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Contents: Issue 12: Summer 2019

KF-12 Featured Artist

Our “Haiga” Issue

KF-12 e-Collections

Fiction Climate Crisis Flash
(501–1,000 words)
Micro
(up to 500 words)
Faction About Issue 12 Bio Notes Climate Crisis CNF, Essays, Etc. Visual Arts Poetic & Hybrid Forms Climate Crisis Ekphrastic Works Haibun (Prose + Haiku) Haiga, Taiga, Etc.
(Art + Poetry)
Poems, Lineated Prose Poems Tanka Prose
 

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About Issue 12
Clare MacQueen Intro
Statistics [for all issues; also includes VIDA data]
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Climate Crisis

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Clare MacQueen About Our Featured Theme
Bianca Glinskas Earth Hymn [poem]:
Winner of our Editors’ Choice Award
 
Roy Beckemeyer Legacy’s Sunset [photo-poem]
Roy Beckemeyer +
Skyler Lovelace
The Mystery of Disappearing Bees [R] [poem + ekphrastic painting]
Jack Cooper Another Inconvenient Truth: A Review of the Documentary Film Cowspiracy
MaRco Elliott Paradise Lost: Fire [painting]
Claire Everett The Final Straw [R] [tanka prose]
Scott Ferry August 2018 [photo-poem]
Kelli Fitzpatrick dear leaders [photo-poem]
Barbara Kaufmann climate change [R] [haiga]
Patience Mackarness Her Life in Trash [micro-fiction]
John Olson Beckett 88 [R] [lyrical CNF]
Robin Anna Smith algal bloom [haiku]
Kathleen Thomas Safe Spaces [flash fiction]
Deborah Tomkins Wildwood [flash fiction]
Tony Steven Williams Soon [haibun story]
 

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An “[R]” after titles indicates reprinted works.

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CNF, Essays, Reviews, Etc.
Roy Beckemeyer See Featured Artist below for his ekphrastic craft essay.
Guy Biederman See e-Collections below for his micro-memoir.
Joel Brouwer [Herzog on volcanoes and the internet] [R] [review]
Influenza Playlist [R] [review]
Jack Cooper See Climate Crisis above and
Haiga, Taiga, Etc. below.
Heidi Czerwiec Consider the Lobster Mushroom: Being a brief theory of the craft of creative nonfiction [R] [lyric/craft essay]
Heidi Czerwiec See also Ekphrastic Works below.
Melanie Dunbar My Strong Brave Boy Is Coming Home to Die [micro CNF]
Clare MacQueen “Softball-Sized Eyeball Washes Up on Florida Beach”: The Proetic Vision of Kathleen McGookey [review]
John Olson Legends of the Mailbox [R] [CNF/prose poem]
Meg Pokrass Flashy Tips [R] [craft essay]
Jon Riccio An Interview With Devon Balwit [R]
Katey Schultz Flash Is the Foundation [guest blog post; includes excerpt from her new book, Still Come Home]
 

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e-Collections
Guy Biederman Edible Grace
[An e-Chapbook of Lyrical Micro-Prose]:
The Moose & the Fly [prose poem]
Bathrobe, Biscotti, & Bike [R] [micro-fiction]
Animal Ally [micro-fiction]
How Do We Get Back Into the Zoo? [flash fiction]
Mr. Shortcut [prose poem]
When You’re Hungry Enough [prose poem]
Noun & Verb [prose poem]
We’ve Got All Night [micro-fiction]
Waiting for Results [prose poem]
The Lion Has Lost His Roar [micro-memoir]
Before There Were Poems [prose poem]
Edible Grace [prose poem]
 
John L. Stanizzi PONDs
[An e-Chapbook of Micro-Poems]:
12.25.18: “Presents?” [R]
1.14.19: “Penurious” [R]
1.31.19: “Praises” [R]
2.27.19: “Phoebe” [R]
4.24.19: “Plash”
6.1.19: “Preceptor”
6.5.19: “Predilection”
6.14.19: “Phrases”
6.19.19: “Prizing”
6.25.19: “Promise”
6.28.19: “Primal”
7.2.19: “Pleasing”
 
