July's cover photo meditates on the concept of suburban sprawl. Taken in Oro Valley, Arizona, the image, to me, suggests something more than the timeless nature vs civilization trope. It evokes a pushing back, a rolling over, a reclaiming of the land. The Tohono O'odham name for the chief mountain, Mount Lemon, in the prehistoric range from where the photo was taken is Babad Do'ag, or "Frog Mountain," signifying deference to all indigenous things. The ominous blue haze encroaching from the distant Picacho Peak promises an unstoppable restoration. A correction. ~ Brian Alessandro
The non-native transplants look at the photo and say "oh, how beautiful...I see Oro Valley." I look at the photo and say "I see death." ~ Lupe Rodarte
Taken from 'Pusch Ridge' overlooking Oro Valley, AZ
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~ James Baldwin
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Fiction, Poetry, Essays, Drama
“As an Act of Protest” has never been more urgent than now.
The Bulldog, the Cyclone, the Ocelot, and Tom. With dignity and mettle for all.
A reluctant “outlaw” too radical for the queer canon.
Hubris is infectious.
Subjects include dependency and exploitation.
A pagan penance in paradise.
All the natural things that pull.
Centuries of cruelty demand centuries of reparation.
Deviations from dark destinies.
Grace is a dance in the face of adversity, a pirouette across a landscape of bigotry.
Morality is a creative endeavor.
The salt of the Earth exerts the greatest pressures.
Coupledom is the loneliest state.
Rented and reconstituted.
Treading water, staying afloat.
Dial M for Metaphysics.
Fathers, sons, and the toxic masculine.
Idolatry is more than skin deep.
Lost objects, found directions.
Violently, lovingly, evade.
The body politic, awake and ready to move.
Weathered but undergirded.
A sublime horror, a beautiful exploitation—sung to mellifluous perfection.
Dismantled binaries, reclaimed thoughts, decolonized language.
Sacred patronage, grateful salvation.
Legacies, embattled and embalmed.
Exiting hell, burdened with clarity.
The anxiety of loneliness, the panic of disconnection.
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