Dear Flying Island Readers: Welcome to the 8.22 Edition of the Flying Island Journal! We have three pieces to share in poetry. We hope you enjoy this issue. Inspired to send us your fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction? Submissions are free through September! For more info on how to submit, see the tab above. Links to each piece in this edition below. Thank you for reading, Flying Island Editors and Readers POETRY Skye Nicholson, "August" Megan Bell, "Punchy & Pissed" Kevin LeMaster, "Rain" Are you a writer who is from the Midwest or has close ties to the Midwest? We'd love to read your work. Submissions info in the tab above. Support the Indiana Writers Center!
August There is a rip in the clouds where morning begins, in slow motion, to unwrap the night, shifting the sky from coal to ash to sand, telling the quick brown bat to go home. Air remains motionless, cowering in silence as daylight presses its hot, heavy body against the earth, a wet moan sliding up my neck, mosquitoes like fingertips teasing where they don’t belong. Skye Nicholson is a part-time poet and founder and CEO of Soul's Truth Coaching, empowerment coaching services for women. She lives in Columbus, Indiana, with her husband and two children. Her first book of collected works, published December 2021, is entitled Unexpected Alchemy: Poems of Addiction and Awakening .