FORCE AND MOTION. What is the relationship between these two? Each of us is a force as formidable as a train wreck. But, what drives us? What moves us?


Perhaps it is a constant need for newness, a desire to be remolded. When, then, does “The New Me” emerge, and at what point along the journey does she become essential? Perhaps “The New Me” is being shaped and re-shaped at every train stop.


Sarah J. Sloat’s poem evokes an honest freedom. The constant shifting of energies. A train in motion. An ability to stop, modify, and change direction, although always within the constrains of the vehicles that we employ and inhabit: Vespas, trains, our bodies.


Tazio Ruffilo’s image invokes a sense of chaos, of time passing as quickly as a speeding train.  We stand like ghosts among ruins wondering how the life we knew just moments ago has vanished. Where has it gone? And, what’s left in its place?


Welcome to ISSUE 19 of Petite Hound Press.


POET Sarah J. Sloat grew up in New Jersey and now lives in Germany, where she works in news. Sarah’s poems have appeared in Fugue, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Court Green. Her chapbook Inksuite is available from dancing girl press, which will also publish Heiress to a Small Ruin in late 2015. 


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.


This issue also features MODEL Amanda Stampone. 

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