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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Past & Present: Poetry by Stephen Mead

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Judgments   All the pans we placed in this leaky place the rainy day of moving in have long since overflowed, rusted, gone green.   Then why do I keep them, these tins that, calloused, benevolent, firm, your palms washed, scooping locks, lukewarm, up, down, back up to soak a beard kiss-thick?   It tickled,…

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Look to the sky: Poetry by Frank Possemato

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Look to the sky the enormous sadness that connects every star and keeps them distant touches even the luckiest life   Turn onto your cooler arm there of course wandering surrounded by the world for the first time with everyone who made you invisibly near and it all makes intuitive, heartbeat sense somewhere ahead of…

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Delicate Things: Poetry by Nicole Basta

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  Nicole V. Basta is the co-founder of the Brooklyn-based art collective/performance night Say Yes and the winner of the New School’s annual chapbook contest for V due out this fall. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming  in Compose, The Gravity of The Thing, Public Pool, Juked, Canary, Blunderbuss, The Underground, and others. She was an artist in residence at the magical Art…

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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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