Memoir Mixtapes Vol.3, B-Sides

as the sharks forever swim thru my cigarette smoke by Rob Plath

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About the Author:
Rob Plath is a 47-year-old poet from New York.  He has over a dozen books out.  He is most known for his collection A BELLYFUL OF ANARCHY (epic rites press). He lives alone with his cat and stays out of trouble. See more of his work at www.robplath.com

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.3, B-Sides

Trajectory by Jamie A. Hughes

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About the Author:
Jamie A. Hughes is a managing editor and freelance writer who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work has been published in Christianity Today, CT Women, Ink & Letters, You Are Here Stories, and Restoration Living. She also writes a bi-weekly column about life with MS at multiplesclerosisnewstoday.com and blogs at tousledapostle.com. You can find her on Twitter at @tousledapostle.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.3, B-Sides

The Safe Addiction by Ashley Elizabeth

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About the Author:
Ashley Elizabeth is a 20-something queer, black poet from Baltimore who draws inspiration from her city, her space, and her body. She has been featured in online journals such as Rose Water, Passages North, and For the Sonorous among others. Ashley is also an Assistant Editor of Sundress Publications.

Cory Recommends: “Where Did the Night Go” by Gil Scott-Heron

“Long ago the clock washed midnight away…”

This track, from his final album (2010’s “I’m New Here”) has haunted me since I first heard it and there is no way to exorcise this ghost trapped alone in a dark house, night after night.

“Time to get up again and time to start up again…”

Known for his poetry set to music (The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Whitey on the Moon) this song follows in that vein.

“Should have been asleep when I was sitting there drinking beer and trying to start another letter to you…”

I play this song on repeat, hoping to learn something else, but I know all the words by heart and in my heart. How can such a powerfully intimate experience take less than a minute and a half?

“I can’t get past ‘Dear Baby, How are you?’”

(Song recommendation by Cory Funk)

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.3, B-Sides

Watching Elliott Smith Botch “Angeles” Again by James D’Agostino

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About the Author:
James D’Agostino is the author of Nude With Anything (New Issues Press), Slur Oeuvre, winner of the Diagram/New Michigan Prize, and Weathermanic, which won the CutBank Chapbook Prize. His poems have appeared in Forklift Ohio, Conduit, TriQuarterly, Third Coast, and elsewhere.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.3, B-Sides

On “Happy Loving Couples” by Joe Jackson by Steve Goldberg

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About the Author:
Steve Goldberg is a video editor and videographer in Oakland, CA. He eats, sleeps, and dreams music, and wishes one day to be able to control the mental DJ, who seems to have a fetish for Yacht Rock. He writes about the songs that spin in his head on his blog, https://fuzzyswarbles.wordpress.com/.

Memoir Mixtapes, Vol.3, B-Sides

Punk Rock Princess by Madeline Anthes

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About the Author:
Madeline Anthes is an ex-Clevelander living in eastern Pennsylvania. She is the acquisitions editor for Hypertrophic Literary, and you can find her work in journals like WhiskeyPaper, Lost Balloon, and Cease, Cows. Find more of her work at madelineanthes.com, or follow her on Twitter @maddieanthes.

Kevin Recommends: “Scrape” by Chelsea Wolfe

DARK QUEEN

Some friends of mine went to a metal festival in Vegas last summer, and they came back spreading a gospel of DOOM.

“Dude, like, I dunno how I never heard of her, but man, Chelsea Wolfe is, like, she’s like my Queen. I want to go to her Temple and like, worship her. She’s Lana del Rey, but for like, metal kids. She’s…amazing.”

Now I’m not typically a metal kind of guy. Sure, I got love for some metal, but it’s not really the genre I gravitate toward. I’m more of a synth-driven kind of dude. But the reverence in their voices for Chelsea Wolfe piqued my interest, and a little while later I got around to looking her up. Turns out she had just dropped a new album entitled Hiss Spun, so I figured why not give that a spin?

Holy fuck guys.

Guys.

She is the Prime Witch.

She is a Queen among Queens.

She is Galadriel, departing Aman in the west alongside the armies of the Noldor, furious and proud and graceful in her wroth, iron-backed and resolute in her determination to reclaim the Silmarils stolen by Morgoth.

…apologies to all non-Tolkien fanatics for the comparison, but holy shit guys.

Just give yourself over to her spell and join the coven.

(Song recommendation by Kevin D. Woodall)

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.3, B-Sides

Love Waves by Jennifer Rodriguez

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About the Author:
Jennifer Rodriguez is an avid reader, and admirer of all art forms. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Spanish from California State University of Fullerton. She works as a public relations professional in Southern California while constantly fueling her love for creative projects, and seeking the answers of the universe through art forms. She finds solace in channeling her thoughts through the written word, because it helps quiet her mind in the chaos of life. @Jennifeerrod on all social media.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.3, B-Sides

Remember Whatever (for Elaine) by Gabrielle Gilbert

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About the Author:
Gabrielle Gilbert has left Pratt Institute with a Bachelor’s degree in writing as proof, as well as many ghosts and student loans. Her weird words have been published in multiple issues of Selfish magazine and multiple issues of Alien Mouth, as well as Dum Dum Zine, Vanilla Sex Magazine, Crab Fat Magazine, Witch Craft Magazine and Literary Orphans. She also has a book! A chapbook. Which can be found through Dancing Girl Press under the title Change of Engagement. She has found her saving grace in Memoir Mixtapes and has been featured in their first two issues, as well as a B-Side for issue 3. Her instagram is sometimes @gabbigilbert and she is sometimes living in Portland, ME.