Riddle Locked – Erynn Pontius

Riddle Locked

I was forged.
Two look just like me;
In pockets I plinked,
but you lost me.
You said I open hearts,
but my body churns.
And I always let you in.

Erynn Pontius graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts in Writing and Rhetoric Studies and a minor in Creative Writing. She currently works for Weber State University. Her poems and short stories have appeared in The Hungry Chimera and The Canticle Literary Journal.  

 

Crave – Kathie Giorgio

Crave

getting older
old
you find yourself
craving fruit
(clementines, peaches, pears, pears, pears!)
vegetables
(zucchini, green beans, cucumbers)
instead of the meat
of your youth
(ribs, porterhouse, ¼ pound burger, rare)
eating safe now
instead of then
but craving then
again

Kathie Giorgio is the critically acclaimed author of three novels, two story collections and a poetry chapbook. Her fourth novel, In Grace’s Time, was released on 9/7/17. Giorgio’s stories and poems have appeared in countless literary magazines and anthologies. She’s been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, among other awards.

Polar Bodies – Sydney Sheltz-Kempf

Polar Bodies

As I’ve matured into a clone of you
I’ve always wondered
how I didn’t end up as a polar body
since we’ve always been
polar opposites.

Sydney Sheltz-Kempf is a current PhD candidate at Western Michigan University in Biological Sciences.  Her previous work can be found in Intima: Journal of Narrative Medicine and The Scene and Heard.  Her first chapbook titled Adding Up Forever: A Memoir will be published by The Poet’s Haven in Fall 2018.

Whale Songs at 52 Hertz – Lauren Scharhag

Whale Songs at 52 Hertz

 

Once, a scientist heard the voice of a whale so singular

that he became obsessed, a benevolent Ahab.

He named the whale 52 for the unusual frequency of its song,

a frequency unable to be heard by fin, humpback, or blue.

The scientist recorded its calls through the trackless Pacific,

a voice rising from unknowable fathoms,

capable of carrying for thousands of miles through

brine and wave and coral grove.

For twelve years, the scientist searched and chased and dreamed

of this mysterious creature. Unable even to determine its sex,

he could only surmise it was doomed to solitude,

for so strange was its call, it might as well be mute,

or all the other whales of the sea be deaf,

incapable of being heard or understood.

Other scientists agree to disagree about its very existence,

its uniqueness, and whether or not it truly feels lonely.

Twelve years of listening, twelve years of searching,

twelve years of never even glimpsing tail, blowhole exhalations,

or ridge of spine. And no matter how many may sail together,

no one knows loneliness like men at sea,

bereft of our ancestral dust.

No one knows loneliness like one who seeks,

combing the world’s largest ocean for a single beast.

The man dies and the song fades, undefined.

Lauren Scharhag is an award-winning writer of fiction and poetry. She lives on Florida’s Emerald Coast. To learn more about her work, visit www.laurenscharhag.blogspot.com.

Women Artists We Love: Savannah Loebig

We are switching it up this week. Instead of a writer, we have the very talented artist, Savannah Loebig.  We featured her art back in January 2017.  We got a chance to catch up with her and ask her a few questions about her process and what she’s working on now.  

What inspires you the most? 
 
There are a lot of things that inspire me. I can be inspired by how nice the day is or how well my plants are growing, but I can also be inspired by things I hear in the news and stories of other women. When I hear about other peoples struggles I’m reminded of my own and I’m able to use that in order to think about myself from a different perspective. 
 
savWho are your favorite women artists?
 
Oh my god there are so many. I love Sally Hewett, Stephanie Law, Caledonia Curry (Swoon), Soey Milk, Bunnie Reiss, Jaw Cooper, Lauren Brevner, Kelsey Beckett, Paloma Smith, the list could go on forever. 
 
What does your process look like? 
 
I’m constantly looking at art and getting inspiration on a daily basis. I have a folder with thousands of pictures of things that I find interesting. I wish I could say that I create every day but I don’t. I have a million different interests and things I want to do but I just have to take it one day at a time.
 
What advice do you have for fellow women artists? 
 
My advice would be to work as much as you can and to be involved in the local art scene. Also be aware what other artists are doing so that you can be as informed as possible when making your own work. Have a thick skin and apply to all the shows around you that fit with your work and go to gallery openings to meet people.
 
What are you currently working on?
 
I’m currently working on developing a body of work having to do with the female body and constraints surrounding it.
 

For more info about Savannah visit savannahloebig.com or check her out on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook