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If you ?r e r eadin g th is, th an k you . Th e m agazin e in you r h an ds is th e fir st ever issu e of pH an d we h ope you en joy th e con ten t as m u ch as we do. Ph il adel ph ia h as su ch an am azin g ar t scen e th at r ar el y gets th e atten tion th at it deser ves. By m ak in g th is m agazin e, we wan ted to offer u p a pl atfor m for ar tists to pr esen t th eir wor k open l y an d for fr ee. Th e focu s h er e is on in depen den t ar tists. W e?r e n ot goin g to be cover in g con cer ts at th e W el l s Far go Cen ter or exh ibits at th e PM A. Th is m agazin e is for l ocal ar tists an d l ocal m u sician s an d l ocal wr iter s to sh ow th e wor l d wh at?s h appen in g in th e City of Br oth er l y Love. By su ppor tin g pH you ?r e al so su ppor tin g th ose ar tists. W e h ope you spr ead th e wor d abou t wh at you see in h er e becau se exposu r e is th e on l y way th ese peopl e can affor d to do wh at th ey do. Bein g an u p-an d-com in g ar tist is tou gh . W e?r e tr yin g to m ak e it a l ittl e bit easier.


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LaVa SPACe THriveS In ThE Face of EvicTion SINCE 2010, th e Lan caster Aven u e Au ton om ou s Space (com m on l y k n own as LAVA Space) h as existed as a pl ace for com m u n ity gath er in gs, gu er r il l a ar t exh ibits, an d an in tim ate space for l ive sh ows an d per for m an ces. It?s becom e a pr im e exam pl e of th e k in d of space th e W est Ph il l y ar t scen e h as com e to r epr esen t.

LAVA is in depen den tl y r u n , pr om otes safe an d wel com in g even ts, an d gives back th r ou gh fu n dr aiser s an d com m u n ity even ts. Th e top fl oor is u sed for office spaces for social ju stice gr ou ps (cu r r en tl y occu pied by Sel m a Jam es speak in g abou t h er m ost r ecen t book , th e H u m an Righ ts Coal ition an d Sex, Race, and Class Radio Pr om eth eu s) an d th e bottom fl oor is a com m u n ity l ibr ar y by day an d a stage for l ectu r er s an d m u sician s by n igh t.

So it cam e as a sh ock wh en a n otice was posted on th e door s of LAVA Space n otifyin g th em th at th ey owed $1,600 in u n paid taxes an d th at th eir l an dl or d was th r eaten in g eviction . After som e diggin g, th e col l ective discover ed th at a r eal estate devel oper pu r ch ased th e pr oper ty an d began pr essu r in g th e city to pu t th e pr oper ty u p for au ction . Becau se th e l ien was pl aced over two year s ago, LAVA h ad vir tu al l y n o oth er option s th an to fol l ow u p with a l awsu it or be for ced to sh u t down .


news Th e gr assr oots or gan ization took to th e in ter n et, star tin g a GoFu n dM e page ask in g for don ation s in or der to k eep th e space al ive. Th e col l ective was in itial l y ask in g for $2,000 in or der to cl ear th e debt th at jeopar dized th eir con tin u ation , as wel l as th e fu n ds to cover th e cost of h ir in g a l awyer to defen d th em in cou r t.

Local act Joy Again per for m in g at LAVA Space, 10/ 14/ 16

W ith in fou r h ou r s of postin g th e l in k on th eir Facebook page, LAVA Space m et th eir goal . Don ation s began fl owin g in fr om th e n eigh bor h ood wh o wer e ju st as h ear tbr ok en as th e col l ective to h ear abou t th e l ien . Som e don ation s wer e as sm al l as $5 an d som e wer e as l ar ge as $250, bu t befor e l on g LAVA Space was abl e to cover th e debt th ey owed to th e city an d m or e. As wor d spr ead th e don ation s k ept r ol l in g in , so th ey u pped th eir goal to $3,000 in or der to affor d sever al pr ojects th ey?d been pu ttin g off su ch as fixin g th e bath r oom s an d gettin g a fr esh coat of pain t for th e offices u pstair s. Th ey qu ick l y exceeded th at goal as wel l , an d th e GoFu n dM e page (wh ich is stil l acceptin g don ation s, by th e way) is cu r r en tl y u p to $4,610.

