Paintings with pale sky, wind-buffeted pines and loaded pack horses with wide rumps and blonde manes – ones just like these decorate ten thousand tavern walls. Or curl as calendars in filling stations in blow-away towns. Men in chaps slump over dollar-size belt buckles; their hats fold into conventions of cowboy. This artist painted a Navajo-red thunderbolt on one saddle blanket, an accent to trail-dust hues of boredom. What the armed horseback renegades who occupied the Malheur Refuge had in mind when riding out with an American flag for TV cameras.Read more "Cowboy Art in the University Library"
River Dogs River folk have destroyed the bridge beneath an obsolete moon their dogs run wild lizards grasped tightly in their iron jaws beneath an iron moon the bridge yaws empty a tracery of absence where the bridge once existed dogs laugh into the throat of history observing the ongoing battle between freshness and salt jellyfish encroach […]Read more "River Dogs"
Michael Mackin O’Mara works for a nonprofit in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is the managing editor of the South Florida Poetry Journal concentrating on audio and video submissions. He has been published by Chantwood Magazine, Door is a Jar, Fields Magazine, Slag Review, Switched-on Gutenberg, Silver Birch Press and Indolent Books. His hobbies include photography, videography, […]Read more "Americana II | November 9, 1965"
Richard Bentley has published fiction, poetry, and memoir in over 200 journals, magazines and anthologies. He has served on the board of the Modern Poetry Association (now known as the Poetry Foundation). He is a Pushcart Prize nominee. He was prizewinner in the Paris Review/Paris Writers Workshop International Fiction Awards. Chartres They mounted their ladders […]Read more "Chartres"
Below is Part 20 of 23 monthly installments for Visitant. ◄◄ Read the prologue / introduction: Meet Agnes Person ◄ Read the previous installment | Surfactants The Dodie Medallions Folding her hair into origami signets, Agnes Person celebrates summer’s close with a swan’s song. She will hum Mozart’s lighter operas and busy herself this long Labor Day […]Read more "Agnes Person | The Dodie Medallions"
KG Newman is a 2012 Arizona State University graduate and sports writer for The Denver Post. His first two poetry collections, While Dreaming of Diamonds in Wintertime and Selfish Never Get Their Own, are available on Amazon. More Good News All Americans want is one shot on the jumbotron that will elevate them like overtime […]Read more "More Good News"
Jon Riccio is a PhD candidate and composition instructor at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. His work has appeared in apt, Booth, Cleaver, Hawai’i Review, Switchback, The Volta, and Waxwing, among others. He received his MFA from the University of Arizona. Slender Man’s Arizona Visit Skinny ain’t what it used to be. […]Read more "Slender Man’s Arizona Visit"
Benjamin Abel lives in Coastal North Carolina. Reader. Writer. Student. Teacher. Author’s note: “I wrote this after years of trying to figure out how to describe watching rain drops strike the ocean surface, from beneath the waves” Drop A world erupts from the heavens, cast down from its waft through veins of invisible. The never perfect […]Read more "Drop"
Dennis Mont’Ros is a Cuban American and military veteran pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of South Florida. He is currently co-editor for both poetry and fiction at the journal Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art. Dennis was a finalist for The Iowa Review’s 2016 Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans. The […]Read more "The Devil Cloaked in Sun"
Don Clermont holds a B.A. in French Literature and has published literary research in The Journal of Eastern Townships Studies. He has also published poetry in SUNY Plattsburgh’s Z-Platt and draws inspiration from American beat poets as well as international poets such as Aimé Césaire, Gaston Miron, and Pablo Neruda. Book Burning on the Television Non-substantive information […]Read more "Book Burning on the Television"