Issue #33

October 20, 2017

Letter from the editor

We’ve got something a little different for you this month! This issue is a special one celebrating poetry: twelve poets (fourteen poems) plus our wonderful featured artist Brent Schreiber.

If you’re familiar with us, you know we typically showcase only three authors, one per genre, so we are excited to shake things up and provide a range of topics, perspectives, and styles. Want to get lost in an ekphrastic poem? Check out Aileen Bassis’s “A Girl Who Was Born Without a Mother” on the painting of the same name by Francis Picabia. Or maybe you’re more in the mood for a poem about unrequited love, in which case Savannah Cooper’s “Fragments” would be an excellent choice: “I would have been your keeper, / building walls of warm-colored / brick around your spent form.” If you want to be transported to the Arno in Italy, there are two poets that spotlight the famous river (with very distinct emotions attached to its presence), Moushumi Chakrabarty and Rachel Walker.

After you thoroughly savor the poetry, don’t forget to take an in-depth look at Brent Schreiber’s art. We are featuring his most well-known collection, the Listen series, an ongoing project that explores faith and spirituality through portraits. In addition to the stunning details of the figures themselves, there is often text included. Sometimes the message being displayed is prominent and clear, and other times the text is partially blocked off or hard to read due to its size. This seems a spiritual metaphor in itself; a person can have a spiritual experience that is obvious to them or easily explained, or they can have an experience that is obscure and leaves them full of doubt.

Enjoy. Carve some pumpkins. Walk on crunchy leaves. We’ll be back to our standard format next month with a new group of talented writers to curl up with in your coziest autumn clothing.

Lauren Bender, editor-in-chief