If in her agency, she chooses the sociopath by Eddie Vega

Alibi, Eddie Vega, International Noir, New York, Noir Nation, Poetry, Punk Noir Magazine



If in her agency, she chooses the sociopath


If in her agency, she chooses the sociopath,

who beat her with open palm and word,

I will not interfere with reason or gesture.


Perhaps her heart has already fled back

or was never here…

And there’s nothing to discuss

Except what things to return.


If in her agency, she chooses the man who treats her

like spill on a barroom floor

(reasserting only what she feels about herself?)—


she’s no such thing!

she’s the light that fills every space she moves in!—


if that’s what she chooses,

if that’s what she chooses…


in her agency.

Eddie Vega is a Cuban-born writer with degrees in English literature, writing, and journalism from Brooklyn College (CUNY) and Columbia University. His poetry has been published in numerous venues including Pearson’s My Perspectives textbook, where the poem “Translating Grandfather’s House” quickly became a popular reading assignment in middle and high schools across the U.S. His news writing has appeared in Washington Post, T.V. Guide, The Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, and Austin-American Statesman. He is author of a novel, Awake Now, Sailor, and a book of poems, Translating Grandfather’s House and other Poems, Puntos, and Décimas, both published by Bare Knuckles Press.

Portrait Of The Artist As A Consumer: Renato Bratkovič

Alibi, Portait Of The Artist As A Consumer, Punk Noir Magazine, Renato Bratkovic



I don’t really watch too much TV, maybe twice or three times a month I catch a film on our national TV station. But I do like Netflix: Black Mirror, Unorthodox, After Life, The Stranger, Living with Yourself, Derek, Peaky Blinders, Safe, The Valhalla Murders, Novine, Love Death + Robots, Russian Doll,


Works by Hubert Selby, Irvine Welsh, Chuck Palahniuk, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Norman Mailer, Henry Miller, Kurt Vonnegut and Charles Bukowski are my favourites.


I never get bored with Stanley Kubrick, Paul Thomas Anderson, Hal Hartley, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Sofia Coppola, David Fincher, Stephen Soderbergh, Spike Lee, Danny Boyle, …


My ears are used to Laibach, Nick Cave, Radiohead, Einstürzende Neubauten, Teho Teardo, Kraftwerk, Mizar, The Doors, many projects by Mike Patton, instrumental jazz, classical music, film music, etc.


There’s no place like home … I’m slowly becoming a hermit …


I like to eat to stay alive, but food is not so important to me …


… as beer. All types and styles of.


As a kid, I dreamt of becoming a comic book artist and animator. I still love visual arts, painting, design, illustration and photography very much, so wherever I go, every city I visit, I make sure to check out their galleries and museums.


“We don’t want to be happy, we want to be famous!” (Lunkwill from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

BIO:  An ad man and fiction writer from Slovenia. Author of two short story collections, Don’t Try This At Home (2012) and It’s All True (although it may not have happened) (2016), the third, Dark Matters (You Can’t Make This Shit Up) is on its way. The creator of Alibi, the International Crime&Noir Literary Festival.

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Not Guilty! Alibi 2018, September 28th – 30th by Renato Bratkovič

Alibi, Noir, Punk Noir Magazine, Renato Bratkovic, Slovenia


Nothing surprises us anymore. Populism and fake news “prove” the world we knew will collapse any time. Migrants are not trying to escape heartless business models conceived by greedy arms dealers, they’re here to steal our jobs, rape our women and cut our heads off. Gay people lurk around every corner and threaten to infect our children who’ll also become homosexual. Right now, lizards are taking over the planet. And, yeah, the Earth is flat…

That’s what you can find out in the most reliable sources of social media. But here and there you can still find people who search for answers in literature. Answers about real life. Answers about people you’d never want to meet, but you empathize with anyway. About people who jeopardize everything to reach their goals, although you can tell from the start they’re not going to reach them. About people like … you and me.

So, another Alibi is over, another bunch of awesome people, not to talk about food and drink and what stories came out at the end.

This year we were kind of Balkan-themed: Johnny Shaw was in Croatia when we first talked about Alibi in January, Anamaria Ionescu is from Romania, and Marko Popovič & Robert Perišić, well we share the country that doesn’t exist anymore. And we represent Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia in the BalkaNoir anthology published by Greek publisher Kastaniotis Editions.

For me, Alibi means having an alibi for three days of shameless eating and drinking … And writing, of course, the third day means reading what you wrote in front of an audience. Check it out.

Again a group of fine people got together ― I’m not sure whether I have such luck in picking just the right people or is just every crime and noir writer a wonderful person?

Again some fine stories came out of the mix of hard work, earthly pleasures and mutual inspiration. Find them here.

In two years, a very special thing is going to happen: all the writers will get together again and celebrate the Alibi Anthology, where all the stories from 2015 to 2019 are published together.

PS: If you’re at Frankfurt Book Fair, visit the panel on Balkan Noir where I’m one of the speakers.