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LDOC Issue 08.02

free art Monday, May 16, 2016

Meditations on Time Photographs by Philip Dembinski Childhood Poetry by Natalie Unger

Best Friends As you toss your leather to the floor beneath you and collapse your worn out spine into this seat we share, I look beyond your hardened eyes and those punctures in your expectations and see – two frames split the water into three; sturdy backs fall in love with stone as beaming faces make love to the North Star; balmy palms brave the first hints of heartbreak together; permission to cry, “you can cry”; tasting together for the first time that fizzy fermented yeast; you, the doctor when the street took my skin away; saying goodbye hours (and years) too soon – my friend.


On frigid days like what it meant to be Midwestern moonl

I take the steps of a through the icy ter plane I’ve landed o

and trace –with nu cranny in my chest to that night a slee whites of its beami bodies as they year upward.

As if the stars in th were our first love we sprawled out like two starfish w

Hand-to-hand, foot-to-foot, we offered our inn a sky deprived (or

And a crowd of cha moved their boney dancing in the win away to a galaxy be

We savored our eli That moment was

these I consider e coddled by the soft light.

a child as I move rrain of this particular on,

umb fingers – each t epy sky rested the ing eye on our tiny rned

hose vacant heavens ers,

washed ashore.

nocent frames to freed) of light.

anting elms y fists, nd as we gave our bodies eyond our years.

ixir. beyond remembering.

Philip Dembinski is a portrait and documentary photographer based out of the Humboldt Park neighborhood in Chicago, IL. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2008 from Columbia College Chicago. He has shown work internationally, including Flak Photo’s 100 Portraits, 100 Photographers traveling exhibit, and is part of Catherine Edelman Gallery’s Chicago Project. His inspiration comes from chance encounters, disquieting landscapes, and subtle expressions. Additionally, Philip is a teaching artist at the Marwen Foundation where he leads both digital and analogue photography classes for Chicago’s youth. Natalie Unger is a writer residing in Chicago. She first began writing poetry when she was 13. Natalie has read her poetry at various events throughout Chicago, including Salonathon and the Moonlight Owl Collective. Most recently, she wrote on-the-spot, improvised poems for the Chicago Art Department’s annual fundraiser. For Natalie, poetry is a tool of empathy and a pathway toward deep introspection for all people. She hopes to go back to school for her MFA and one day work with women to empower them to tell their stories through writing. Natalie regularly writes customized “Five Minute Poems” on her typewriter for anyone who submits a theme to her blog. LDOC is a free photography and creative writing publication featuring a new local artist and writer each month, creating an installment-based experience for the Chicago commuter. Find LDOC in red newspaper boxes at the following Red Line stops: Howard St., Belmont, Sox-35th, and 69th. LDOC is also distributed by volunteers at the downtown Red Line Lake stops every first and third Monday evening of the month.

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LDOC Issue 08.02  

LDOC Issue 08.02 / Artist - Philip Dembinski, "Meditations on Time" / Writer - Natalie Unger, "Childhood"