l u c e m
june is a summer bloom.
summer finally brings the summer storms and warm-air blooms.
at times, the air is muggy, thick with restlessness. the heat brings summer blooms, but the tension rises too.
do not forget yourself in the storms; do not dwell on what cannot but changed, or you will take
time away from what can. the Earth continues to turn, the artists gather before the storm and
build new life from the ruins of the old. rejoice and grow.
h a p p e n i n g s
the poet is still accepting submissions for an experimental zine of works from quarantine. to contribute,
please email high-res photo submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a brief bio and description of the piece.
pen names are welcome, as are submissions from all skill levels. seeking specifically art photography and collage art
as well as art that incorporates poetry. participants will receive free PDF downloads of the final
product as well as a reduced price on print copies through Lulu.
EARTH IS FULL; GO BACK HOME is out! available at bit.ly/earthisfullbook or through Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
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f r o m t h e p o e t ' s d e s k
"i know it is a dream because you disappear. i know i have woken up
because you are in our kitchen now, making coffee, humming, my love, my love."
- m. r.
l i t e r a t u r e
know my name by chanel miller
a memoir by the woman originally known simply as "Emily Doe" in the infamous Brock Turner case.
a striking, emotionally charged autobiography in which Miller claims herself and her name
in order to bring awareness to sexual assault cases across America and to tell her story,
rather than letting the media tell it for her.
she is a beast by Christina Rosso-Schneider
a beautiful collection of feminist fairytales, some re-imagined classics and some entirely
new and original, by Philadelphia local writer and owner of the indie bookstore, A Novel Idea.
"in their wildness, they find freedom"
lines for winter by mark strand
recommended to me by a very dear friend; a soul-catching poem that encompasses
love and loneliness in beautiful tradition.
"you love what you are"
answered by small voices by maggie stiefvater
a short speculative fiction piece by one of my favourite fiction/fantasy authors.
i can only find the original text on Facebook, but the story is well worth the difficult formatting.
have you ever heard of demon doors? now you have.
the dollar general is not real by monica robinson
slipping one of my own on this list. another short speculative horror/fiction/fantasy
piece inspired by the midwestern gothic and americana gothic genres.
fuck the bread. the bread is over. by sabrina orah mark
another nonfiction piece for the Paris Review contemplating the connection
between motherhood and fairytales in the time of COVID-19
m u s i c
my girlfriend is a witch by the october country
dance while the sky crashes down by jason webley
harvey by the electric swing circus
rose tattoo by dropkick murphys
shoot him down by alice francis
a c t i v i s m
resources for the current climate:
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
12 Things to Do Instead of Calling the Cops
p h o t o g r a p h e r s & a r t i s t s
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and the author of "she is a beast". a feminist author, small business owner,
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- m. r.