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LETISIA CRUZ &
At Petite Hound Press we do not necessarily follow pop music trends. In fact, you might say we are generally pop-culture oblivious. But, Beyonce’s visual album Lemonade, which dropped last weekend and broke the internet, did catch our attention.
Lemonade, which includes stunning poetry by Warsan Shire, is full of vivid images that captivate us so completely that we are unable to turn away. Much has been said about Lemonade concerning heartbreak and infidelity, but the thing that mesmerizes us runs much deeper.
Lemonade conjures the Wild Woman archetype we first read about in Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés' essential collection, Women Who Run With The Wolves. It summons that indomitable force that dwells within each of us though we sometimes forget her name.
In the words of Dr. Pinkola Estes, "she comes to us through sound, as well; through music which vibrates the sternum, excites the heart; it comes through the drum, the whistle, the call and the cry. It comes through the written and the spoken word; sometimes a word, a sentence or a poem or a story, is so resonant, so right, it causes us to remember, at least for an instant, what substance we are really made from."
The images in Issue 31 of Petite Hound Press, featuring artwork by Adele Jackson and poetry by Jessie Vail Aufiery, speak to us of heartbreak and loss, but also of power and perseverance.
Woman covering face. Eyes closed. Turning away.
Body. Cement and mortar. Coal. Fossilized bones.
Even as we shelter our face, we are drawing eyes over our hands. Even as we are left with a “box of bones,” we are collecting the pieces to begin anew.
POET Jessie Vail Aufiery is World Literature Editor for The Literary Review, and lives with her husband and twin daughters in Miami. You can read some of her recent work in issue #2 of jai-alai magazine, and in the anthology Paris, Etc.: Writing and Illustrations.
ARTIST Adele Jackson is an illustrator and an artist from New Zealand's pocket-sized capital city, Wellington. As illustrator, her work focuses on children and her illustrations feature in many learning materials and school journals in New Zealand schools. As artist, her large-scale drawings display the power of line and the energy a mark can carry whilst describing the non-verbal language of hands, gestures and sign language. Poetry has strongly inspired Adele's drawings, particularly the postmodern poems of Cole Swensen (The Book of a Hundred Hands published by University of Iowa Press) and the gritty, feeling-ridden poetry of NJ poet and Literary Review editor Renée Ashley (Because I am the Shore I Want to be the Sea published by Subito Press).