May Flowers Zine - Issue Two

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cover photograph by Abigail Palmer

CONTENTS Page 3 - Welcome to Issue Two! Page 4 - Contributors and Creatives Page 5 - Issue Two Playlist Page 6 -Photo by Emily Mullett Page 7 - púrpura by Julia Ortiz Page 8 - Abigail Palmer Page 9 - Book Recommendations Page 10 - Book Recommendations Page 11 - Parrot's Drumble by Kelsie Colclough Page 12 -White Paper: A Monologue Page 13 - Violet Fields by A.R.Salandy Page 14 - Thank you!

Welcome to Issue Two! By Dorothy Grace @dorothygrace06 Hello, and welcome to the second issue of May Flowers Zine! The themes of this issue are purple, flowers and technology! Our team has been working super hard on this issue, and are looking forward to sharing it with you all, as it is full to the brim with amazing creations by amazing creatives. So kick back, relax, and enjoy!

'April showers bring May flowers'

Contributors and Creatives These are the names of each of the creatives and contributors who were involved in making this issue so special! Dorothy Grace

Álanna Hammel

Kelsie Coclough

Abigail Palmer

M.P Armstrong

Misaki Chibana

Emily Mullett

Julia Ortiz

Kelsie Colclough

Sarah McKiernan



ISSUE TWO PLAYLIST curated by Sarah McKiernan find the playlist on our Spotify page: May Flowers Zine Backyard Boy by Claire Rosinkranz Space Girl by Frances Forever Dumpster by Peneople Scott Team by Lorde Sunshine Riptide by Fall Out Boy, Burna Boy On the Radio by Regina Spektor Dedicated To The One I Love by The Mamas & The Papas Candy by Robbie Williams Bad Ideas by Tessa Violet Be Around Me by Will Joseph Cook Sweet Tooth by Cavetown Love Me Like That by Leadley Monster (feat. King Princess) by Adventure Time drivers license by Olivia Rodrigo Put Your Records On by Ritt Momney Monster by dodie my future by Billie Eilish Lover by Taylor Swift Happiness, Pt. 1 by Satchmode Night Changes by One Direction Pictures of Girls by Wallows We Are Not Alone by Karla Devito How Bizarre by OMC

photo by Emily Mullett

púrpura and in that endless field of lavender, i feel your ghost-hand close to me, plucking at springs of green and caressing petals, throwing them to the wind. i see you in the ripples of my tea, feel you in the smell, taste you in vanilla cream and watch you reflected in Elizabeth Taylor’s violet picture-frame eyes. you asked me once “wouldn’t you love to be a star?” but i have always preferred to dance like i am hiding, to gaze out at the constellations in silence like prayer. i think daily about tattoos of you. where to put them? how to trace them aimlessly with my fingers? if they should be lavender sprigs or else new trees sprouting, laurels of victory, plums that you ate from the icebox, or blankets draped carelessly over a chair i fought you for. perhaps i will just spread you softly, fig-jam on my toast today. the one time you heard me sing, you laughed like the ringing of bells but promised you were just newly happy. i said i was not singing for you, but to Artemis and her hunters (this was not the whole truth. you knew it too, but took my hand anyway.) your amethyst ring is growing tighter on my hand every day, but i would never take you off, would sooner sever my ring-finger and promise to never marry. you would cry. - Julia Ortiz

Photos by Abigail Palmer Abigail Palmer is a film production major, who took these photos back in 2017, during a high school carnival. Find more of her work on her instagram: @abigailpalmerlens

Bio by DorothyGrace

Book Recommendations BOOK OF THE MONTH: ‘1Q84’ by Haruki Murakami Age Rating: 15+ A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to noticepuzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 — “Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.”Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghost-writing project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unravelled. Haruki Murakami (Japanese: ) is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator.

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‘Girl, Serpent, Thorn’ by Melissa Bashardoust ‘The Wizard of Earthsea’ by Ursula K. Le Guin ‘Homo Deus’ by Yuval Noah Harari

Curated and Written by Álanna Hammel

Book Recommendations ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ by Philip K. Dick Age Rating: All Ages, Particulary Young Adult It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there, lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment--find them and then... "retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they did not want to be found! Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections.

‘The City We Became’ by N. K. Jemisin Age Rating: Young Adult Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She has got five. Every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all. Nora K. Jemisin is an American science fiction and fantasy writer who has also worked as a counseling psychologist. Her fiction includes a wide range of themes, notably cultural conflict and oppression. She has won several awards for her work, including the Locus Award.

Curated and Written by Álanna Hammel

Parrot's Drumble She draws the Lovers card and I think of you. Of us. In that field of bluebells alone and quiet with only birds for company. It’s paradise and it’s hell. It’s standing still when all is spinning on a hazy Sunday

and all I’ve got is your hand to root me to the ground If we’ve spun so far that we’re upside down what does that mean for us? I can’t say we’re devoted when we’ve flown so far I can’t say you care, not when like a parrot You only repeat my words back to me.

I love you I miss you stay stay stay

Kelsie Colclough

"White Paper” - A Monologue by Misaki "Taky" Chibana Today I bought another notebook at Marco’s despite having 47 already sleeping in my closet. And by sleeping I mean completely new and blank. Lately I’ve been wondering, why do I buy so many? Well, there is something about a blank paper that brings me an emotion that no drawing, line or doodle can. Maybe It’s the potential, the millions of possibilities within a white paper. The feeling that I can write whatever I please. And maybe that’s why so many of my notebooks are left untouched. Scared to ruin their potential by making a mistake while doing the lineart of an almost perfect piece. Am I stuck in an endless cycle of perfectionism and fear? Nah, I just really like notebooks.

photo by Emily Mullett

Violet Fields Lavender fields frolic as loving winds Force worn feet to succumb To earthen ground Where sweet ligaments intertwine Under hazy skies cooling, For approaching dusk Serves to shield Tender engagement As obscured sun Watches over lilac blankets That quiver under sutured lips That disrobe anxious sentiment And douse kindling internal With desires bent, Where darkened landscapes Might entice forbidden lovers To find homely fervor Beyond glaring glances, And retribution otherworldly. - A.R.Salandy