Susan Tekulve White Blossoms
[An e-Collection of Photographs and Words]:
Honeysuckle, with lines from “Stains” by Brenda Sutton Rose [R]
Jasmine pinwheels and trellis, with lines by Edna St. Vincent Millay and Susan Tekulve [R]
Blackberry; with a quotation [R] by Edward Abbey
Magnolia blossoms and red clay, with a haibun by Stella Pierides, “Homewards” [R]
Gardenias, with an anecdote about Billie Holiday [R]
Mimosa; with lines [R] by Devon Balwit
Panicle Hydrangea; “White Wedding,” with lines [R] by ancient Chinese poet Tso SSu
Lacecap Hydrangea; with a poem [R] by Carl Sandburg
Daisies; with lines [R] by William Wordsworth
Rose of Sharon; with an excerpt [R] from Susan Tekulve’s novel, In the Garden of Stone
Mountain Laurel; with a poem [R] by Rick Mulkey, “Legacy”
North Carolina Mountain Azalea; with quotations [R] by Heinrich Heine and Vita Sackville-West
 
Charles D. Tarlton Get Up and Dance
[An e-Collection of 15 Ekphrastic Prosimetra]:
Artifact With Steam (2019) by Ann Knickerbocker
I. Modern Dance
Alvin Ailey’s I Wanna Be Ready [R]
The Red Circle and the Blue Curtain
William Forsythe: One Flat Thing, Reproduced
SEA: Streb Extreme Action
Et Encore Plus Heterotopia
Variations on a Theme by Bill T. Jones
Falling & Loving
The Architectural Dance of Daniel Libeskind’s Micromegas
Le Ballet des Freux
II. Films
Annabelle Twirling (1897)
An “Isadorable” Dancing in the Swash
Alec Guinness and Yvonne de Carlo Dance the Flamenco
Bob Fosse and Tommy Rall: “The Alley Dance” From My Sister Eileen (1955)
“Begin the Beguine”: Broadway Melody of 1940
 

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Ekphrastic Works

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Devon Balwit Self-Portraits [R] [after Ivan Albright’s self-portraits from the final three years of his life]
Devon Balwit Four Ekphrastic Poems Inspired by the Collage Art of Lorette C. Luzajic:
I Have Loved You Since the World Began, [R]
Place Me Like a Seal Over Your Heart [R]
You Think You Know Me [R]
You Walk By and I Fall to Pieces [R]
Roy Beckemeyer See Featured Artist below for his ekphrastic craft essay.
Heidi Czerwiec Cognoscenti: Edmond Roudnitska [R] [CNF/prose poem]
Cherie Hunter Day Crow Hat [prose poem]
Robert L. Dean, Jr. Four Ekphrastic Works After Paintings by Steven Schroeder:
Mindfield [poem: after The Absolute Absence of God]
Ripple Effect [haibun: after Water Circle]
Trinity [micro-fiction: after Long Night Moon]
Trouble the Water [poem: after Trouble the Water]
Skyler Lovelace See Climate Crisis above for The Mystery of Disappearing Bees.
John Olson Eve’s Medium [R] [CNF/prose poem]
Gary S. Rosin Peripheral Vision [poem]
Charles D. Tarlton See e-Collections above.
 
Note: If you’re interested in submitting ekphrastic works to us, wonderful! We hope you’ll take a few minutes to read our tips, Ephective Ekphrastics: A Guide for Verbalizing Art, which include additional examples of what we’re looking for.
 

