Poetry by Rushika Wick



There are worse situations to be in

than at a coffee bar, wasting time

in an airport beyond the fields


falling in love with the notion of home;

imperfections of dead flowers,

cold water in the shower system,


a collection of salvaged rubber bands –

lavender and blue, sitting in the kitchen,

waiting for their moment of utility.


Away was what we dreamed of –

staggering about after dark

screwing the Iliad up against the wall,


we left – halflings seeking Ouzo

to locate ourselves in this salt Acropolis,

wrapping Midas fleece about our minds,


eating raw honey and blinded by art

but all the while, a strange longing

building in the basement of the soul,


immured graffiti messages in

squatted ateliers, punctured

by the burning of passports,


a longing for useless rubber bands

and a beautiful broken chair

to sit on at the days end.




July 25, 2018

Athens is the New Berlin by Rushika Wick

Poetry by Rushika Wick
July 23, 2018

Kestrels and Crows by Tim Cooke

Flash Fiction by Tim Cooke. Kestrels and Crows was shortlisted for The Mechanics’ Institute Review Issue 15
July 18, 2018

The Solitary Seashell by Kevin Cowdall

Poetry by Kevin Cowdall
July 16, 2018

Swim by Vanessa Onwuemezi

Short Fiction by Vanessa Onwuemezi
July 9, 2018

Looking for a Wife by Feridon Rashidi

Short Fiction by Feridon Rashidi
July 2, 2018

Luke’s Glasses by Richard John Davis

Short Fiction by Richard John Davis
June 25, 2018

Quiet Desperation by Rob Mayo

Short Fiction by Rob Mayo
June 4, 2018

Two Thirds Water by Katie Willis

Short Fiction by Katie Willis
May 28, 2018

MIRLive Arts Week Special 2018

Elinor Johns rounds up MIRLive.
May 28, 2018

White Bear by Eloise CC Shepherd

An extract from White Bear by Eloise CC Shepherd
May 20, 2018

Zucchini by A. Naji Bakhti

Short fiction by A. Naji Bakhti
May 14, 2018

Captured! by Diane Williams

Short fiction by Diane Williams
May 14, 2018
Ph: Rebecca Reid

Poetry by Nicole Olmos Pervaiz

Poetry by Nicole Olmos Pervaiz
April 30, 2018

War Reportage by Omar Sabbagh

Short Fiction by Omar Sabbagh
April 16, 2018

My Mother’s Daughter by Jane Hayward

Memoir by Jane Hayward
April 14, 2018

Protected: TEST Piñata by Chloe Turner

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
April 10, 2018

MIRLive with Jonathan Kemp and Ailsa Cox

Join Jonathan Kemp and Ailsa Cox at The Harrison for our Arts Week Special
April 10, 2018

Consequences of Not Knowing My Father Tongue by Sarala Estruch

Poetry by Sarala Estruch
April 3, 2018

In Colder Climes by Selma Carvalho

Poetry by Selma Carvalho
March 28, 2018

Piñata by Chloe Turner

Short fiction by Chloe Turner