Monster of Temptation 


Only the shy ones
stave off the producing
masses of opportunities
that create such chaos
and blow it out of
mystic proportions.
They will drink to
their worthless forefathers
who knew and meant well
for this once well-lit country.
They will smoke to the
joys of life that is slowly
wasting away.
How their coughing and wheezing amuse me!
So many polluted minds
conjure up new concoctions
to bleed the brain and shove it to the side
like unwanted marriages.


Mountains of Negativity
Peaking universally high,
dawn dragging time.
Snowcapped coats of life,
wind whistling a tune
of great climbs and voyages.
Land…great land.
Triangular jagged death.
Everest is death.
Himalayas are death.
Appalachians…carry on the night.
Bring on this light.
Show us no fear.
There is much pressure ascending up,
But is it truly lonely at the top?
Bombarding. We’re steadily moving.
Avalanche galore.




Z.M. Wise is a poet, editor, and poetry activist, writing since his first steps as a child. He is co-owner and co-editor of Transcendent Zero Press with his dear friend and founder Dustin Pickering. He is also an Assistant Editor at Weasel Press with another dear friend, Weasel. He has published three full length collections of poetry, including: ‘Take Me Back, Kingswood Clock!’, ‘The Wandering Poet’, and ‘Wolf: An Epic & Other Poems.’ Other than his books, Wise’s poems have been published in various journals, magazines, and anthologies. His motto in life? “POETRY LIVES!” Besides poetry and other forms of writing, his other passions/interests include professional voice acting, singing/lyricism/songwriting, playing a few instruments, giving free love advice, fitness, and reading.


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Cover Photo: Zach Benard