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Featured Artist

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Roy Beckemeyer Redolent and Baroque [R] [ekphrastic craft essay]
Roy Beckemeyer Three Poems:
Blackberry [+ video]
Conch Shells as Conveyances [+ audio]
Hail, Amphibia! [+ audio]
Roy Beckemeyer Three Prose Poems:
Artifact
Connoisseurs of Verse [+ audio]
Surface Tension
Roy Beckemeyer [Seven Bewitching Bugs] (photographs):
Sphinx Moth and Salvia [R]
Red Admiral on Shasta Daisy [R]
Honey Bee Sipping Nectar [R]
Juvenile Jumping Spider [R]
Diptera Fly Blowing a Bubble [R]
Springwater Dancer Damselfly [R]
White-Belted Ringtail Dragonfly [R]
Roy Beckemeyer See also Climate Crisis above.
Roy Beckemeyer and Skyler Lovelace See Climate Crisis above.
 

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Fiction, Flash (500–1,000 words)
Guy Biederman See e-Collections above.
James Claffey Sitting Shiva
Laurette Folk Crows
Painting Tulips
Soramimi Hanarejima Echo Location
The Prodigal Shadow
M. K. Hutchins Ghost of the Pepper [R]
Raima Larter Deathwatch [R]
Colleen Kearney Rich Dead Time
Daryl Scroggins Field Trips
Kathleen Thomas See Climate Crisis above.
Deborah Tomkins See Climate Crisis above.
 

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Fiction, Micro (up to 500 words)
Roberta Beary Cutting Board
Our Own Slice of Sky
Guy Biederman See e-Collections above.
J. Bradley The Geek Realizes Couples Counseling Isn’t Working
The Lion Tamer Swallows the Thing He Wanted to Say as She Walks Out of His House for the Last Time
James Claffey Staghorn [R]
Robert L. Dean, Jr. See Ekphrastic Works above.
Gary Glauber A Capitol Idea
The Sum of Three Parts During a Humdinger
Tim Hawkins Taste
Elizabeth Kerlikowske Testament
Patience Mackarness See Climate Crisis above.
John Olson Plato’s Cave [R]
Meg Pokrass Mr. Shaky
Colleen Kearney Rich Haints
Andrew Stancek Walks
Joanna White A Version of the Story in Which the Five-Year-Old Actually Speaks Up
 
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Haibun & Haibun Stories (Prose + Haiku)
Salil Chaturvedi Cross-Legged Cockroach [R] [haibun story]
Robert L. Dean, Jr. See Ekphrastic Works above.
Peter Jastermsky Between the Blinds
Chalk Dudleya
Swallows
Bob Lucky Notes From the Dream Archive
Stella Pierides Homewards [R] {scroll down the page to “Magnolia blossoms and red clay”}
Robin Anna Smith Shift
Alexandra Umlas The Summer After Eleventh Grade [haibun story]
Tony Steven Williams See Climate Crisis above.
 

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Haiga, Taiga, Etc. (Visual Art + Literature)

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Note: We recently learned about “taiga” (that is, the combination of tanka poems and visual artworks) from Pamela A. Babusci, who may be the first to coin the term.

 
Pamela A. Babusci [fire poppies] [haiga]
Pamela A. Babusci Three Taiga:
[Monet’s lilies], with photograph by Diane Dehler [R]
[stilettos] [R]
my begging bowl [R]
Roy Beckemeyer See Climate Crisis above.
Jack Cooper Painting With Words: The Art of Haiga [craft essay]
George Digalakis
and Gary S. Rosin
A passing squall
George Digalakis
and Gary S. Rosin
This bird stood and stared
Scott Ferry See Climate Crisis above.
Kelli Fitzpatrick remnant [photo-poem]
Kelli Fitzpatrick See also Climate Crisis above.
Barbara Kaufmann Three Artworks:
bright stars [R] [taiga]
departing geese [R] [haiga]
fireworks [R] [haiga]
Barbara Kaufmann See also Climate Crisis above.
Skyler Lovelace See Climate Crisis above.
Clare MacQueen Two Taiga:
Meiwa the kumquat
[soft cheeks]
Gary S. Rosin and
George Digalakis
See two entries for George Digalakis and Gary S. Rosin above.
Alexis Rotella Six Artworks:
Inauguration over [R] [haiga]
Mourning [R] [haiga]
Our last dance [R] [haiga]
Queenie [R] [digital painting]
the rumor arrives [R] [haiga]
Wabi sabi cafe [R] [haiga]
 

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An “[R]” after titles indicates reprinted works.

