LETISIA CRUZ & HEATHER LANG
According to the Association for Psychological Science, neuroimaging studies have shown “that brain regions involved in processing physical pain overlap considerably with those tied to social anguish.” The connection is so strong that painkillers prescribed for our physical ailments seem capable of relieving our emotional wounds. Love hurts, literally.
Heartbreak is painful, and it certainly leaves us with internal scars. But does it also mark us physically? Do our eyes recede a little deeper? Does our skin shed? Or, perhaps our hair stands on end when someone speaks her name ...as if in tune with an emotional undercurrent that now runs wildly within us. Do we walk around like injured animals with broken hearts as if someone has painted a bullseye on our chest?
The pairing of Andy Fogle’s poem, “Music for Airports,” with Graham Franciose’s artwork, “The Hunted,” compels us to stop and question the effects of heartbreak on our bodies.
There is a sense of motion to both Fogle’s poem and Franciose’s painting that requires us to question where we are and, perhaps more importantly, where we are headed. The creature within us stirs and we roam the forest, the mountain, the airport. We scan the crowd for a familiar face but there is none. Our eyes sink deeper. Our heart aches. We no longer recognize her; we no longer recognize ourselves.
There is nothing left to do but stand still and watch the world spin, admire the “lovelier lights” and allow the darkness of edges to seep in.
Jaffe, E. Why love literally hurts. Association
for Psychological Science. Retrieved
.:| Welcome to Issue 16 of Petite Hound Press |:.
POET Andy Fogle has five chapbooks of poetry, most recently The Last Apprenticeship (White Knuckle Press), and work including poems, translations, memoir, interviews, criticism, and educational research in The Writer’s Chronicle, Natural Bridge, RHINO, English Journal, Gargoyle, and Popmatters. He grew up in Virginia Beach, spent 13 years in the DC area, and now lives in upstate NY, teaching high school and working on a PhD in Education.
ARTIST Graham Franciose grew up in the forests of Massachusetts. His work reaches back to those times of exploration and imagination, where anything was possible. His whimsical, sometimes emotional, illustrations show a sliver of a story, a moment between the action, leaving the exact circumstances and narrative up to the viewer. There is sense of familiarity and honesty within his characters and scenes, as well as a sense of mystery and wonder.
Graham received his BFA in Illustration from the Hartford Art School in '05. He originally wanted to pursue Children's Book Illustration as a career, but his personal work has taken center stage over the last few years. He currently lives and works as a professional artist and illustrator in Austin, TX.