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Issue 10 Table of Contents

Cover Art

Kade, Abby Rose Maurer

Back Cover Art

Homeless (San Diego, #1), Abby Rose Maurer

Poetry

Chord Progression: B, Annah Sidigu
as He Is, Lori Gravley
the Wedding Supper, 1962, Judy Johnson
the Cottage in July, 1965, Judy Johnson
Before I Eat, Lori Gravley
Crimson Unnamed, Sarasota Green
Conscription: in Love with Antagonists, Jake Sheff
Jealousy, Hali Cobb
Where the Wind Lives, Kathy B. Austin
Singing Shirley Smith, Shannon Kallmeyer
Careless with Calendars, Gina Marie Giardina
Living in an Age of Question Marks, Wes Bishop
Nocturnal Vision, Betsy Hughes
Mine, Jaylin Paschal
Family Dollar, David Lee Garrison
Winter in the Library, David Lee Garrison
Every Other Summer, Jaida Sterling
Breathing Fitzgerald, Heather Martin
from Hell to Breakfast, T.J. McGuire
Winter Retreat, Kathy B. Austin

Prose

in His Eyes, Tomovi Keoni
an Unexpected Warmth, Rae Niehaus
Lemonade Standing, Carolyn Hunter

Photography & Visual Art

Untitled #1, Dan Landis
the Mayan Undergod, Ben Riddlebarger
Study of a Man, Heather Lea Reid
Untitled #2, Dan Landis
Woodland Door, Tiffany Shaw-Diaz
into the Unknown, Jason Benning

Kade

nupastel and pastel on paper

nupastel and pastel on paper

about the artist
Abby Rose Maurer is from Sidney, Ohio. A graduate from the University of Dayton, with a major in fine arts, she currently works as the gallery director at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, Ohio. Her work is a combination of drawing, printmaking, and painting. She also uses ceramics as a canvas for her drawings. www.abbyrosemaurer.com

Homeless (San Diego #1)

nupastel and pastel on paper

nupastel and pastel on paper

about the artist
Abby Rose Maurer is from Sidney, Ohio. A graduate from the University of Dayton, with a major in fine arts, she currently works as the gallery director at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, Ohio. Her work is a combination of drawing, printmaking, and painting. She also uses ceramics as a canvas for her drawings. www.abbyrosemaurer.com

Untitled #1

digital photography

digital photography

about the artist
Dan Landis has been interested in photography since, as a high school student, he did darkroom work at Logan Studios in downtown Dayton from 1969 to 1971. In this after-school job, Dan eventually learned to do assignment work, photographing high school events and sports. Currently, Dan is in his thirty-fifth year of teaching English at Northmont High School. Photography has always been a passion. Dan has been inspired by the work of Richard Avedon, Alfred Eisenstadt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and  Ansel Adams. He loves all genres of photography, and loves to try his hand at nature photography, landscapes, and architecture.  Dan lives in Kettering with his partner, Vicki Hendricks. See more of Dan’s work at landiscapes.com

Chord Progression: B

You’ll notice the air—
surprisingly sweet-smelling
from tufts of red (really lilac)
and white clover. Now there’s
a weed that would be useful but
for honeybees is saccharine—
is the last meal of the prisoner
pardoned posthumously.

Close your eyes, you’re in
a meadow, not Muir’s mountains
or Whiteley’s far-flung fairy-forests,
but a plot abandoned to sunlit fragrance.

Only the street song—vehicular humming;
freight train’s neighing; neighbors recycling
through fugues, rounds, new world symphonies,

Techno, rap, oldies (but never the violin concerto)—
off-white clutter of noise and littered pop bottles,
empty single-serving bags of corn and potato
chips, condom condemned to curb appeal,

like smoke over the colony, leave us
fog-brained and as venom-drained
as middle-aged pacifists.

about the author
Annah Sidigu is a poet, copy editor and songwriter currently residing in Dayton, Ohio. Her work has been published in Kenyon College’s student literary magazines, Hika and Persimmons. She and her dear friend, painter Edith Casterline, recently released the poetry and art chapbook of starshit, stardust and shooting stars.

as He Is

He curls on the green of the lawn,
rolled on his side, hands in prayer
beneath his head, a pillow.
He praises the soft ground.
Above him, the sky is the blue of the sky
that I painted on his ceiling when he was three.
Every night, I tucked him beneath those clouds.
Now, his long body curls
the way he had to curl inside me to stay contained
in this package of bone and skin.

I know that I should see him only as he is,
this present moment in him alive,
the strength of his body, fresh from a race.
When a woman says, “What a strong young man
you’ve become,” he pauses.
“He’s still a boy too,” I say, a laugh in my voice.
He nods his head, a small gesture,
without lifting it from the ground.
His eyes are closed.
I wonder, holding the image of him here
of baby, toddler, man,
if I hold those images all together,
all at once and wrap him in my thoughts,
is that a wound or a gift?

about the author
Lori Gravley lives just outside of Yellow Springs, Ohio. She earned her MFA in Poetry at the University of Texas at El Paso. Lori has published poems in the recent issue of Flights magazine, and has also been published in Nebo, Rio Grande Review, Poetry Motel and other small literary magazines  Recently, her non-fiction and photography was featured on The Pantone Project (120 & 423).

the Wedding Supper, 1962

For months the women gather
mother, grandmother, aunts, older cousins
to bake kiefle, buttery crescent shapes
filled with jam or nuts, the real treat,
though the wedding cake will seem to star.

After the service, the sit down dinner ended, cake cut,
the men folded wooden chairs, pushed them to the walls,
bride and groom dance, then separate,
the men, one by one paying to dance
with flushed girl-bride stuffing bills into her bra—
good luck—
before heading to the open bar upstairs
where schnapps and gossip flow
and the women once again kitchen-bound,
heat the spicy sausages and potatoes and kraut
for the midnight supper, unwrap trays of pastry
all that work, all that sweetness gone in an hour.

about the author
Native Ohioan Judy A. Johnson has lived in the Miami Valley for more than three decades. She is a freelance writer and a reference librarian at Clark State Community College. A member of a small writing group since the 1990s, she has written poems that have been heard on WYSO’s “Conrad’s Corner” and at Art and Poetry events at the Dayton Art Institute. Her book, A Week to Pray About It, a collection of meditations, was published by Cowley Publications in 2006.