“Grass Domes” monitors the newborn heart in the latest Naugatuck River Review.
“In the Oxbow Garden of Latin Names” — from old tangles of hours of studying maps and bridal magazines and Latin — appears in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Sugar House Review.
“Wishbone Road” appears in the second to last print issue of Crab Orchard Review. This journal from my parents’ alma mater Southern Illinois University at Carbondale didn’t exist when I was growing up in southern Illinois. Its work has been part of a celebration of the arts that I could only have dreamed of as a child, and I am thankful to be part of it one more time, and in this way. Respect.
When I posted about the show at HSU, I mentioned the Us-versus-the-Other environment that was troubling me. It has only seemed to continue to intensify, and with newfound challenges facing my family, I’m struggling to understand the ground, much less keep my feet on it.
To be in a place full of very different pieces of art by very different artists helps center me again, not because my work is on the walls, although that of course is great, but because it reminds me of all the mirrors and hammers art gives us. This show might move you in a way you need as well.
You can find the exhibit in Gallery I and the Maners/Pappas Gallery in the Fine Arts Building at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. It opened yesterday, June 14, and runs through August 25. Summer gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday (except university holidays). Free and open to the public.