 
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Poems, Lineated
Devon Balwit See Ekphrastic Works above.
Roy Beckemeyer See Featured Artist above.
Robert L. Dean, Jr. See Ekphrastic Works above.
Jessie Ehman Holmes County, Ohio, 2011
Meteora [R]
Scott Ferry Two Poems:
“The only thing that makes sense is to grow”
“Dice, marigolds, molecules” [prose poem]
Scott Ferry See also Climate Crisis above.
Bianca Glinskas See Climate Crisis above.
Tim Hawkins Ballad of the Logos [R]
The Dogs of His Life
The Great Depression [R]
The Multitudes
Arminé Iknadossian Four White Horses
Where the Dead Return as Trees
Dorie LaRue It’s Just Nature Says Some YouTube Commenters
So, Whoever Said Pain Is Inevitable
Ellaraine Lockie Nomenclature in Montana [R]
Chad Lutz Meeting the World Halfway
Rick Mulkey Legacy [R] {scroll down the page to Mountain Laurel}
Bill Ratner Phoebe
Alexis Rhone Fancher June Gloom [R]
Lola the Human Vagina at UC Medical School [R]
Alexis Rotella Three Micro-Poems:
Blackberries
Hot tub
All those unkept promises
Robert Eugene Rubino Hollow Be Thy Name [satire]
Robin Anna Smith See Climate Crisis above.
John L. Stanizzi See e-Collections above.
Joanna White The Proof of Fear
 

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Prose Poems
Roy Beckemeyer See Featured Artist above.
Lin Nelson Benedek In the Minute Clinic at the CVS
Guy Biederman See e-Collections above.
James Claffey Resolutions
Linda Nemec Foster Scattering the Ashes on Lake Geneva
The Eve of St. John the Baptist’s Feast Day, Warsaw
Tim Hawkins Old School
Kathleen McGookey Hostages
In Paris [R]
Like Startled Sparrows
The Waiting [R]
John Olson See CNF, Essays, Etc. and Ekphrastic Works above.
sam sax Learning to Breathe Water [R]
Written to Be Yelled at Trump Tower During a Vigil for the NEA [R]
Lisa Shulman At the Pacific Air Museum
 

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Tanka Prose
Claire Everett These Lives
See also Climate Crisis above.
Robin Anna Smith Malnourished [tanka tale]
Charles D. Tarlton See e-Collections above.
 

NOTE:

See also Haiga, Taiga, Etc. above.

 
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Visual Arts

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Roy Beckemeyer See Featured Artist above.
Diane Dehler See [Monet’s lilies], a collaborative taiga by Pamela A. Babusci and Diane Dehler, under Haiga, Taiga, Etc. above.
George Digalakis See Haiga, Taiga, Etc. above.
MaRco Elliott See Climate Crisis above.
John Levy See Ekphrastic Works above, by Cherie Hunter Day.
Skyler Lovelace See The Mystery of Disappearing Bees, a collaborative haiga by Skyler Lovelace and Roy Beckemeyer, under Climate Crisis above.
Lorette C. Luzajic See Ekphrastic Works above, by Devon Balwit.
 
Ilsy Murillo Two Photographs:
Clouds
Rogue River (Winter 2013, near Rockford, Michigan)
 
Gary S. Rosin See Haiga, Taiga, Etc. above.
Alexis Rotella See Haiga, Taiga, Etc. above.
Steven Schroeder See Ekphrastic Works above, by Robert L. Dean, Jr.
 
Elizabeth Streb Choreographic Notes [drawing]
 
Susan Tekulve See e-Collections above for White Blossoms.
 

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