Saturday, February 6, 2021

February rez Posted

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As we slog our way through a bitter cold winter, there’s great writing in this month’s issue to warm even the coldest among us. Have a seat in your most comfortable armchair, throw another log on the fire, have a sip of mulled wine, and enjoy this month’s issue of rez, featuring the best writers on the grid.  This month, Lynn Mimistrobell enthralls us with her take on Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, a stunningly beautiful work made all the more accessible thanks to Lynn’s accompanying explanations.  Art Blue is back with even more questions than answers about the state of AI in his fascinating piece, Shredded Freebie. Covering the political beat as only he can do, Zymony Guyot pens a haunting and deeply disturbing poem, Double Down, that looks into America’s dark mirror.  Cat Boccaccio, who always says more with less, stretches out a little bit to our great delight in Barnaby, a short story replete with a damsel in distress and her oblivious horse. Our friend and new contributor, Myra Wildmist, explores the nature of virtual art in Why is “Virtual” a Dirty Word, and questions why virtual are has been so undervalued in the past. Shyla the Super Gecko contributes a difficult yet important poem, Pain, and brings us closer to understanding the inner joy of self-reflection. In Screw You, Nazaryn Mindes returns with another brilliant poem, rightfully arguing that it’s sometimes better to see with our hearts than with our eyes. And what better way to end the February issue (Valentine’s Day is almost upon us) than with A Love Story by Consuela Hypatia Caldwell, one of our most eloquent voices.  Time to throw another log on the fire that’ll keep us warm until the March issue of rez. Enjoy!

Monday, January 4, 2021

January rez Posted

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As we enter the new year, we look back and ask, “What was THAT?” Politics, combined with Covid and an economic meltdown, has left us depleted and sad. It’s during times like these that we look to our artists to shine a light, inspire, and speak to our better angels. So we start fresh in 2021, with no illusions that it’s going to be a walk in the park (it isn’t), but we see light. And thanks to so many talented writers and poets, we can see better times ahead. At least that’s what we all hope.  Larkbird Parx brings us another installment of her fantastic series about singer/songwriters, this month featuring Aaron Cabott Jones.  A Hundred Hands is another striking poem by rakshowes.  Dearstluv Writer conjures up the image of an evil vine in Tethered to the Vine. Cat Boccaccio takes a peek into a casual day on the golf course in Play On.  That little rapscallion Neruval, the wise AI owl, analyzes the US presidential election with a surprising take. Jullianna Juliesse contributes She Waits Behind the Drapes, a poignant poem filled with heartfelt recollections.  CR Torok rejoins our pages this month with Souvenir, a poem of extraordinary force.  Consuela Hypatia Caldwell takes on the fraught landscape of gender and prejudice in Token Economy.   Zati Kodaly contributes a beautiful poem, Plague Delusion Chronicle, challenging our views of death.  Last of all, RoseDrop Rust reminds us why we love his prodigious talent so much, in My Name is Rusty.  We’re looking forward with hope for a new year, but one thing is certain: we have much to be thankful for right now.  Each other.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

November/December rez Posted

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On the doorstep of the historic US elections, we fidget and pace, worried about what might soon be in store for Americans and the rest of the world. What better way to pass the time than to pick up this month’s issue of rez, which features some timely contributions.  Starting things off is One Small Step For (A) Man, setting forth Neil Armstrong’s prediction of the US Presidential Election.  Well, it’s not actually Neil Armstrong, but our favorite AI owl, Neruval, and his two candidates won’t be familiar to you either. We’ll just let Neruval sort it all out for you in his own hilarious style.  As always, we have some wonderful poetry and Shyla the Super Gecko’s One Tin Soldier shines brightly among them, urging helpful action over hate.  Will Blake always has some tricks up his sleeve and Recipe for Super Powers is no exception.  It’s a surprisingly dark and wonderful poem.  The Beginning is Dubhna Rhiadra’s charming fable about a world of cats.  Who better to bring that curious world to our eyes?  Cat Boccaccio contributes Scoops, which is a fascinating childhood memory of a teacher’s assignment and, yes - - it’s short short short.  Jullianna Juliesse brings us Genesis, an inspirational and uplifting poem celebrating girl power.  The Entrance is a magical short piece of fiction about a moment frozen in time at a local Starbucks.  Elysienne rounds out this month’s issue with a heartfelt poem of love and loss.  All in all, a wonderful collection of some of the best writers on the grid.  Enjoy, stay hydrated, sleep well, and above all, VOTE!

