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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Of Another World: Fiction by Brianna J.L. Smyk

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Clive swept his hand through the dried delta bed, rubbing a few specks of rusting rock between his gloved fingers. He looked out at the Mighty Dust Mites—as he liked to call the solar-powered robots—which speckled the planet for miles.   When, in an effort to save their dying program, NASA’s engineers discovered they could…

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Quiet Hypnosis: Fiction by Matt Clibanoff

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Rock and roll therapy crashes in waves against her eardrums. The sound changes color. Her mind is lacquered purple and the room is full of smoke. Listless clouds bounce from couch to couch and hot cirrus strands dance towards the ceiling. It’s been two years since college. Brian is sitting on the red loveseat. He’s…

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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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