Issue 2: The Velocity of Night—Summary, Contents & Editor’s Note

by on Feb 22, 2015


Issue 2: The Velocity of Night (Jan-Feb 2015) is an unthemed issue featuring poetry, prose, videos, and artwork from writers and artists around the world.

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Tales of the Forest — Michele S. Cornelius

Big Red Hands — Howie Good

nail art — Angelee Deodhar

The Convert — Marie Craven

my shadow — Chen-ou Liu

hibiscus and jasmine — Marianne Paul

Bend Back and Sigh — Pamela Sayers

A Walk on the Tame Side — Vivienne Blake

Leave-taking — Dave Bonta

she’s here — Angie Werren

Day’s End — Shloka Shankar

Burn Job — Lawrence Elliott

No One’s Home — Michele S. Cornelius

a thread of scarlet — N. S.

night jasmine — Laura Williams

motionless — Shloka Shankar

A Poem by Cardboard Suitcase — S.Eta Grubešić

Spiders — Carolyn Guinzio

Rise Above — Michele S. Cornelius

silver birch — Caroline Skanne

all your broken promises — Olivier Schopfer

Some Notes toward an Ode to Yarn — Sherry Chandler

Love Tortures Me Like the CIA — Howie Good

riding pillion — Debbie Strange

Winter’s Music — Margo Roby

Wintry Seascape — Massimo Soranzio

grackles — Angie Werren

Yellow — Sherry Chandler

Editor’s Note

It seemed a funny thing to have a “winter issue” when some of Gnarled Oak’s contributors and readers are in the midst of summer. Weird too, since here in Austin, winter isn’t so much a season as a collection of random days interspersed between December and February. So this is now Issue 2: The Velocity of Night, the title from Debbie Strange’s “riding pillion” with Michele S. Cornelius’s “No One’s Home” on the cover.

What is the velocity of night anyway? How fast the sky darkens is determined by season and latitude. But there’s more there. Fast or slow, it can come with joy or sorrow, anticipation or apprehension, and it seems all that can be found in this issue. Though unthemed, themes emerged: homes in transition, leaving and returning; love with its beginnings and endings; and, of course, the way winter shifts to spring (and back again as it’s doing here today).

I’m happy with the way this issue came together, the diversity of the work—poetry, prose, videos, artwork—and voices from all around the world made this especially fun. I can get lost staring at a map, and it’s exciting to me to be able to present work from so many writers and artists representing so many corners of this little blue world.

And so, sincerest thanks to all who allowed me the honor and privilege of publishing their work, all who submitted work to Gnarled Oak, and everyone who read and helped to share the wonderful writing and artwork found in this issue.

With gratitude and thanks,

James Brush, editor
February 2015


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4 thoughts on “Issue 2: The Velocity of Night—Summary, Contents & Editor’s Note

  1. Congratulations, James, and all the contributors. So pleased to be part of this wonderful publication. Waves to all from the summer side of the globe.

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