Art: "Nightwalks" by Julianne Farella

Poetry: "Again That Feeling" by Samuel Gilpin

behind the curtains

the windows seem black


yellow light

from the kitchen pressing in,

declining to name


I remember attrition

and sweetgrass

and the knock at the door

like a sweet melody


I remember

you’ve moved through gravity

and history

and the story of the ten

thousand tapestries

whiling away like light

lapping against

tissue and dispersing


remembering you’re still afraid

of edges and pine needles

and the soft skin

of a peach


please stay with me

I remember

I cannot bear

the black outside


Published May 16th 2024

Samuel Gilpin is a poet living in Portland, OR, who holds a Ph.D. in English Lit. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which explains why he works as a door to door salesman. A Prism Review Poetry Contest winner, he has served as the Poetry Editor of Witness Magazine and Book Review Editor of Interim. A Cleveland State University First Book Award finalist, his work has appeared in various journals and magazines, most recently in The Bombay Gin, Omniverse, and Colorado Review.

Julianne Farella is an artist and art educator in Larchmont, New York. Her artwork is rooted in exploring emerging symbolism from observational studies of nature and imagined visual imagery. Through her drawings and paintings, she assembles textures and symbols to evoke feelings of comfort, confinement, and distance. She is an avid sketchbook keeper of observational drawings, typically accumulated from walks. She uses her drawing practice as a way to reflect more deeply on daily observations.