Welcome to CQX

So, here it is! Issue 10 – or, as we prefer to call it, Cuckoo X – has finally landed! It might not seem like ten issues (it only seems like yesterday that Cuckoo hatched), but at long last, it has reached double digits, and so it is only right that this issue is one of our most diverse yet.

In this issue alone, we have poetry (such as the brilliant and very relatable Dancing Around The Maybes by Tave Burnett), cuttings, shorts, non-fiction, and also some submissions for this issue’s theme. Evidently, you are all a rather happy flock, as there were many submissions for the theme of ‘A smile is the same in every language’, including the unique (and excellent) The Music Man by Erin Keating, and – taking a more melancholy approach – Saunved Mutalik’s Dying Song.

So, sit back, put on a broad smile (perhaps almost as broad as our collection of work this issue) and enjoy this tenth issue of Cuckoo Quarterly.

Luke Davis, editor, Cuckoo Quarterly 10

Please be advised some of our submissions contain strong language and challenging themes.

Theme: A smile is the same in every language
No matter the difference between languages, races, genders, sexuality or beliefs, a miserable day can be turned into a slightly better one simply through the power of a smile. Have a look at how our submitters took this issue’s theme and how Jacob Armstrong’s Album Beauty demonstrates the wonder of nostalgia.

Dying Song by Saunved Mutalik
Album Beauty by Jacob Armstrong
The Music Man by Erin Keating
The smiles of the 1st World by Adwoa Owusu-Darko

Lewis Brown continues with the next instalment of his gripping The Boy and the Storm, while we gradually start to learn more about the mysterious captive in the second part of Joseph McGuchan’s In Good Faith.

The Boy and the Storm (IV) by Lewis Brown
In Good Faith (Part Two) by Joseph McGuchan

Non-fiction has always been a sparse territory, however the quality is always unequivocally high. This edition has certainly set out to prove that, and if you go ahead and read  Megan Duenas’ remarkable piece, you’ll certainly see why!

The Labyrinth of Suffering or the Labyrinth is suffering? by Megan Duenas

We are proud to present perhaps our broadest and most accomplished set of poems to date! Poems of substance, which mean something, such as Tave Burnett’s Dancing Around the Maybes or the playful vibe of Liza Goldberg’s Jester. So, without further ado, feel free to browse, and submerge yourself in the most delightful array of poetry that Cuckoo writers have to offer!

20 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Love Me by Alexis Gordon
We Are Not Heroes by Anneka Winder
Dancing Around The Maybes by Tave Burnett
Dear person in the park by Lewis Brown
Garden in March by Theo Lewis
I Sleep in the Sea by Ruby Fatimilehin
Jester by Liza Goldberg
Reincarnation Blues by Ruby Fatimilehin
Taurean Negotiations by Adriane Tharp
The young may go, but the old must go by Daniel Bowman
To the Lover Claiming Global Warming is a Lie by Dani Blum
Veisalgia by Jacob Armstrong
Chlorine by Joseph McGuchan

Cuttings are short. Even shorter than shorts. And yet both of this issue’s submissions for this section will have you gripped throughout, and perhaps even reduce you to tears…

Sophia by Beth Allison
Fall with Me by Madison McLeod

The clue is in the title – brief excerpts of life that are both short and powerful. Haven’t got time to read a full length novel, but poetry isn’t your thing? Shorts are for you. This has always been an interesting one, and with titles like Plastic Chairs, anything can happen. Still too long? Perhaps you ought to try the six-word creations of the Amble Cuckoo writers. And if you don’t have time for that… you don’t have time for anything.

Wreck by Beth Allison
Six word short stories by Gabriel Brown, Lucy Miller-Trotter, Millie Davis and Will Jones
Green Skies by Jack Nuttgens
Plastic Chairs by Ben Oakes

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