Issue #21

in the tension of the crossroads

Riki Moss interviews
Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees

 

Our contributing art editor Riki Moss recently had this exchange with Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees, our Issue #21 featured artist. Here’s what she had to say about the creative impulse, the inspiration found at the intersection of cultures, and her work depicting histories of Vermonters… Read more

Orbiting a Mysterious Hub

JD Fox interviews
Jessica Bryant Klagmann

 

Our poetry co-editor JD Fox recently had this exchange with Jessica Bryant Klagmann, our Issue #21 featured fiction author. Here’s what she had to say about the inspiration behind “June, Fierce and Simple,” her approach to writing, and what she took away from her MFA experience… Read more

a medal or a firing squad

Erin Post interviews
Ace Boggess

 

Our poetry co-editor Erin Post recently had this exchange with Ace Boggess, our Issue #21 featured poet. Here’s what he had to say about his appreciation of the absurd, how his time in prison affected his writing process, and how his approach to writing poetry differs from his novel writing… Read more

*Image: "Seveso" by Marcy Hermansader, 30" x 45” Color Pencil and Acrylic on Paper, 1981., Mud Season Review Artist.

FICTION ISSUE #21

June was Fierce, Simple

By Jessica Bryant Klagmann
 
 

It was really going on Thursday. Pietro went out in the middle of the night, not to see the stars but to water his plants. He wasn’t aware of the stars, not yet. He tripped over the hose. He swore the way his mother had taught him. As he sat in the dirt, smacking dust from his slacks, he looked up and noticed that indeed there were stars, many of them…
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"Lucid Dreams" by Bonnie Shanas, Wire Mesh Sculpture

POETRY ISSUE #21

“Is Anxiety a Defense or a Philosophy?”

By Ace Boggess
 
 

Two anxious people walk into a bar.

No one notices, & everyone does.

Depends on whom you ask, I guess,

for that joke to make sense.

All I know is the fear of “Hello”—
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Siskiwit Lake with unnamed island. Photo by Thomas Jefferson Stevenson. Image courtesy of the Historic Green Shed Museum in Cornucopia, WI.

NONFICTION ISSUE #21

Cornucopia, Unincorporated

By Nancy Wyland
 
 

When I was younger, Dad often remarked about Cornucopia being “unincorporated,” as if this were a point of interest or amusement. I could tell it had something to do with the town’s size, but only after I looked up the word “unincorporated” did I realize the charming irony of a village proclaiming its independence within a town of 230 people…
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"Wild Hives / Black Queens" by Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees, 12' x 12' sculptural installation of painted muslin and photographs dipped in beeswax with Poplar branches, Mud Season Review

ART ISSUE #21

Wild Hives / Black Queens

By Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees
 
 

Making and creating is a link to deep remembering. The objects I make are artifacts and a residue of the process of remembering. It is possible that these artifacts can stir memories for others — not the same memory but connecting to the multiple resonant, dissonant and incommensurate sense of self and remembering ourselves back into the continuing creation of Life…
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