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Double Visitation

By Mary Leader Poetry

Once, night floated for ten or twelve seconds
on daybreak, following a sleepless night,
with Lydia, my cat of nineteen years,

in pain from renal failure, beside me….

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Stories to Think With: Fiction as a Mode of Inquiry

By Mary Lane Potter Culture

Clarice Lispector. The Complete Stories. Translated by Katrina Dodson. Edited by Benjamin Moser. New Directions, 2015. Kevin McIlvoy. Is It So? Glimpses, Glyphs, and Found Novels. WTAW Press, 2023. Alva Noë. Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature. Hill and Wang, 2015.   HOW TO BEAR HAPPINESS?” That’s the question a character identified only as “Number…

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Midsummer Vigil

By Nicole Parsons Essay

Now these voices hover around the belfry and bellow out Pray every day that you’ll see things.
I have. I’ve worked and watched. This was not the answer I wanted.

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On Purity

By Jacques J. Rancourt Poetry

A friend claims that dogs are proof
of purity. Just yesterday, mine escaped
into the neighbor’s yard to eat a cache

of cat shit he had sniffed out.

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By Katie Kresser Culture

Sham is subtractive, but I, a being, am aggregate. Creation is aggregate. Human creativity is, in its deepest dynamics, aggregate and productive. Let us ornament ourselves, yes, but not toward the end of erasure. Let our adornments extend our penumbrae, our enveloping souls, into the ether that melts into heaven, stacking glory upon glory as cell and organ, skin and fur, aura and crown, radiate the Life that animates all.

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Talismans of Time

By Sal Taylor Kydd Visual Art

I don’t pretend that I am capturing the truth about my subjects. I’m interested in creating something that feels timeless, that could have been made at any moment.

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