Atlas and Alice - Issue 7

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Atlas & Alice | Issue 7, Summer/Fall 2016

8 Hot New Tips Guaranteed to Make Your Summer Sizzle 1. The honeysuckle will bloom limp yellow hands. Hold the flower and pinch / just above the calyx. Pinch hard enough to break through the petal, but not all the way to the insides. ………..You’ll see what I mean. 2. Mix things up by imagining someone else spraying poison up the chimney, knocking egg sacs down. 3. Try keeping your clothes on / as you walk into the river. It will be uncomfortable going in / and again, coming out. 4. The dryer will sing in the basement. Don’t be afraid to roll the lint into a ball / the color of a storm. 5. Leave the lights on. I mean all of them. I mean the bulb in the refrigerator. I mean Ursa Minor and the oxidized sconce on the corner of the garage / scratched / and full of bugs. 6. Brush your teeth. Stare at the enamel / basin. Wonder if the dead russet rat, soggy and fat, was a dream. 7. Use your hands / bare / to collect worms when they drown up from the ground. 8. Collect also / the first branch that brushes against your hat. Put it in your bag like it’s something worth saving. Better yet, plant it in the ground. See what it has to give.


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