Monday, May 27, 2024


you who gave everything
and you who offered
don't abandon all your hopes
we haven't learned much
but I see hope
upon a distant hill


retrieves the pterosaur
right-wing history


the lonely housewife
alien carnivore mimic
starving on the shag

Sunday, May 26, 2024


artillery fire
worse: a Carrington event
blowing transformers worldwide
out with a bang


Dreams and Nightmares 127


Michael Emerald, First Contact—Alien Encounter on the Lunar Surface, cover
Herb Kauderer, mail-order spouse
Roger Dutcher, Hot Tea
Gloundan Smorpian, [guy from Innsmouth]
Beth Cato & Rhonda Parrish, Not Waste a Drop
Jessica Peter, An Ode to an Amanita
F. J. Bergmann, Awry
Greg Schwartz, [tractor beam]
Gloundan Smorpian, [warehouse]
Lauren McBride, Better Stick the Landing
Chris Friend, [untitled]
Rachel Rodman, Columbus with Dementia
Lisa Timpf, As Twilight Approaches
Sarah Cannavo, A Difficult Question
Dorothy Lune, Birthing addicts
Bruce Boston, Surreal Divorce
Brian Hugenbruch, Timetables
L. Acadia, what you’d rather do in lieu of planning for your retirement
Callum Rowland, Recalculate
Ross McCleary, Boltzmann Brain
Richard Magahiz, Flowers for Great-great-greatgreat-grandmother
A J Dalton, Please Share
Gary Every, Spider Dreams
Sheila Kopaska-Merkel, [untitled]
Daniel Ausema, What Grows from our Heads
Yuliia Vereta, [this shuttle]
Sheila Kopaska-Merkel, Evolution
Devan Barlow, Cornflowers
Jennifer Crow, Ornithomancy
Don Webb, Doublesign Summer Concert
Hugh J. O’Donnell, Safety Guidelines
Robert Wooten, Hot Wheels
Philip Andrew Lisi, Forsaking All Others

I'm NOT a good photographer!

Dreams and Nightmares is a magazine of fantastic poetry, est. January, 1986, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, 10055 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge LA 70815 (205) 246-9346. Member, Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Ass'n ( since 1986. Print subs $25/6 issues ($35 outside North America); lifetime print sub. $90 (includes back issues & PDFs). Copr. 2024; all rights revert to contributors on publication. Pmt $15 on acceptance & 1 contributor's copy, or, a 3-issue subscription. $30+1 copy for color covers. Sample print copy $5. PDF $1/issue; lifetime PDF sub $39 (including back issues). I prefer to pay contributors & accept subscriptions & donations via PayPal to If you don't use PayPal, make checks out to me. E-subs preferred; best in body of message. RTF or TXT attachments OK. Snail-mail submissions should be accompanied by SASE with US postage. Open to authors of diverse backgrounds. Publ.: May, 2024. Submissions: URL:

Saturday, May 25, 2024


Review of

Surrealia, 2024, Miguel O. Mitchell, Gnashing Teeth Publishing, 242 East Main Street, Norman AR 71960, ISBN 979-8-9898345-0-1, 59 p.

Imagine a world in which all is surreal, a place where a visitor from reality would be ill-equipped to function. Where the familiar forms and terminology bubble with new meanings. On Surralia, every thing, every being, every event, is surreal. Language attempts to explain this with the quanta of words.

From “The Return of the Physicist”

his body particulated
a disintegrating sand castle
“godhood is relaxing”
the fleeting dust mouth muttered

he no longer belonged to the queen

This book is made up of two kinds of poems. Some are snapshots of different parts of Surralia, as observed by a visitor, as in the example excerpted above. Other poems tell stories in verse. The two stories, Museum Tour and Max's Journey, are very different. The first explores the universe in which Surralia exists. This is a fantastic and bewildering milieu, for the most bewildering planet of them all. The second tale concerns the struggle between good and evil, a conflict that stretches across 400 worlds. In Surralia, hope and freedom are not just words, but play out again and again, across the multiverse. The planet Surralia is a home to the surreal, but is also a sentient being itself, and one pregnant with power.

Mitchell has told in verse the old story of resistance against oppression. It's an old story, because it crops up again and again in the real world. Some of the poems in the book are more surreal than others; many don't achieve the lunacy of the one quoted above. However, the collection as a whole is a beautiful and surreal landscape of, perhaps, our own future.


climate succession

dead trees point fingers
reservoir retreats
algal slime dries, flakes
snails operculate
till the time of rain
fish flip flop, expire
bake white and flaky
herons pick their way
through the smorgasbord
walking stick nibbles
forbs till they're all gone