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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The Comfort of Habit: Poetry by Hiram Larew

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  What a comfort history is, And habits as well Especially evening habits – They’re both evergreen blankets.   And love seems like snowing, Love seems to drift.   The weather can be topsy turvy. Our neighbors will come and go. Today’s cares may jump the fence. But history and habits are A balm overall…

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Surprise Me: Poetry by Mathieu Cailler

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Things That Trouble Me:   Just a few things that trouble me: dentists, middle seats, men who wear flip flops out to dinner, heights, lawyers with ponytails, funny pilots, people who say “I’m not racist but…”, Lucille Ball’s face, cookies with raisins, folks who wear more than one scarf, patrons who say “surprise me” to…

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The Ways We Were: Fiction by Michael J. Shymanski

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It’s my birthday when he brings the piñata and the police pull up his driveway. Candy falls. Sweet rumor litters backyards. Hushed tones hop fences. Speculation bikes on wide asphalt. For Sale waves from the porch, punctuating stage center in our living room window. We wave back. The still dialogue inundates cul-de-sacs. Quietude springs forth…

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A Maze of Color: Poetry by Michael Caylo-Baradi

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  We own the rocks and walls near Hansen Dam, where we tell stories with our hands, as though descendants from the void, dispersed from sands where hieroglyphics mythicize the minds of men.   We get there like a pack of wolves, beyond the grasses and the trees spreading silhouettes between the midnights of our…

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Crossing Over: An Interview with Jonah Bokaer

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Choreographer and performance artist, Jonah Bokaer, abandons traditional dance and theatre elements and introduces a distinct visual media presence. He calls this unique approach a crossover between dance and visual art. His latest world-wide toured piece, Rules of the Game, embodies and facilitates this unusual relationship between two very different art forms. Jonah Bokaer lends…

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Fossils of Nature: Poetry by Jamie O’Connell

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Winter eternal   polar bear hearts wrapped in wires   fish scales collide   stranded ships veer towards the moon’s mouth   seagulls cough the wind’s heartbeats   frothy mind spread over cerulean seas   ice drips out of our mouths   we are the shells we found, carcasses of narwhals Even mountains pass away…

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Burn Us: Poetry by Sonia Greenfield

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They had to use fire extinguishers to put them out. They were carbonized. — Abdul Hamid   It is not man’s red flower as Kipling claimed. We’ve just hooked our harnesses to it. It is not flora, but fauna, the omnivore that will eat anything. We cage it in our grills, let it graze in…

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To Become Pure: Poetry by Kaila Allison

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They once were doves: emblems of peace, coiffed like kings, dressed in the white of popes.   Once composed of bones elastic, weightless in ancestral winds, bearing love notes or victories from overseas.   They would fly for miles and once tired they could only drink holy water, all else was tainted by desire.   They…

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