Couldn’t hold the light / We are / Like Floss


Couldn’t hold the light: Windmills, by Toad the Wet Sprocket

We are: Author’s own work – Dust, first published in Heartwood Literary

Like Floss: Author’s own work – Where the grass goes higher, first published in Bombfire

Jason Melvin received a gimmicky T-shirt from his teenage daughter on Christmas with a picture of one large fist fist-bumping a much smaller fist. The caption read, “Behind every smart-ass daughter is a truly asshole Dad”. It fit.

His work has recently appeared in A Thin Slice of Anxiety, Roi Faineant and others. He was nominated for Pushcarts by Outcast and Bullshit Lit. He was named second runner up for the Heartwood Poetry Prize 2021. He can be found on Twitter @jason5melvin and on his website at