The rain is the most honest thing in our lives. It will never fix us.

POET JAMES CROAL JACKSON                                                                     PHOTOGRAPHER BRIAN MICHAEL BARBEITO


Generalization alert: It seems every religion and civilization has its own trinity—from the Christian holy trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) to the Hindu Trimurti Doctrine (Brahma, Vishnu and Siva), the Egyptians (Amun, Ra, and Ptah), the Greeks (Zeus, Hera, and Hercules), the Babylonians (Ninki/Ishtar, Enki/Namakh, and Marduk), and even Vedic energy manifestations, which are expressed as Tamas, Rajas, Satvas.


Places and symbols also come to mind at the mention of the word trinity, like the island nation of Trinidad -- where we hope to vacation! -- and the Tree of Life, which begins with a Triad symbol, and also that 2011 “experimental” flic starring Brad Pitt. It seems Trinity is perfect for a fun game of word association, an activity we obviously love, since chaotic production of thought just might be how we function.


Some cultures believe bad luck comes in threes, which we suppose is possible, but research indicates otherwise. The truth is we tend to see what we expect to see, and belief goes a long way in shaping our reality. In the words of poet James Croal Jackson: “we belong with whatever we believe in.”


And what does our little blue dog believe in? Our own sacred trinity is simple: poetry, prose, art


Issue 43 of Petite Hound Press, our “Trinity” issue, is fitting as Petite Hound Press approaches its third year. Submissions are now open! Send us your petite poems and artwork.


POET James Croal Jackson's writing has recently been published in Isthmus, Rust+Moth, and The Collapsar. He is the winner of the William Redding Memorial Poetry Prize via The Poetry Forum in his current city of Columbus, OH. Visit him at


PHOTOGRAPHER Brian Michael Barbeito is a Canadian writer and photographer. He is the author of Chalk Lines (Fowl Pox Press, 2013).

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