Volume 4, Issue 5
Issue 5 of Volume 4 centers nature and the environment. The natural world is at times nurturing, at times dangerous. We, too, spring from our environment: how alike we are, and yet, how dissimilar.
Collage artist Kathy Bruce addresses some of those similarities in “Homage to von Humbolt,” imagining a fantastical portrait of the naturalist Alexander von Humbolt.
Similarly, in her untitled mixed-media artwork, Despy Boutris explores a relationship–to nature, to self, and to another–the excitement and fear that arises like wildfires.
Beth Copeland’s poems, “Owning a Hawk Feather is Illegal,” and “Lady Bug, Lady Bug, Fly Away Home,” also explore relationships through the lens of the natural world: how can we work together in this time of environmental crisis?
A small town in Tennessee must grapple with a young woman’s disappearance in Robert K. Pearcey’s woods-dark mystery, “The Disappearance of Sara Lang.”
Lastly, the lyrical “Cloudeater” by Srijani Ganguly follows a child with an independent streak and a strong curiosity about the world around him.
Art & Photography
“What interests me most is the way in which the human body/anatomy corresponds to structures in nature, plants, trees, and the landscape. This can manifest itself either internally or externally in the form of patterns, designs, or metaphorical context; the subtle yet enchanting similarities between the inner life of plants, trees, and humans. What are humans if not plants, trees, and fungi, themselves made-up of organic material?”
“Untitled. Mixed-media. Uses text, found images, tape, paint, and plant detritus to capture a feeling.”
“Chamber Coda was created exclusively with the pills found in the artist’s mother’s room after a final (successful) overdose. The nation is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, but marginalized populations are at dramatically higher risks.”