Issue 13: Once Upon a Linear Time (Aug-Sep 2017) is an unthemed issue featuring poetry, prose, videos, and artwork from writers and artists around the world.
first day of school — Anthony Q. Rabang
Once Upon a Linear Time — Marianne Paul
Before We Stepped Outside — James Croal Jackson
Trees and Names — Clyde Kessler
Saving Face — Mary McCarthy
Natural Light — Anna Kander
In the Temple — Marie Craven
Boat — Olivier Schopfer
abandoned home— Billy Antonio
On the Way to the Ocean — Marianne Szlyk
Three Poems — Tara Roeder
There Must Have Been Starfish — Jeanie Tomasko
summer heat — Mark Gilbert
into the night — Marianne Paul
Hollow — Steve Klepetar
Skeletons — Alixa Brobbey
Bad News — Helina Hookoomsing
parachute silks — Debbie Strange
our tracks — Marilyn Fleming
At the Edge of the Forest — Ben Groner III
Growing Alone — W. Jack Savage
In the Wadi — Devon Balwit
In Homage to Those Who Metamorphose — Sarah Bigham
Death Meditation — Marie Craven
country road — Jennifer Hambrick
I tend to say yes when volunteers are needed, which is how I wound up coaching soccer and leading a Cub Scout den (and getting way behind on Gnarled Oak). I did both of those things growing up and now that my son is old enough for these sorts of activities, I’m happy to help make them happen for him. It’s fun.
As a Cub Scout leader, I had the pleasure of taking a bunch of first grade boys for a nature walk last week. Being quiet to listen for birds was tricky, but they discovered so much: rocks, caterpillars, mushrooms, dragonflies, fish and turtles. It was a joy to see these kids look beyond the playground and themselves to the natural world that exists even in one little pocket of the suburbs.
It’s a beautiful thing to open your eyes on what is old and all around in such a way that it all seems new. Seeing things through their young eyes was a gift, and it made me think of Gnarled Oak (because I was running late) and how through it we experience so much made new.
And I’ll leave it here because this issue ran so late. So, without further ado, let me just say thank you to our contributors for their work and our readers for their time. See you in a few weeks for an October issue that will hopefully be more on time.
With gratitude and thanks,
James Brush, editor