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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A Different Love: Poetry by Neil Shah

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in loving milieu I’ll dance upon broken boards over bogs that smoke gently in the evening, over rib-cages patched with the enamored and concussed, in such dimly lit admiration I’ll press my tongue into your wine glass, into the almost empty can you hold between your knees, dented, compressed, and full of your spit.  …

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That Night: Fiction by Jimena Antoniello

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They told me that I died one autumn night. Lying in the empty bathtub, at that rented noisy apartment, while the water ran through my dressed up body. It was warm water, though. And my jeans, the shoes and shirt were all soaked. There were no signs of violence, there were no marks on the…

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Erasure Beauty: Poetry by Ana Prundaru

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open me first   narrow commitments within me second   bind sharpness outside blurred sex third   dress the new strength   the way of originals Ana Prundaru is the author of Anima (dancing girl press, 2018). She has contributed creative work to DIAGRAM, New England Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, among others. Born in Bucharest,…

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Caffeine and Stories: Fiction by Jim Curtis

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Fra Angelico Makes Two Cappuccinos for Mark Rothko The Great Artistic Studio in the Sky, where our story takes place, is a spacious area with all the clear northern light that any artist could want. It is conveniently located in an area that has all the amenities of midtown Manhattan such as delis and coffee…

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Sweet and Centered: Poetry by Anna Ter-Yegishyan

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Crimson, cool, crescent: I stare at the bowl. Not into it, but at it. The bowl isn’t fishing for compliments, but I need to characterize it to peacefully dismantle its inanimateness. What it needs is unanimity.   The bowl waits to be filled. She calls it a womb for fruits and fingers. A thing to…

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Future Visions: An Interview with Abdullah Qandeel

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Visionary Saudi Arabian artist Abdullah Qandeel is paving his way into the future one canvas at a time. While society is quickly changing, he stands amongst the pioneers of the new arts world. Once known for painting the walls of a hotel room—an act he described as celebration for the sale of a piece—Qandeel has not…

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