Dear Picasso,

She may be the seated woman
or time may have taken her
into a standing pose
perhaps
you drew her breasts perfectly
round because you wanted to enjoy
something concrete in this view of
the feminine–
often with softer
lines–

When she reached out to him–
she almost spoke–
but then, recoiled.
in a moment of absent trust her hand went to
her mouth and her brain split
into two–
Who was she to tether
a volley back at this man
she hardly knew?

Perhaps you drew her
breasts         like perfect circles because
the rest of her flowed right
through you and your only acceptable memory
was the symmetry of her body.

She felt the ache of her skull
as it splintered–
it wasn’t unfamiliar–   long walks
on the beaches once stopped this pain
but those walks ended
long ago, with
her feet scratched by conch shells and
jelly fish red staining her
thighs.

Perhaps you drew her breasts
like perfect circles because
when you found her crumpled on the beach
she wore
nothing but a grass skirt and
you painted textures behind her
like the day you found her
lying there, staring at the
sky with nothing to say.
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This “Seated Woman” painting by Picasso credit the www… is not the exact painting that inspired the above epistolary to Picasso, but it is very similar and invokes in me similar feelings…. the one that inspired me was in an art book owned by a friend.

Dear Alfred 

Dear Alfred,
I feel where I am
my heart could carry me
over the bridge
and censor what happened to it
in this dystopian future
that cannot exist.
How will the valves,
aortas or chambers even work?
Flattened out and aborted–
donated to a better cause?
Good bye, Alfred Nobel.
We loved you
Did I ever tell you
how you changed the world?
Do you feel that deep reach?

I sit beneath tree limbs
stare at the sky and pretend
that I know things about science. When the rain returns
I run through it disrobed
and stand forever
as it washes my ears clean
of the secrets
that never loved enough
cried enough or laughed hard enough
That I let show me sadness
pouring the tears of old dreams
out into the sea.
Salt swallowing salt.
Breath swallowing breath
Water swallowing water
Dear Alfred,
Did you know the world hasn’t changed
since you ran over it,
became a part of it,
since your soul leaked into the mines
leaked into veins of gold,
since your soul saw the sun,
since everyone vied to win
the coveted prize in your name?
When we write together,
your breath is in the room.
She brings in pictures from the past
and we root ourselves in definitions.

Dear Alfred,
Do you know the names
of all that live and die beneath yours?
My heart becomes a balloon
and explodes in the stars,
the magic in one
Wednesday night
weighs more than whales
floating cities,
your gold–
and the moon.

1001 Journal: submissions open

Hello, friends!  In September of 2015, I began the Certificate Program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland, Oregon. This place is amazing and I love our instructors and all the energy of this awesome creative environment. I am really excited for all that is ahead of us as we start the second semester this week. We will focus on book design, letter press, cover design — all the elements that go into making and publishing a book — plus the best part, work shopping and learning from an engaged group of writers. One of the projects, in addition to the production of an anthology, is the literary journal, 1001. It is currently open for submissions. Volunteers from the certificate program edit and create the journal. Please read on and please share widely with your friends!

Call for submissions:

The Independent Publishing Resource Center’s annual literary journal, 1001, is open for submissions from January 1st thru March 15th.

1001 accepts submissions of poetry, prose, and comics as stated in the guidelines below. The IPRC has included a new certificate track this year that focuses on Image and Text, and we look forward to seeing your work that engages with both word and images. We are also interested in hybrid text, which for our purposes is defined as a piece that breaks with the conventions of poetry, prose, or comics. If your submission is of this nature, please send it via the option that best fits and tell us about your piece/s in the cover letter.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Inform editors immediately (via email) if your submission has been accepted elsewhere.

No previously published work (this includes personal blogs) will be considered.

If you have a question, please inquire here: 1001editors@iprc.org.

We look forward to reading your submissions!

POETRY SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES

Please submit 3-5 to poems in one attached .doc or .pdf file to 1001editors@iprc.org

Include your name and “POETRY SUBMISSION” in the subject line. You may use the body of the email to include a cover letter if you wish.

PROSE SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES

Word length should be between 15 and 4000 words.

Do not submit genre fiction, excerpts from longer works, book reviews, or interviews.

Please send only one submission, unless your work is under 400 words, in which case feel free to send up to 3 pieces in a single file attachment in .doc format. All submissions should be double-spaced and should include a brief cover letter.

Send all submissions to 1001editors@iprc.org

Include your name and “PROSE SUBMISSION” in the subject line.

COMICS SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES

Please send 1-6 pages formatted to fit 8.5 x 5.5″ (color or black and white) in .png or .pdf format to 1001editors@iprc.org

Include your name and “COMICS SUBMISSION” in the subject line. You may use the body of the email to include a cover letter if you wish.

IMAGE AND TEXT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Please send 1-6 pages formatted to fit 8.5 x 5.5″ (color or black and white) in .png or .pdf format to 1001editors@iprc.org

Include your name and “IMAGE AND TEXT” in the subject line. You may use the body of the email to include a cover letter if you wish.

Happy New Year!

 

Last year’s journal:

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