Issue a5 · 2012



Sin Mishmash


by James Valvis




1. Spite

spit disguising itself
with an extra e

2. Lust

pretend love
before rust

3. Greed

when you grab
what you don’t need

4. Anger

danger that was too mad
to remember the d

5. Despair

when you thought
you’d be spared

6. Corruption

when a sick core
has an eruption










James Valvis is the author of HOW TO SAY GOODBYE (Aortic Books, 2011).  His writing can be found in Anderbo, Arts & Letters, Catalonian Review, Elimae and LA Review and has been featured at Verse Daily and The Best American Poetry website.  His fiction has twice been a Million Writers Notable Story.  He lives near Seattle.