New poems by Sam Silva

Skagit Farm by Denise Enck

NATUREDarkness or a flickering computer light within are usually a good shield from mental marauders when the fruit is peeled to the fruit's cold core.And the world is molten ash with a warm thin crust hurtling through a huge cold vacuum and a little stellar dustwhich the artists choose to kiss. And a song makes sense to the serious aesthete in terms of … [Read more...]

Irishry

Photo credit: www.flickr.com/photos/zeroy/5673872877/ Roy Ubu http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/ CC-NC-ND

When I moved to San Pedro one of the welcome signs was learning that an established family of iron workers with my name lived here. The rumor was that one of its younger members hung at Walker's Café out on Point Fermin and had my exact name. My mother, a devoted gene-tracer, never mentioned a strain of our family that thrived in these parts. So I was very curious. And … [Read more...]

Workings: Paintings by Jill Emery

donkeys find an opening (detail) - Jill Emery

Artist's statement: original art that has a story whether told or interpretedmy process in painting has been to think about words in a poetic/symbolic/spiritual sense its a two part process, it's free flowing and completely cathartic. as i get older i realize i have grown tremendously strong feelings for animal rights and kindness in general. … [Read more...]

The Necessity of Tragedy—How What Goethe Played with is Still Entirely Relevant

Faust (detail) - public domain

One may say that the benefit of tragedy is that one gets to witness man self-destruct without having to self-destruct on one’s own. Lessons learned without having to go through the actual act of the crime. Tragedies were incredibly prevalent during the time of the Greeks, and some tragic stories, like that of Faust have pervaded through centuries. Goethe’s Faust, in particular, … [Read more...]

Two poems by Nick D’Annunzio Jones

halleys-comet 2

Good Morning, GodAt breakfast, I launch a small pink quasar into a black hole. Minutes later, receptors blocked, serotonin-flooded, my cosmos collapses; heaven-humming, orbiting hypomania, bang – a star is born!I also hear a comet talking: Side-effects include universal love, space dreams, moonwalking; if the urge to produce a paean about astro-pharmacology … [Read more...]

A Structure for Color

Past the Window (detail) - Ricker Winsor

Artist's statement: I think I have finally found the approach to painting that will sustain me for a long time into the future. As I paint I think of small phrases people spoke to me or wrote to me over the years, little thoughts that meant everything without my knowing it, without them knowing it. They flash through my mind because I understand them now. I understand their … [Read more...]

Yannis Livadas: A double interview

Yannis Livadas

These interviews were conducted for Quorum Magazine, which is based in Croatia. This is their first appearance in English.Interview No. 1Tomica Bajsic interviewed the poet Yannis Livadas for Quorum Magazine, n. 3/4, 2012.Q: During years you have traveled extensively, reading a lot, doing all sorts of jobs. Do you consider traveling and close-range experience a … [Read more...]

Inaudible

image credit: ba1969 http://www.freeimages.com/photo/1445106

Can’t anyone just give us a straight answer? He rambles, doctor. It’s dementia, isn’t it? I see no signs… Here we go. I see no signs of… Here we go… ‘no one can say for sure.’ I see no apparent signs of… It gets on our nerves, doctor. …no apparent signs of… He just rambles, doctor. Meaningless. On and on.Too much light in my eyes. Snatch the Ray-Bans off the … [Read more...]

Architecture, Money, Graffiti and Birds

Twick ICP San Francisco Graffiti Art / Photo credit: anarchosyn https://www.flickr.com/photos/24293932@N00/3360220967/

Where you would not have your own [child] live, and develop, and gather to itself knowledge of life and the things of life, is not a fit place for the [children] of other men to live, and develop, and gather to themselves knowledge of life and the things of life. It is a simple thing, this Golden Rule, and all that is required. Political economy and the survival of the fittest … [Read more...]