Sunday, October 4, 2020

October rez Posted

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As we say goodbye to summer and all the relaxing days of reading, drifting off into other worlds of fantasy and fiction, images of beauty and sadness, the air cools but the sun still feels warm. In short, it’s Autumn, and damned if we’re not going to get some good reading in with this issue of rez.  Once again, we’re blessed with some of the most creative, energetic and….well….astounding voices you can find anywhere.  CybeleMoon starts us off with another of her magical tales, The Stolen Child, a sumptuous feast for the eyes and the soul.  Art Blue is back with TT. I See Art. I See Time, cautionary tale of futuristic musings about AI, art, time and a whole lot more. He shines a light to lead us into an uncertain, scary future. Rakshowes creates with lush images, in a very painterly The Wedding, where images of flowing bridal mermaid dresses blend with ancient rituals. In her ongoing and highly acclaimed Singer/Songwriter Series, Larkbird Parx interviews DennyMac and so eloquently shares with us his thoughts about music that we’re yearning to hear him sing. What can we say about the incomparable Cat Boccaccio, who this month shares another story about Leep, full of her characteristic lush imagery. RoseDrop Rust (or Rusty as we like to call him) toils in his garden of words and images and contributes The Reluctant Gardener this month and lucky we are to have such an illustrious writer share his poetry with us.  The Shadow People is Consuela Hypatia Caldwell’s latest poem and is full of strong, emotional imagery. One of her best poems to date, she is surely at the top of her game. Annie Mesmeriser knows a thing or two about Texas blues because she’s seen a thing or two. Annie’s Blues is chock full of anecdotes about musicians, singers, and in this piece, recording studios. Doesn’t it just make you want to signal the engineer to start rolling some tape? That’s it for this month. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 5, 2020

September rez Posted

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As many count down the days until the American presidential election, at rez we’re counting down the days until the end of summer (21 days as of this writing). Why? If summer is over, so is summer reading season. Thankfully, there’s a fall reading season also. There’s enough wonderful writing in this month’s issue to keep you enthralled through both seasons. Dubhna Rhiadra starts things off with A Global Creation Myth, another of her splendid parables, this time telling the story of no less than the beginning of the world. It’s charming, spiritual, insightful and, as all her work, “wondrous.” Two of our favorite poets, Persephone Phoenix and Consuela Hypatia Caldwell, like jazz musicians trading fours, alternate their stanzas beautifully in Capitalist Speed Dial, and the result is impressive. Zymony Guyot is revered in our pages for his poetry’s musical feel, riffing in and out (always in perfect tune) of the most important issues of our day. A Reading From the Book of Karen is passionate and blunt. It’s also written with such style and voice, you just want to let it soak in and contemplate his “good trouble.” Also expressing the angst of our times, RoseDrop Rust’s The Verge is a very personal and evocative poem, putting words to our collective anxieties about, well, just about everything it seems. When we read Art Blue, we’re always challenged to go “off-page.” He sends us into another space/time digital dilemma with ARIADNE. Shine on You. It’s an extraordinary tale by Art (aren’t they all?) and you’ll enjoy it. Cat Boccaccio is brief and to a very wonderful point, and Oh, Bucket is another example of how Cat owns the micro-fiction world. Will Blake draws such unique and colorful connections in his poetry, and Fierce Blessings is no exception. He leaves us wanting more. Sister Echo is Zati Kodaly’s poetic response to our place in the universe. Finally, CR Torok captures the infatuations we all fall prey to (sooner or later), with Footsteps in Passing, a nice way to finish up another issue of rez. Enjoy the reading and the pretty pictures.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

