Volume 3, Issue 24

“Love can cauterize wounds and carve new ones. It is a bane, a salve, a mystery, and an all-consuming entity that we sometimes seek to stare down and shrink from because we cannot stand to see what is reflected back at us. This issue portrays love’s complicated facets, especially its passion, pain, and ambiguity.”

-D. W. McKinney, Issue 24 curator and TNSF Web Resident

You Belong to Me | Visual Art

“You belong to me is a colorful piece with man and woman. The man holds the woman’s heart in his hand. Is this love? Possession cannot be defined as love, except by the possessor. The bright colors offset the theme of this painting.

It doesn’t depict violence as its true definition, but it is more than implied.”

Magma | Poetry

“your fingertips on my spine, illuminating each vertebrae/ individually, the only light to be found on this road, where the canals/ run like arteries on either side, the skeletons of power plants/ bare, the shuttered darkness like a layer of topsoil/ on my car.”

-Amanda Leal, “Magma”

Permineralization | Fiction

“My bones creep out from the seeping soil, dwarfed even by the claws of the ancient lizards embedded in the same bank. The geologist watches the bank collapse while rain pours in curtains off the brim of her sunhat. She sees my rib jut out of the ground, swiftly washed clean in the downpour.”

Madeleine Sardina | Interview

“I think it comes down to balancing the action of a story and trusting the reader. I need the reader to know what’s happening but I don’t need to paint them a bloody picture. I can show a burst of violence and then cut to a quieter moment, or I can show the effects of abuse instead of showing the abuse itself and trust the reader to fill in the blanks.”


Book Reviews

Art & Photography

White Dog on the Road | Visual Art

White Dog on the Road | Visual Art

“White Dog On The Road” is something of a testament to wanderers, for dogs and ourselves. Roads provide a way to escape, to discover. Maybe we are leaving some place for a different future or fate. Maybe we are going home. Roads are endless, much like dreams, both good and bad.

-Christopher Woods, “White Dog on the Road”

Swan Lake | Photography

Swan Lake | Photography

“Swan Lake is about man/woman’s interaction with nature and how well or how awkwardly we fit in nature. I like the wariness of the swan, yet it hangs close for a better view. Curiosity and recklessness are dangerous bedfellows.”

Untitled 202005 | Visual Art

Untitled 202005 | Visual Art

“Mermaids are mysterious, seductive, and dangerous. In stories, they lead foolish men to their watery deaths, and I was inspired to depict a portrait of an enigmatic woman, crowned with coral, as a ship sinks far in the horizon. Instead of the usual flowing fishtails and hair, I wanted to focus on the subject as a person and stare straight into her eyes. Is she malicious, or can she be blamed for the actions of those seduced by her?”

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