As I have often said that
The people speak a language of lies, and the telos of the poet
Is to turn the language of lies the people speak

Into a language of truth. But the poets desiring prizes,
Publication, and popularity became poetasters and
Slavishly copied the language of lies that the people speak,
And thus authentic poetry is vanishing from the earth.​​

Artist Spotlight: Misty Ellingburg

Misty Ellingburg is a record-breaker here at The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society: she’s the first writer that we’ve published in all three genres—poetry, fiction, and non-fiction—let alone in all three genres in the same month. As our poetry editor, Bee Walsh, said when we first realized we’d all unknowingly selected a piece from Ms. Ellingburg: “That girl can write.”

I highly recommend you read, copy, paste, and save Misty’s “writing on writing,” below. It’s part encouragement, part advice, part inspiration, the perfect antidote to writer’s block, or to the sort of malaise and malcontent that comes with regularly questioning whether or not what you’re doing is important, if it matters, if it makes a difference. (Many writers will be familiar with these feelings, I believe.) “To write is a big thing, and so beautiful,” Misty begins. Is there anything more comforting a writer can hear?

- Alecia Eberhardt, Fiction Editor

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​sweet lord, how did we end up here tonight?
running your hands down my spine
(like that, exactly like that, christ)
is a one way ticket to being immortalized on a page,
and goddamn if your parents didn’t raise you better

i have a knack for not letting go
for holding on to an unlikely hope
fuck it, forever, i’m gonna be sorry.

Artist Spotlight: Dalton Day

As a poetry editor, you collect your work typically in one of two ways: some poets you find, and have to have; some poets find you, and you don’t know how you ever were without them. Dalton Day, somehow, is both to me. He came to RP&D through FreezeRay poetry, a pop-culture magazine we featured earlier this year, and I chose his work to highlight. This time, Day submitted “normally” and I was taken once again. His piece, “Sweet to Hear,” is the right combination of simplistic, authoritative, and questioning that I look for in every submission. Day’s artist featured started with the first sentence as inspiration and went from there, but I think it says more about him that any biography ever could.


Bee Walsh, Poetry Editor

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