Mud Season Review, Issue #56

June 20th, 2021

Featured Artwork by GJ Gillespie

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"Mirage," Diamanté Lavendar, digital art, various sizes Poetry Issue #56
By Mary Beth Becker-Lauth
"Underworld," Claire Lawrence, acrylic and alcohol ink on Yupo paper, 8 x 10 in Fiction Issue #56
By Marilyn Hope

Letter from the Editors

What causes us to change our thinking, shift the paradigm? Both mundane and impossibly challenging experiences can call us to new perspectives in surprising ways. Circumstances and events change us, alter us, crack us open, renew us. The work presented in this issue explores these transformations. Featured portfolio artist GJ Gillepsie aptly captures this theme when he speaks of his own work, “… art should permit the viewer to experience a sense of wonder, awe, and a new perspective of being, ” and invites us to deeply examine his pieces. In Mary Beth Becker-Lauth’s poetry we enter, through powerful metaphor, into the speaker’s struggle toward renewal, her relationship with silence and voice, and her emergence. What has been left unspoken becomes manifest, as in An Untouched Forest, “Now I try to tell you and a vine creeps up/ my throat…” In the fiction piece Deadheading by Marilyn Hope, a group of friends is stunned by insurmountable grief and shed their innocence because of it: “‘What are you planning?’ I demand. He sweeps back his hood. His head is shaven clean; it glistens under the streetlamps.” Guy Choate shares his uplifting reconnaissance in I Know, But This Was Nice as he reveals the afterglow of Covid-19 and the astonishing and revelatory mundanities of the day to day. We hope you enjoy this provocative issue.

~ Elaine and Grier