Saturday, February 1, 2020

February rez Posted

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It is with deep sadness that we dedicate this issue to the memory of Enola em Vaher, who devoted her life to the arts, both as an extraordinary poetess in her own right and as a patron supporter, breathing life into the Chelsea Hotel and all of its art exhibits and poetry readings. She will be missed. So it is fitting that we start with one of enola’s poems, Hope Bleeds, which we now read in a different light. Cybele Moon contributes Tales of the Caravanserai, a wonderful parable which she illustrated herself. Game Cat VR gives us a tutorial about a new way of reading in the digital age in Capture This. Our cub reporter, Barbie Starr, was looking for a subject related to the heart (February is American Heart Month), and settled on the Mayo Clinic and all it does to promote good health inworld and elsewhere. Her piece The Mayo Clinic Has Your Heart (Back) is informative and continues her work of supporting nonprofits in Second Life. Art Blue immerses himself in twin tales, EX dot G and The Afterlife, where he takes us into the world of printed hearts and Pong. Cat Boccaccio is well known for her micro-fiction and she contributes another fine example in Conquer. Eta Goldsmith joins our pages with an ode to a city dear to her heart in My Florence. Trinana Peach gives us another of her lovely poems, Home from the Sea, about an expectant bride, praying for the return of her sailor. RoseDrop Rust is never at a loss for words, and his Decadent Dream proves just that as he delves into exotic Berlin. And finally, Drover Mahogany closes our issue with a heartfelt poem of love lost.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

January rez Posted

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Kick off the new year properly with a resolution to read more good writing. The January issue of rez Magazine has just the lineup to help you keep this resolution, and it’s cheaper than a gym membership. Ervare takes a deep dive into Sansar and almost doesn’t return, maybe because he wasn’t wearing his swim goggles. Find out how Bryn Oh tried to steer him to safety.  Jami Mills contributes a short story, Confessions of Dr. K, about a stranger who, for the thrill of it, cons his way into the most prestigious hospital in Boston, only to find himself in the OR. In her piece called S.O.S.!, our intrepid cub reporter, Barbie Starr, tells us about Survivors of Suicide, a group here in SL that supports those who are suffering and thought about or have been affected by suicide. A difficult but nonetheless important topic in these troubled times. Dearstluv Writer returns to our pages with a lovely poem, Morality, challenging our notion of the right thing to do. Our writer Cat Boccaccio, who says more with less, tells a tale of desperation that ends suddenly, in her micro-fiction powerhouse, The Perfect Way. We can’t get enough of rakshowes’s superlative poetry, and her current offering, The Season, the Season, looks a little deeper into the true meaning of Christmas. In One Breath to Next, Drover Mahogany takes us into deeper and deeper levels of emotion with profound effect. Poetess Jullianna Juliesse contributes Insomniac this month, which will keep you up all night if you’re not careful. Newcomer Brian Berlin brings us The Door, which is an unsettling piece about the tricks our brains play on us. In Smart Australia, Neruval, the owl AI, describes the great fire that destroyed Sydney and bemoans the loss of the Great Barrier Reef to the ravages of climate change, something that will surely affect the migratory patterns of owls for years to come. And finally, in A Short Life, Art Blue asks whether it is better to live a short exciting life or a long dull one. He answers that question as you might expect.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

November/December rez Posted

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In keeping with tradition for the past few years, we’ve combined the November and December issues of rez into a gala holiday issue. With so many days off from our work schedules, we hope you have some time to peruse our pages, where you’ll find some wonderfully compelling fiction, poetry and other articles of interest. We start off our holiday issue with The Jami Chronicles: East Africa by Jami Mills, who takes us along on her Land Cruiser through the wilds of Kenya and Tanzania. Not only does Jami describe her adventures in words, she also includes some lovely photographs of nature’s most beautiful animals to bring everything to life. Cat Boccaccio, whose micro-fiction is so powerful, contributes Roman Summer, a glimpse into adolescent love in Rome, Italy. Q Symphony looks ahead to the Afterlife Developer’s Conference – way ahead. It’s not until 2037. Rakshowes sizzles with an erotic poem about the sensual art of shibari. Cybele Moon joins our pages in stunning fashion with her piece A Canticle for Meg, a brilliant family story that turns tragic. Our favorite, Zymony Guyot, pens The Nth and tries to make some sense of our irrational world. In her second installment of her masterful star poems, Merope Madrigal brings us Even Planets Are Stars You Know, and in so doing, she shines as bright as any star in the galaxy. In The Wrong Biennale, Art Blue discusses the digital art show that runs through March 2020, which streams art to tablets and iPhones. And finally, RoseDrop Rust anchors our holiday issue with his poem, Love Loves Us, where he contrasts love and desire in a beautiful poem that questions the durability of romance. What better time to catch up on your reading than the upcoming holidays, which all of us at rez Magazine wish bring you and your families good tidings.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October rez Posted

