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Monday Jan 26, 2015


Featured Artist and Cover Artist Fall/Winter 2014: Niall Parkinson

Niall Parkinson is an Irish artist specializing in the origination of dark, surreal, conceptual and spiritual hand drawn illustration from which he explores the darker regions of the human heart and experience. His background is in commercial graphic design and he had spent over 20 years working in this capacity within the printing industry. Niall has also had success in the music industry designing cd covers and booklets primarily for European metal bands. Read More 


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for D.D.
by Allison Meraz


Image © http://www.123rf.com


When you are dead and parted out
perhaps we’ll meet
in the black forgiving earth.
All is forgiven
for family, their missing teeth
and eyes. Are you surprised?
Loves stay the same in afterlife
like maggots in amber.
They await the second coming
of fresh death and clamor
what was it like for you?
Did the cat act strange,
was your left arm numb?
But all is forgiven now.
They chant
welcome home, soul.
You, who hocked that ring
for Vegas, forgiven.
Wishing me dead
for the money, the criticism,
forgiven. As a child,
the new-formed frogs
you stomped to jelly
by the dozens—they know.
But the heart you gave up
is sufficient partial payment.
For now, forgiven.


©Allison Meraz

Allison holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. A Pushcart Prize nominee and former poetry editor for the Sonora Review, her work has appeared in various publications, including Quarterly West and Faultline. She lives inSacramento, California.




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