August rez Posted

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Here we are, stuck at home, right in the middle of the summer reading season. Let’s make the most of our quarantine by picking up the August issue of rez. We have so much to deal with, so it’s nice to have the best writers we know of interpreting all of it - - letting us know how it feels.  Rakshowes sets the tone for the entire issue with Torrent Cries, which is a gusher of emotions, a remarkable work. Family looms large, we yearn to be close to those closest to us. Shyla the Super Gecko captures that in Sometimes, Just Sometimes. If there’s a silver lining to missing our friends and family, we get to probe deeper into the futuristic mindset of Art Blue, who may for all we know have taken control of rez (we’re looking into it). George: Air on You is his answer to questions we’re still pondering. Wittgenstein was right (ask Art).  RoseDrop Rust, who has delighted us over the years with his powerful poetry, takes a turn at essay writing with In Our Lives, a sober examination of race relations. Hopefully, we’ll be reading more of Rusty’s essays in the near future.  Consuela Hypatia Caldwell and Persephone Phoenix are back to back in this issue, with Piano Bar Blues and Monsters, respectively.  Both great talents, it’s wonderful to be able to publish them side by side. Cat Boccaccio is up to her usual micro-fiction tricks, this time with The Accident, which tells how a single incident can change lives completely. Dearstluv Writer asks the very important question “What’s normal anymore?” in Back to Typical, a penetrating poem trying to make sense of the pandemic. Merope Madrigal shares a deeply personal poem on the same topic: loss in the age of Covid. Amy Inawe closes out this month’s offering with As the World Boils and Bends, a haunting poem about a world gone mad. Enjoy the issue and stay safe and sound.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July rez Posted

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Two of the most beautiful words in the English language:  Summer Reading!  And we have just the thing for you with this month’s issue of rez.  The black cover this month is simply a reminder that racial injustice is not something that people protest for a few weeks and then move on to the next item in the news cycle (like gun control advocates after a mass shooting).  This time it needs to be different and change, real change, is needed. Art Blue steps to the plate this month with George. Joy on You, a look into the first marathon and a $10,000 orange. Old Stone is Zymony Guyot’s timely poem that speaks to old prejudices and how some cling to them despite changing times.  In her heartfelt poem, I’m Sorry, Merope Madrigal expresses her deep sorrow so exquisitely. In the latest installment of her Singer/Songwriter Series, Larkbird Parx showcases the immense talent of Aubryn Melody, chanteuse extraordinaire, in Aubryn. Creator of some of the best micro-fiction around, our mistress of brevity, Cat Boccaccio, brings us Ungrateful Bees, which describes a foiled attempt to destroy a beehive, but draws us into a much more complicated world. We are excited to introduce a new feature this month with Annie’s Blues Notes, wherein Annie Mesmeriser spins a fascinating stream of consciousness focusing primarily on the blues, often of the Texas variety. Annie shares with us some of her more interesting experiences with local blues artists who made it big. Lynn Mimistrobell conducts a classical music salon inworld and her notes on a recent program featuring Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony are so wonderful that she’s agreed to let us reprint them this month. Subtlefire’s heart is not quite ready to come out in the open again, as revealed in her poem Concrete Rose. Our talented poet, Jullianna Juliesse challenges our notions of white privilege in Cottonwood.  Neruval, the AI owl, must speak out about a turnout at a recent event in He Will Succeed. And Merope Madrigal closes out this month’s issue with another timely poem in her enchanting piece, Love in the Time of Covid-19, which depicts how love flourishes with the virus amongst us. There’s plenty to read and think about this month.