LETISIA CRUZ & HEATHER LANG
In photography, double exposure refers to the superimposition of two or more images used to create a single picture. Similarly, the nature of duality encompasses multiple layers coming together to create a singular experience.
As you read these words, various independent layers are at work interacting with one another to create your reality. As we peel these layers apart, we discover distinct films. First, we have the observer — this is you, your mind, your consciousness, your energy, or whatever you call the part of yourself that is here, having this experience.
The second layer is your vehicle. No, we don’t mean your car, your bike, or your skateboard, but your body — the flesh and blood that allow you to translate the external stimuli of your eyes scanning this screen into sensory experience.
Another layer is everything else — the universe as we know it, the place in which we exist, but cannot perceive directly. Our bodies, the second layer, and inarguably the reason we are able to have this experience, also acts a barrier between us and the rest of the universe. (Ah, the irony of duality!)
Our experience is divided into two parts: relative and absolute. Earth is both an enormous planet and a speck of dust. Everything is relative — a matter of perspective. What, then, is absolute?
Welcome to ISSUE 41 of Petite Hound Press. In Patty Paine’s Double Exposure, we find two color schemes: light and dark. We are both a child in a stroller and an empty field. In Marla Melito’s poem "Moondial 1," we similarly arrive at a place where we are both “sitting in [our] workshop, shivering,” and slipping “under the equator.”
PHOTOGRAPHER Patty Paine is the author of Grief & Other Animals (Accents Publishing) The Sounding Machine (Accents Publishing), Feral (Imaginary Friend Press), Elegy & Collapse (Finishing Line Press), and co-editor of Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Contemporary Arabian Gulf Poetry (Garnet Publishing & Ithaca Press) and The Donkey Lady and Other Tales from the Arabian Gulf (Berkshire). She is the founding editor of Diode Poetry Journal, and Diode Editions, and is an assistant professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar where she teaches writing and literature, and is Interim Director of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
POET Marla Melito has worked in international public health, arts administration, and education, and has poems in Greensboro Review, Gargoyle, Roanoke Review, and Hartskill Review. She is from North Adams, Massachusetts, lived in the DC area for 10 years, and now lives in upstate NY. This poem also appears in Marla's new chapbook, available through Finishing Line Press.