Meg Smith – 1 poem

The Key in the Letter


Your last invitation arrives,

in a woman’s script.

‘Thank you for giving him up,”

reads as a signature, 

or a ransom note without names. 

You demanded a burial, 

but it was poorly done.

The door will no longer open, 

the words will no longer sing.

No dust beings will follow.



Meg Smith is a writer, journalist, dancer and events producer living in Lowell, Mass.

Her poetry and fiction have appeared recently in The Cafe Review, Poetry Bay, The Horror Zine, Bewildering Stories, Dark Dossier, Raven Cage, and many more.

Recent anthology appearances include Atlantic Currents: Connecting Cork and Lowell, published by Loom Press.

She is a first-generation Irish-American, often inspired by her Irish and Boston-Irish culture, and travels to Ireland — as well as her travels to Europe, Egypt, Turkey, Puerto Rico and around the U.S.

She is the author of five poetry books. Her first short fiction collection, The Plague Confessor, is due out in fall 2020 from Emu Books. She welcomes visits to

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Welcome to Bindweed Magazine Issue 11

Happy New Year!

Bindweed Online 2021 is now launched! Since we (here in Northern Ireland/ the U.K.) are starting 2021 in another lockdown, there’s no better time than now to hunker down with some great poetry and fiction that you can enjoy anywhere in the world, whether you are in lockdown or not. New writing will be published every few days throughout the year, appearing on the Bindweed Magazine homepage and archived on the Issue 11 page. Submission Guidelines can be found there too for any writers and poets wishing to submit work. We read all year round and accept all genres and themes.

May 2021 bring health and happiness for us all!

Leilanie and Joseph 🍃


Bindweed Online 2021 is now open for submissions

We are now taking submissions for Issue 11 of Bindweed Magazine (Bindweed Online 2021) which will be launched in January 2021.

Hope to read your submissions soon!

Leilanie and Joseph


Free promotion for past Bindweed Contributors

Attention Bindweed contributors of yesteryear! As of January 2021, we are changing our ‘Free promotion for Indie Authors’ to ‘Free promotion for past contributors’. Essentially, what we intend to do is to give back to you, fabulous writers and poets, for choosing us as a home for your writing over the years.

So, if your work has appeared in one of our past issues (Issues 1-10, or Issue 11 as of January 2021) please send a link to buy/ link jpeg of your cover for your newly published or forthcoming poetry or short story collection or novel and we’ll give it a shout!

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