“A Man and His Dog” © Digby Beaumont


The World Is Not Flat

Rumour spread like fleas:
the world is not flat.
Such rejoicing in the streets!
Clouds parting to brilliant blue
women twirling long skirts
and the music—
children were at a fever pitch
and grog flowed freely.
The party of all parties.
A pack of wolves descended
from the upper regions, slowly
keeping low to the ground
blood coating their mouths
though they’d been starving
most of winter.
How do you suppose it really went down
he asks his little dog.


Susan Tepper is a twenty year writer and the author of nine published books of fiction and poetry. Her most recent are Confess (poetry from Cervena Barva Press, 2020) and a zany road novel What Drives Men (Wilderness House Press, 2019). Right now she’s in pre-production of an Off-Broadway play titled The Crooked Heart, re-written and adapted from an earlier novel, which focuses on artist Jackson Pollock in his later years.

Digby Beaumont is a self-taught artist whose work has appeared in a number of online journals. He is also a widely-published writer.