It's al ways gr eat to see a com m u n ity com e togeth er to su ppor t a str u ggl in g bu sin ess in th e face of oppr ession . It?s goin g to be an u ph il l battl e if LAVA Space is goin g to con tin u e to th r ive in th eir cu r r en t state, bu t with com m u n ity su ppor t it?s u n l ik el y th at th ey?l l be gon e an ytim e soon .


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The GROwl erS EnerGIze ut CRowd WIth Sl eeK New Al Bum W H AT do you get wh en you m ix r idicu l ou sl y gr oovy tu n es, a r owdy cr owd, an d five h u n k s in wh ite tu xedos em bel l ish ed with fl or al design s? Th at?s r igh t, a Gr owl er s sh ow. Th e Cal ifor n ian ?beach goth ? ban d k n own as Th e Gr owl er s m ade th eir way to Un ion Tr an sfer Sept. 27 wh il e tou r in g in su ppor t of th eir n ew al bu m , ?City Cl u b.? Th is was m y fir st tim e seein g Th e Gr owl er s l ive an d th e on l y u sefu l advice I was given befor e th e sh ow was ?expect to dan ce u n til you r l egs give ou t.?

To m y su r pr ise, th e ven u e was n ear l y fu l l at 8:30 PM sh ar p r egar dl ess of th e fact th at th er e was n o on e to set th e stage befor e Th e Gr owl er s. A cr oss section of th e cr owd pain ted a wide spectr u m of fan s fr om h ar dcor e pu n k s to h ippies an d even a 60-som eth in g-year -ol d m an in fr on t of m e spor tin g a bl u e bl azer with l ar ge sn owfl ak es. Soon en ou gh a fl u or escen t ?City Cl u b? sign was l it u p wh ich n atu r al l y l ed to u n n ecessar y ch eer in g fr om th e cr owd. Ar ou n d 9:00 PM al l five m em ber s of th e ban d sau n ter ed on to th e stage cau sin g ever yon e to go wil d an d m e to swoon .

Th e Gr owl er s k ick ed off th e sh ow with on e of th eir m ost popu l ar son gs, ?Big Toe,? fr om th eir al bu m ?Ch in ese Fou n tain .? Based off th e cr owd?s wil d r eaction with in h ear in g th e fir st few ch or ds of th e tu n e, I?l l go ah ead an d say it was a gr eat ch oice to open u p with . Sin ce th e n ew al bu m was set to be r el eased Sept. 30, it was n o su r pr ise th ey pl ayed abou t h al f of it th at n igh t to give fan s a taste of wh at?s to com e. Of al l th e son gs on ?City Cl u b,? ?Nigh t Ride? is h an ds down m y favor ite th an k s to th e vivid m em or y I h ave of l ead sin ger Br ook s Niel sen swin gin g h is h ips to it wh il e bl essin g m y ear s with h is per fectl y sm ok y voice.


news H ear in g th e cr owd r oar ,or gr owl r ath er ,wh en th e ban d?s sign atu r e son gs l ik e ?On e M il l ion Lover s? an d ?Som eday? wer e pl ayed was way m or e over wh el m in g th an I h ad an ticipated. Th r ou gh ou t th e n igh t th er e wer e m aybe 15 in stan ces of peopl e h oppin g on stage ju st to dive back in to th e cr owd befor e secu r ity cou l d get a h ol d of th em . Som e fan s becam e fon d of th e th r il l an d got u p th er e m or e th an on ce wh il e oth er s ju st a sin gl e tim e to k iss Niel sen on th e ch eek or dan ce ar ou n d l ead gu itar ist M att Tayl or. W h il e m ost seem ed to be h ypn otized in a dan cin g tr an ce, th er e wer e a few figh ts an d an in evitabl e m osh pit du r in g th e n igh t.

