Unbroken Journal pattern

Unbroken is a quarterly online journal that seeks to showcase prose poems, poetic prose and haibun, both from established and emerging voices. We desire to give the block, the paragraph, the unlineated prose, a new place to play.

The paragraph is an extremely difficult form. Just as the wind brushes the underbelly of the idea, a new indent appears. All this hubbub about access and the idea, the idea and cohesion, the idea and liquid space. Polymorphs, snowglobes, a barrage of supporting examples, whirligigs that flutter about before falling into the netting of the idea. Seven ideas total, or one? Suddenly before a recheck for sentence completion it’s rounding up, prosaic summations, concluding with modular force. Sonnet-shaped yet unmusical, the paragraph is fast enough.”

~ Tom Snarsky, Unbroken Contributor


From our current issue . . .

  • image for "Iris Tree Smokes Hashish, 1916" by Benjamin Goluboff & Mark Luebbers

    Iris Tree Smokes Hashish, 1916 by Benjamin Goluboff & Mark Luebbers

    That was the summer at Bognor, back in the dunes, when Iris at nineteen held in Nancy Manners’ Kirby Grips a tiny smoldering ember of hashish wrapped in a strip of The Telegraph (Father called it The Tory-graph), inhaled deeply and waited, as Nancy vomited on the sand, for what would come. Some aspirant boy had […]

  • Street image for "A City Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" by Aditya Shankar

    A City Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Aditya Shankar

    A delusional man is the earth placed beneath an absent sky. He finds the clock to be the stupidest toy, perennially stuck at the present moment. The rooster is his favorite soloist, and cock-a-doodle-doo, the latest chart buster. At breakfast, the way he caresses the egg gives away the hands of a great lover. At […]

  • deer image for "Deer Crossing" by Kristinha M. Anding

    Deer Crossing by Kristinha M. Anding

    I swear you paused at the edge of the road and looked me in the eye before you chose to step out. Car brakes slamming the dull thud of contact between metal and body 40 miles an hour but it was a curve so maybe we had slowed Renee said it could have been worse […]

  • image for "I Knew a Cop" by Hannah Vanderhart

    I Knew a Cop by Hannah Vanderhart

    Probably not a great cop. He worked undercover for the county for seventeen years. He collected narcotics. When his wife grew angry, she would walk gently through their ranch, stroke the corner of every picture frame until the lines of the house registered a 1.5 on the Richter scale—a microquake. Not enough to break a […]

  • image for "This is a Thing You Think" by Ben Slotky

    This is a Thing You Think by Ben Slotky

    There is a scene that you think you remember but can’t remember from where. It is in a book. Something you wrote. Something you will write. Something you imagined, something that happened or didn’t, and in it a man is walking up a long driveway. It is in the forest, the driveway is. The man […]

  • Iguana, image for "Pet Sitting a Spitting Iguana" by Monica Flegg

    Pet Sitting a Spitting Iguana by Monica Flegg

    It turned out pet sitting iguanas wasn’t for her, and this particular iguana didn’t make it any easier. His name was Michael, and he perched atop the curtain rod above the slider door she had to enter, making every entrance a spit showered death wish. Coaxing him into his cage by prodding him with a […]

  • image for "Caregiver" by Megan Wildhood

    Caregiver by Megan Wildhood

    Our team of doctors gave us a choice for recovery: sleep on a bed of nails, walk hot coals with a refrigerator strapped to your back or swim the Arctic with hungry sharks and we chose bed of nails because it’s close to work. You just wish you could take ten seconds and do the […]

  • desk with typewriter, image for "Contributor's Note" by David Spicer

    Contributor’s Note by David Spicer

    Jack Doe, known as the Unknown Poet, has had poems published in over 50,403 poetry journals, online sites, e-zines, and newspapers—almost every one of them insignificant, irrelevant, and inconsequential. They are his prized possessions that he has crammed on bookcases around the perimeter of his poet-cave. He also has had four sonnet-sestinas published in The […]

