Lonely Journey: Poetry By J.H. Martin

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Toledo Paris Amsterdam Rome   Every where’s nowhere When you’re alone   Walking these mind soaked avenues Staring at women you cannot afford Wondering which turn the others took Scared to confess that you can’t handle this   Oui Tu es un aller simple – Mon semblable   Dreaming of iced beer Talking to walls…

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The Absent Parent: Fiction By Teuta Hoxha

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    “Have you heard of the Janissaries?” my great-grandmother would ask every time I visited her in Albania.   “No,” I had said the first time.   Unfortunately, I could not have my favourite English tea for the duration of the story, because that hasn’t yet been imported into this region. Having tea with milk…

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