How do we see? There are many parts in the eye that come together to create vision. Light passes through the cornea. The cornea refracts this light. The retina converts it into electrical signals. These electrical signals travel from the retina to the brain through the optic nerve. Our eyes are collectors of visual information, this is how we see. But what we see is something else entirely.


Most of us are familiar with optical illusions, like the image of two straight lines that appear to be different, but are actually of equal length.  Or the face of the old man who is also a young woman. When we think of past events and compare notes with our friends, we realize that each of us has slightly different perspectives of what happened. This is because what we see is determined by our brains, not our eyes.


 “We don’t see things as they are,” as Anaïs Nin famously said, “we see things as we are.”


ISSUE 25 of Petite Hound Press presents us with multiple images that come together to create a cohesive experience. A girl in a window, “a field of purple irises,” “smiles [resembling] burn scars.”

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POET Kevin Heaton is originally from Kansas and Oklahoma, and now lives and writes in South Carolina. His work has appeared in a number of publications including: Guernica, Rattle, Slice Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Verse Daily. He is a Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. 


PHOTOGRAPHER Tazio Ruffilo is a photojournalist and filmmaker, born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey. He's in love with his hometown, the first planned industrial city in the United States, as well as his two dogs, Annie and Clarence.


Maggie Tookmanian is a FASHION DESIGNER from Paterson, NJ. Her collection Gerard can be found online at >> GERARDNY.COM << and on Instagram @worldofgerard.


Lyndsay Palianto is a MODEL, fashion stylist, and blogger from East Hanover, NJ. Her fashion line is featured at >> SETATAWEAR.COM <<




Editors' Note Reference:

National Eye Institute. (2011, June 28.) Information For Healthy Vision: how we see. 

Retrieved from https://nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes/howwesee


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