  • image for "Dreams" by Emile Benoit

    Dreams by Emile Benoit

    You’re supposed to remain calm in an emergency, even in a dream as hordes of hungry jackals surround you discussing dinner plans while you’re two hours late for the only plane leaving this nightmare until tomorrow night. Good decisions come from a mind free of panic and confusion, yet it’s often impossible to remain composed […]

  • image for "We Know the World with Our Bodies" by Di Jayawickrema

    We Know the World with Our Bodies  by Di Jayawickrema

    I began to think of you last night in the dying hours of a house party, sitting on a low couch in a dim room with a man I just met and will never see again, watching my friend dance with a stranger; their feet flying freely, palms pressed together, holding the space between them. […]

  • image for "Big Rigs, Whales & Gravity" by Fred Vogel

    Big Rigs, Whales & Gravity by Fred Vogel

    I’m smarter than most people I know. You know, those people who say stupid things about things they know nothing about. At least when I open my mouth I have something smart to say. At least that’s what the stupid people tell me. And they should know since they’ve never said a smart thing their […]

  • night sky, image for "This is a Universe" by John Michael

    This is a Universe by John Michael

    I – Instantaneous Eternity Universe There is a universe where humans never evolved to tell time, and everything happens all the time and all at once. Every person lives their entire lives for an instantaneous eternity. It’s like they’re binge watching their life stories while playing games on their phones. They miss out on the […]

  • Delaford Street by Ann Howells

    Delaford Street by Ann Howells

    Assassins crouch behind an oleander hedge turned yellow in rejected city light. Textures and folds are visible within the darkness. Flies in mournful swarms descend. Bombings might become less common did we not seek to read about them so avidly. Protest groups named with forced acronyms picket the door; I consider turning off the neon […]

  • birds on a wire, image for "Ella Fitzgerald Sang “Summertime” While California Birds Issued Hazardous Substance Warnings"

    Ella Fitzgerald Sang “Summertime” While California Birds Issued Hazardous Substance Warnings by Lyndi Bell O’Laughlin

    California birds were always chirping something in the background. One oleander leaf can kill you. So don’t eat it. Me and Bonnie, strumming guitars, trying to sing our teenage girl ways into the future. My voice quiet, not sure if everyone’s house held the same secrets, her voice wide as Ella’s, Your daddy’s rich and […]

  • image for "Lacrimae Rerum" by Howie Good

    Lacrimae Rerum by Howie Good

    They killed and killed and piled the bodies up high. In the pile there was someone’s neck, someone’s head, someone’s leg. A neighbor’s child was able to crawl out, I don’t know how. He kept begging for water in a faint voice. It takes a long time to get over everything that’s happened. People no […]

  • muddy hands image for "The Way We Should All Go" by Jack Caseros

    The Way We Should All Go by Jack Caseros

    There’s a Financial Analyst at the far end of the meeting room, running a finger along an over-sized spreadsheet. She wants to know how I over-spent. It is troubling—double over budget. The Board of Directors doesn’t understand. To their shareholders, they said environmental stewardship was the cost of doing business. Now that cost was too […]

  • a smoker, image for "Quitting" by Greg Emilio

    Quitting by Greg Emilio

    We smoked. We smoked. We smoked one, then another, then another. Our smokes held hands, daisy-chained like lemmings into the abyss. We smoked because of that third drink. We smoked because our conversation was just getting good, because our words needed silver flesh. We waved our smokes like wands, cast love-spells over each other. The […]

  • flame, image for "Dreamsympathy" by Logan Ellis

    Dreamsympathy by Logan Ellis

    (after Dorothea Tse) In the dining room of your dream, our families are joined for dinner. Fire sits cross-legged at the table in my sister’s place, arms outstretched, leaning & expectant like a punctured crucifix. It doesn’t even know what to say. Get your elbows off the table my mom shouts to Fire, and it […]

  • image for "Growing Up in a Basement" by Jeff Burt

    Growing Up in a Basement by Jeff Burt

    Lego Men Galvanized water pipes three-quarter inch soft to sight like crushed gravel beneath the soft soles, six and twelve inch ducting dull silver, a few copper tubes. Nails, chalk marks, a plumber’s hieroglyphics, and two Lego Men hidden years before and forgotten, staring down onto the tan futon couch and the bleached wicker chairs […]