This issue was inspired by the Seattle Art Museum's recent exhibition, Pop Departures, and specifically the work of American artist Roy Lichtenstein, including the comic-strip style. Rather than creating Issue Two to parody the talented Matt Dennison's "Anti-Vivisectionist" and Christopher Woods' photography, however, we've taken these works -- complete on their own -- and merged them together so that juxtaposition and complementation might create something new. For example, might we visualize the subject of vivisection, love, as a carousel rabbit? What is the forlorn teenager in the corndog booth contemplating? Why are the bright-colored boats empty, and in what ways are they "just like us"? These are only some of our questions of course. 


This issue features Matt Dennison's poem "Anti-Vivisectionist" and Christopher Woods' photography:


  • Run Rabbit Run 

  • Carny God

  • Balance

  • The Boredom of Corn Dogs 

                    -- previously appeared in The Red Truck

  • Coaster Tracks

  • The Dark Bird of the Midway

                    -- previously appeared in The Bohemyth

  • Float Your Boat



ARTIST Christopher Woods is a writer, teacher and photographer who lives in Houston and Chappell Hill, Texas. His published works include a novel, The Dream Patch, a prose collection, Under a Riverbed Sky, and a book of stage monologues for actors, Heart Speak. His fiction has appeared in a number of publications including Stone Voices, The Southern Review, Columbia, New England Review, New Orleans Review and Glimmer Train. He conducts private writing workshops in Houston. His photographs have appeared in many journals, with photo essays published in Glasgow Review, Public Republic, Deep South, Shadowgraph, and Narrative Magazine, among others. His photographs can be seen in his >> GALLERY <<



POET Matt Dennison: After a rather extended and varied second childhood in New Orleans (street musician, psych- tech, riverboat something-or-other, door-to-door poetry peddler), Matt Dennison finished his undergraduate degree at Mississippi State University where he won the National Sigma Tau Delta essay competition (judged by X.J. Kennedy). His work has appeared in Rattle, Natural Bridge, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and Cider Press Review, among others. He currently lives in a 110-year-old house with "lots of potential." 



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