Issue 8 [Winter 2019]

Truth giving art is matter transformed.  Like the chef who, with flames and spices, can alter the fruits of the earth and  change raw materials into warm, nourishing food, so too the artist offers a transformation of matter. Each one invites us to a shared moment; each welcomes us to participate in the feast of experience and imagination.

In this issue, we hope you find that good art, like a good meal, is something that draws you in and allows you to linger. As Nate Lee writes, “Food could, even if only temporarily, gather the pieces and hand them back to us in a bowl.” Or Ellen Spero’s reminder that family gathers us through time, and that “despite everything, there will be cake.”  And maybe like a good bottle of wine, you will find in these pages, that “your life, friends, is pouring” like a river or a cup overflowing. In these pages, a poet calls us to the long debate “concerning peach and plum and uses of the Sabbath.”

Take, read, rest, and eat.

-Alexandra Barylski, Editor


helsea Dingman

Autopsy (Self Study)

Ryan Harper

Binding The Waters

Brad Holden

Origen’s Vision

Samuel Loncar

Poetry as the Last Refuge of Metaphysical Scoundrels:
A Conversation with Stevens and the Comedian C

Christie Towers

There Are  So Many Places We Are Not Allowed To Be



Liesl Basile, non-fiction

Myth and Modernity:
Is There A Place For Sleeping Beauty?


Nate Lee, non-fiction 

Trauma, Food, and the Eucharist as Ancestor Worship


Carolyn Oliver, fiction

Mother of Sorrows

Ellen Spero, non-fiction

In Spite of Everything, There Will Be Cake