After pl ayin g abou t 20 son gs th e ban d th an k ed al l th e Ph il adel ph ian fan s an d gr acefu l l y m ade th eir way off th e stage. Th e cr owd ch eer ed, h ol l er ed, an d cl apped u n til Th e Gr owl er s cam e back ou t for an en cor e. Th e beach goth r ock er s pl ayed ?Gay Th ou gh ts? an d ?I?l l Be Ar ou n d? befor e fin al l y en din g th e n igh t with a fan favor ite, ?Goin g Gets Tou gh .?

Over al l , I th ou gh t Th e Gr owl er s pu t on an am azin g sh ow. I can ?t even begin to expl ain h ow effor tl essl y cool each m em ber of th is ban d is. Th ou gh th er e wer e m an y son gs I didn ?t k n ow fr om th e n ew al bu m it was excitin g for m e to h ear con sider in g it was pr odu ced Th e Gr owl er s at Un ion Tr an sfer by Ju l ian Casabl an cas an d I am qu ite th e Str ok es fan . Th e ?City Cl u b? tou r wil l go on u n til m id-Novem ber ,bu t th e fin al U.S. sh ow wil l be th is m on th at Th e Gr owl er s?ver y own ?Beach Goth Festival .? If th e ch an ce to see th ese du des com es u p again I h igh l y r ecom m en d goin g ou t to see th em . Un til th en , I su ggest l isten in g to ?City Cl u b? wh il e wear in g you r favor ite sh ades an d a l eath er jack et to get th e fu l l Gr owl er s exper ien ce.


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Local Natives SupporT PunK OUt PUNK OUT is a r egister ed 501(c)(3) n on pr ofit or gan ization fr om Ph il adel ph ia dedicated to su ppor tin g LGBT m u sician s an d fan s th r ou gh th e power of m u sic. Th e or gan ization h as team ed u p with Local Natives to h ost a sn ack dr ive su ppor tin g th e Attic You th Cen ter at th e ban d?s u pcom in g sh ow on Oct. 19 at th e El ectr ic Factor y. ?W e wan t to cr eate a m ovem en t of acceptan ce in th e al ter n ative m u sic scen e. W e wor k to star t con ver sation s, m ak e LGBT com m u n ity m em ber s an d th eir issu es m or e visibl e, r em ove th e taboo with in th e al ter n ative m u sic com m u n ity,an d in cr ease over al l acceptan ce of ever yon e,? states Pu n k Ou t?s website. Fou n der of Pu n k Ou t M ich ael M cCar r on an d th e r est of th e or gan ization is tr yin g to br in g atten tion , an d u l tim atel y,an en d to LGBT you th h om el essn ess. Sin ce th e Attic You th Cen ter is Ph il l y?s on l y LGBT you th r esou r ce cen ter ,both Pu n k Ou t an d Local Natives h ave r eal ized th e im por tan ce of su ppor tin g th e cen ter.

Th r ou gh th e power of m u sic an d h el p fr om ban d par tn er sh ips, r ecor d l abel s, pu bl icity com pan ies, an d ven u es, th e or gan ization an d th eir par tn er s h ave been abl e to don ate boxes of sn ack s an d oth er r esou r ces to m u l tipl e LGBT you th cen ter s. Fou n ded in 2014 in Ph il adel ph ia, Pu n k Ou t h as sin ce br idged ou t in to var iou s cities l ik e Ch icago, Detr oit an d even Au stin l en din g its h el pin g h an d an d sh ar in g its vision . M cCar r on h opes to ?l ever age [m u sic an d m u sician s?] power to cr eate a su ppor t n etwor k for teen ager s an d adu l ts wh o iden tify as l esbian , gay,bisexu al , tr an sgen der , tr an ssexu al , qu eer ,qu estion in g, in ter sex, asexu al , al l y,an d/ or pan ssexu al .?


news Th e in die r ock er s k n own as Local Natives h ail fr om Los An gel es, Cal ifor n ia an d ar e k n own wor l dwide th an k s to th eir popu l ar al bu m s ?Gor il l a M an or ? an d ?H u m m in gbir d.? Th eir n ewest al bu m ?Su n l it You th ,? r el eased Septem ber 9, h as been pr aised by Pitch for k , Fader ,NPR, an d m an y m or e. Th ose wh o don ate a sn ack item at th e Local Natives?sh ow wil l be r egister ed to win a copy of ?Su n l it You th ? on vin yl al on g with a sh ir t an d poster al l sign ed by th e ban d.

