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  volume 1. issue two  
A collection of poetry
by Patricia Wellingham-Jones

from Mongolian Art Exhibit

I turn a corner, stunned now by faces / on the wall—masks of deities, shamans, / in papier-mâché, carved wood, stuffed skin. / Black brows pull down over glaring eyes, / red mouths stretch in snarls or gentle smiles. (more...)
Patricia Wellingham-Jones
Isabelle Ghaneh
Todd Heldt
Pamela Miller
Joan Dy
Lina ramona Vitkauskas
Michelle Bitting
Arthur Joyce
Adrienne Lewis
Anne Durant
Kathryn Ugoretz
Cheryl Stiles
Ellaraine Lockie
Arlene Ang
Ellen Wade Beals
JeFF Stumpo
Lita Sorensen
Andrena Zawinski
Rebecca Clark
Jim Coppoc
Carly Sachs
Siri Steiner
Theodore Worozbyt
Hal Ackerman
Gretchen Skillman
Shawn Sargent
Rebecca Harper
Concetta Ceriello
Patrick Tucker
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Body Worlds
by Joan Dy

“To live in the world is to live in the body,
that deepest heap of wants…” - Amy Fleury

When I die I want to be
      shredded down
to bone and fat, the bonsai
            of my kidneys exposed
      and shish
kebabed for little girls
      to poke and finger,
my brain a spiny coral
along the smooth ocean of skull –
      muscles lying languidly
like sheep grazing on a rain
      field. For what does the body
want to be but
      remembered – for its
perfect form, the way the tongue
      taps behind
the teeth three times
      to say muscadine or chicory, no
elegy for the musculature
      of passing
            to a place where
      no knowledge
exists except for
            the prick of rib
      against flesh, the glass pendulum
      of one’s own heart swinging
            from one shell-washed
                  shore to another.

-after the “Body Worlds”
Exhibit, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Joan Dy's poetry has appeared in Lyric, The Southeast Review, Hiram Review, and Re)verb. She is a River Styx Poetry Award finalist, recently won the Andy P. Smith Award for nonfiction, and will be an Assistant Editor at Crab Orchard Review this summer. She completed her MFA in poetry at Southern Illinois University this year, and plans to teach English in Asia in September. She enjoys studying anatomy, backpacking, and cooking, and secretly wants to be the lovechild of Martha Stewart and Julia Child. — A collection of Joan's poetry will be featured in the Fall issue of Ink & Ashes.
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