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As the days get shorter and our favorite season is upon us, have no regrets about the summer reading you never got around to. We have an answer for that with this month’s issue of rez.  Starting things off is Substance D’s Tua Culpa (Your Fault), who addresses fundamental issues of truth and falsity in today’s universe and comes to some surprising conclusions.  Rakshowes is back this month with a light, fun poem, The Shoot, and she deftly brings us into the photographer’s studio while her model cavorts before the snapping of the randy photographer’s camera. Our beat writer, Barbie Starr, covers one of Second Life’s most important charity events in Rock Your Rack, and gives us an informative look at the history of the quest to find a cure for breast cancer. Dearstluv Writer contributes an astounding poem, Defeated, which overflows with anguish – a difficult but important poem from one of SL’s most beautiful voices. Cat Boccaccio is back again with another piece of micro-fiction, A Good Daddy, a hard-hitting piece about the sins of a father being visited upon the son. Faithless is RoseDrop Rust’s contribution this month and it is a stunning rebuke of those who fail to deliver on promises of artistic freedom and support. Art Blue, who follows American culture more closely than most Americans, explores some futuristic television themes in Reclaiming Art. Merope Madrigal looks to the stars in the first of her “Star Poems” with What’s In A Nebula?,” an other-worldly look at our relative insignificance. We’re also pleased to have Drover Mahogany back (you may remember his stunning Footfalls Echo series) with an insightful look into the ultimate act of creativity. And finally, Consuela Hypatia Caldwell brings our issue to a happy close with an ode to those heady days of the 60s at Yasgur’s farm with Woodstock. Enjoy your new autumn reading list!

Monday, September 2, 2019

September rez Posted

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As summer chugs along, we’re all making our way through our summer reading list. And here’s the September issue of rez just in the nick of time.  We start this month’s issue off with a bang: Singh Albatros returns to us with a remarkable parable about a boy and a bird. The Boy That Would Be Bird is beautifully written and deeply moving. In The New Linden Home Saga, our intrepid cub reporter, Barbie Starr, investigates the intrigue of obtaining a free Linden home with the new Premium membership and takes us step by step through the arduous process. No issue of rez would be complete without an offering by RoseDrop Rust. This month, Rusty visits the anguish of another mass shooting in America with a powerful poem El Paso – A Sacrifice of Hippies. It’s difficult to read, but read it we must. rakshowes adds a brilliant poem Fire that is full of passion, heat and energy. You’ll be seeing more of rakshowes in future issues. With The Uplink: Under Control, Seclifer brings us an essay on Making Lies Great Again, Code, ancient Greece, and much, much more. In another powerful and personal poem, Sunday Morning, Jullianna Juliesse comes to terms with a failed relationship with such grace and resolve. On a lighter note, Trinana Peach brings us Peppermints and Butterflies, a happy poem about frolicking youth and how it passes all too soon.  TimAqua, who writes so beautifully about so many subjects turns his attention to the subject of love in Love Will Find Her Way.  Simply breathtaking. And last and perhaps fittingly, Art Blue asks Why Not Nuke Them All? With Hurricane Dorian bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard, it’s a timely question.  Please enjoy reading this issue as much as we’ve enjoyed publishing it.  Until next month, have fun reading!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

August rez Posted

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Into the heart of the summer we go with plenty of summer reading to sustain us. Leading off this month’s issue is Barbie Starr’s preview of the eighth annual celebration of H.P. Lovecraft at Lovefest later in August. Barbie gives us some of the history of the event and the sims that hold it. We challenged RoseDrop Rust to take a crack at short story writing and man did he deliver with Elvis, Snow White, and the Princess Bunny, a hilarious mashup of some of our favorite stories. TimAqua is new to our magazine and writes a powerful ode to those who stood up to injustice at Standing Rock. We look forward to hearing his strong voice in future issues. Jullianna Juliesse contributes a heartfelt poem about her dying father and a missed opportunity in Daddy’s Almost Haircut. Zymony Guyot is back this month with a tale of wreckage and healing called In Our Doom. SL celebrates its 16th birthday this year at SL16b and cub reporter Barbie Starr was there to cover it, with a 50s theme this time around. Cat Boccaccio’s micro-fiction keeps getting better and better and this month’s piece Fight or Flight is the best evidence. Mom Said is a visceral poem about the ravages of aging by one of our finest poets, Dearstluv Writer. Lastly, Shyla the Super Gecko cries tears over how we’ve abused and mistreated our collective home, Planet Earth. Enjoy the summer reading!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

July rez Posted

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Now that we’re past the summer solstice, it’s time for some great summer reading and that’s just what we have in store for you this month. We start off with Celebrating Diversity Virtual Reality Style, written by our intrepid reporter, Barbie Starr, who covers Second Pride, the annual celebration of diversity. Barbie delves into the history of the movement and in the process, educates us and entertains us in equal measure. Consuela Hypatia Caldwell returns to our pages with a powerful poem, Vultures From Above, that reminds us of the forces set against the very diversity that Second Pride celebrates. Jami Mills returns to her musical roots and reviews a new, up and coming singer/songwriter, Hunson Abadeer, and is fortunate enough to have him sit for a fascinating interview as well. Jullianna Juliesse pens a poem, Daddy’s Almost Haircut, about what she might have done differently had she only known that her time was limited. With The Sky is Burning, enola em Vaher gives us a haunting tale of the apocalypse, bringing home the banality of our own demise. In The Enchanted Villa, Cat Boccaccio stretches out a little more than usual with a story of a wedding party stranded in a nightmare. One of our most cherished writers, Dearstluv Writer, shares a stunning poem, Tethered to the Vine, about the slow strangulation of intolerance. And finally, RoseDrop Rust contributes a hilarious poem, Snortle, which describes in great detail the unique qualities of a snortle. Enjoy!