His mossy crotch stains the shower floor green
and the drain is clogged with wet clumps of grass.
My boy unfolds into fronds of fern as he slowly sheds
any semblance of me. I’m losing his face through bark
and branches. His hair fluffs with pollen
and his armpits secrete a nectar so cloying
his room is filled with bees. He no longer speaks,
just stares out the window, lusting for sun.
I lie and tell him I understand, that it’s natural,
but my voice is lost through miles of forest.
I don’t know what to get him for his birthday.
I place a basket beneath his outstretched arms
and together we celebrate his falling leaves.
Armin Tolentino (poem, Back Cover) received his MFA at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. His poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Smoky Blue Literary and Arts Magazine, Ellipsis, and Backwords Press. He was a 2014 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship recipient, and hopes one day to earn a Guinness Record for the world’s loudest clap.
Published in Raven Chronicles, Vol. 22, 2016.
Curated by Les Morely;
Co-sponsored by Raven Chronicles.
Hopvine Pub, Capitol Hill Neighborhood,
507 15th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112
John Dlouhy, “Lost Time,” Digital Prints. 11/1-11/27/16. Artist Reception: Thursday 11/3 at 7:00 pm
Dlouhy sifts through art historical references for images that resonate and then processed these images with digital tools to achieve a layering that speaks to memory, distortion, pattern and color.
And (this is a double exhibit):
Maggie Murphy, “Sea Knots,” Linocut Relief and Reduction Prints. 11/1-11/27/16. Artist Reception: Thursday 11/3 at 7:00 pm
Murphy’s process involves developing personally-charged, symbolic images, or, sometimes, images that provide spiritual refuge. These intricate prints are created using a multi-layered, multi-plate process and reductive printing methods.
Daniel Michael Viox, “On Nature, Time and Patience,” Acrylic on Wood. 12/1-12/31/16. Artist Reception: Thursday 12/8 at 7:00 pm
Viox is inspired by patterns of nature, geological formations, precious stones, topographical maps, and satellite imagery of the earth. He believes in the transformative power of art, myth, and metaphor.
2 poems from Words From the Cafe, An Anthology,
Edited by Anna Balint, Raven Chronicles Press, 2016
ISBN 978-0-9979468-0-2, 202 pages, $14.99
by Esmeralda Hernandez
In the heart of the city
if you listen carefully
you can hear the cries of humanity.
Each night I lie in my bed at the shelter
not knowing who will enter,
with no telling what will happen
I have seen a sea of faces of homeless women.
As I make my way through that sea
I get to know some of them, gently pushing
my way, I make my own wave.
Some waves move forward to find land.
Some waves fold long before reaching land.
Like many, I’ve walked
through a sea of tears, yet still felt
God’s gentle push, to remind me
that His love is wider than any ocean,
and whenever I weep He turns it into love.
Cry and Transform
Walk briskly. Will rain.
The ego is anxious.
The ego wants no change.
But change has already occurred—
an exercise in love,
picking up and going forward.
At the same time, sadness.
Feel older. Accomplishments?
Not everyone gets to accomplish much.
Going to a back and spine doctor—
they are not so quick to prescribe.
Started doing yoga, again.
No longer able to sweep, prune, saw, hammer. No heavy lifting.
No longer get to drive.
Must think about
mobility = long term ability.
The little stuff more hard . . .
Cry and transform.