The sleeper sinks into his settlement. The hot, wild world blurs and fades away. All the poppies of all the fields off all the countries and continents flourish and provide a restful grave. And the earth reclaims its seed. ~ Brian Alessandro, Editor-in-Chief
Digital painting on linen with polymer
40” by 60”
"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive."
~ 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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