The Show Tell Project

For Seymour's Fat Lady

Shoot to Kill

by fyarlgiles


I see you there

frail, fennec fox

your paws tarnished by the rage of a sandstorm

your knees buckling under

the pressure of my gaze


When the desert pales, and the day retreats,


 will coat

my yellow throat

with blood

“I See You There” by Angie Hoover-Hillhouse

Artwork by Pope Saint Victor


by fyarlgiles


I’ve noticed an increase in exploding heads

It is

alarming but pleasant

like the scent of wild cherry wood

smoldering as the sky dims.


They are the walking end

soothing visions of relief

and loss


no eyes to see

no mouths to scream.

Just the fluffy, white bushels of smoke left behind

after a barrage of intensities

too powerful for men

to withstand.

“I’ve Noticed an Increase in Exploding Heads” by Angie Hoover-Hillhouse


“Outburst” by Jumpstick

“Loose Canon” by Richard Vargaz

Top 5 Tuesday: American Authors who went to War

by fyarlgiles


1.) Shel Silverstein

author of Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Giving Tree, A light in the Attic

 Shel Silverstein, author of The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends, began drawing cartoons for the military newspaper, “Stars and Stripes”, in the 1950s, when he served in Japan and Korea.


2.) Roald Dahl

Author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach

Dahl was a fighter pilot in World War II,  until he got shot down in the Libyan desert, which left him with head injuries that eventually caused him to have terrible headaches. One of Dahl’s first published works was a piece for the Saturday Evening Post called “Shot Down Over Libya,” which became a popular article and helped encourage him to try his hand at writing.

[information taken from here]


3.) Mario Puzo

author of the Godfather Trilogy (novels and films)

Mario Puzo was brought up in a poor family in New York. He served in Germany in World War II and later went to college on the GI Bill.

[ information taken from here]

4.) J.R.R. Tolkien

author of The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit, & Multiple critical essays including Beowulf: the Monsters & the Critics

Tolkien was a survivor of the trenches of World War I, who wrote that “a real taste for fairy-stories was wakened by philology on the threshold of manhood, and quickened to full life by war.”



5.) Jack Kerouac

author of On the Road, The Subterraneans, & Big Sur

“Before he became a famous novelist of the counterculture, Jack Kerouac enlisted in the U.S Naval Reserve. He lasted through only 10 days of boot camp, spent more than two months in a psychiatric ward and then was deemed ‘unfit for service.'”

( Los Angeles Times )

Link to Jack Kerouac Artwork:

Mother of Worlds

by fyarlgiles


Our mother


split in two by the thunderous rattle

of new worlds coming forth.

They pushed through her

and emerged with bright expressions.

New minds flooded with milky dreams

of power

Now, she floats in  a blissful sleep,

 forever drained of


and strength

but delighted

 by the sound of young chests, pulsing with new life

around her

in an orbit

 of her own creation

“Mother of Worlds” by Angie Hoover-Hillhouse

Artwork: “A Dedication of Visions” by Hugo Barros–VISIONS_Print

Memory’s Stain

by fyarlgiles


I have swallowed

The bitter suns of yesteryear

They bend and spin


so I can feel the gentle

ache of

 pasts forgotten

and unseen

“The Past Has Come Today”  by Angie Hoover-Hillhouse

Artwork by Sarah Cruce

Website Name Poll

by fyarlgiles


Hello Everyone!  We’d love your help with our new name!

Which Website name do you like the best? 

Meaghan and I are renaming our website. We are focusing on mashing together different pieces of art (e.g. poetry with collage, music & paintings), but we need help figuring out a memorable domain that is not currently registered. Let us know what you think!

artwork by Kieran Sperring:

Sprinkled reTreat

by fyarlgiles


a touch of sugar

brown and loving

steals away my quaking nerves

and in their place

a frosted cake

of pleasing pink

to stir desire

“A Moment Free” by Angie Hoover-Hillhouse

Artwork: “Mmmore Space Cake” by Steven quinn