Issue #31

NONFICTION ISSUE #31

Blighted

By Elsa Valmidiano
 
 

Blight: NOUN 1. Any of numerous plant diseases resulting in sudden conspicuous wilting and dying of affected parts, especially young, growing tissues. 2. The condition or causative agent, such as a bacterium, fungus, or virus, that results in blight….
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"Television Can Seriously Damage Your Imagination" Acrylic on canvas with enamel tiles, buttons and paper collage

POETRY ISSUE #31

Defense of Dysfunction

By Crystal J. Zanders
 
 

My brother and I used to fight over the remote.

We would spend hours after school

before Mama got home, arms locked in battle.

If you let go, you lost…
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"Drowning Jester" by Kim J. Gifford, digital collage

FICTION ISSUE #31

Small

By Erin Seaward-Hiatt
 
 

The first mortuary gig was a rush thing I’d agreed to after my dream job of designing indie album sleeves stopped panning out. “Well, you get to honor families’ last wishes for their loved ones,” people say. “How honorable is that?” Really, designing headstones is just a lot of convincing people not to opt for the Papyrus heading…
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"Night Reader" by Jeanie Tomanek, Oil on canvas, 36x24 inches

ART ISSUE #31

Oil Paintings

By Jeanie Tomanek
 
 

Jeanie Tomanek is an artist and poet who uses elements from the natural world, her life, mythology, fairy tales, and folk tales to create symbolism and a storyline in her work. Her main focus is on exploring feminine archetypes and the universal experiences of women. Of the women shown in her paintings, she says: “Being bald and shorn of any particular identity, they become all women.”…
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