As fan s an d par tak er s in th e al ter n ative m u sic scen e, th e im por tan ce of th is or gan ization ?s m ission sh ou l d be som eth in g we al l tak e in to con sider ation . I bel ieve th e m u sic scen e is on e wh er e an y an d ever y per son sh ou l d be abl e to feel l ik e th eir tr u est sel f an d m or e im por tan tl y,accepted for wh o th at per son is. Pu n k Ou t en cou r ages al l per son s con sider in g vol u n teer in g to appl y an d cou r teou sl y accept an y don ation s (visit www.pu n k ou t.or g for m or e in for m ation on th e or gan ization ). If you ?r e goin g ou t to see Local Natives on W edn esday,don ?t for get to don ate a sn ack ! Even if it?s ju st a few fig n ewton s. Fig n ewton s ar e pu n k r ock .


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PROJECT PABST COMes To PHil l Y W H EN I fir st saw th e em ail th at Pr oject Pabst wou l d be m oved in side du e to in cl em en t weath er ,I was wor r ied. Last tim e I was at th e El ectr ic Factor y,th e pl ace was pack ed l ik e sar din es an d I was for ced to watch th e ar tist fr om th e con cession stan d. Cer tain l y,th e sam e cou l d be expected for th is l in eu p: h om etown h er oes, Beach Sl an g an d H op Al on g; cr itics?dar l in gs, M ac DeM ar co an d An im al Col l ective; an d th e ditch -you r -job-an d-star t-a-ban d l egen d, Rober t Pol l ar d as Gu ided by Voices.

I was su r pr ised wh en I ar r ived to a h al f fu l l El ectr ic Factor y with a par k in g l ot con ver ted in to an ou tside bar an d ar cade with ten ts to stop th e dr ear y weath er. Th e r ain didn ?t seem to im pede an ybody?s gam e of Con tr a or con ver sation over a City W ide, bu t it cer tain l y affected th e n u m ber of festival atten dees. I sh r u gged it off an d h eaded in to th e ven u e, k n owin g I?d be cl oser to th e stage becau se of it.

Th e fir st ban d I saw was Beach Sl an g, days away fr om tou r in g off th eir secon d al bu m in as m an y year s, ?A Lou d Bash of Teen age Feel in g.?

Th e ban d open ed with a ch oice sel ection of th eir sign atu r e Repl acem en ts-in spir ed sou n d, an d as th e son g fin ish es l ead sin ger Jam es Al ex l ets th e cr owd k n ow, ?W e ar e Beach Sl an g, an d we cam e to pu n ch you r igh t in th e h ear t.? Th e set was fu l l of en er gy an d ol d-sch ool -r ock swagger ,with Al ex pu l l in g Town sh en d win dm il l s an d l ettin g ou t scr eam s at ever y oppor tu n ity given . As u su al , fr on tm an Al ex is th e star of th e sh ow, br in gin g back som e en er gy to wh at appear s to be a cr owd, eith er down on th e weath er or tir ed fr om dr in k in g for th r ee h ou r s.


news Never str an ger s to a cover son g, Beach Sl an g decided to br eak ou t th e Cu r e cl assic ?Ju st Lik e H eaven ? towar ds th e en d of th e set. It str u ck a bal an ce between th e or igin al an d Din osau r Jr.?s scr eam l aden ver sion , a sweet spot I n ever k n ew I n eeded to h ear.

At th e sets con cl u sion , I was l eft so en am or ed an d im pr essed by Al ex?s per for m an ce; I bar el y n oticed th e m an on stage wh o was cl osest to m e, l ead gu itar ist Ru ben Gal l ego.

On Tu esday of th e fol l owin g week , n ews br ok e th at Gal l ego h ad been k ick ed ou t of th e ban d du e to accu sation s of sexu al assau l t. Gal l ego h as been on th e r ecor d agr eein g with Al ex an d com pan y?s decision for th e dism issal . It r em ain s a stu n n in g r em in der to m e th at th e r eal ities of pr ivil ege ar e often h idin g in pl ain sigh t.

Fol l owin g Beach Sl an g wer e Gu ided By Voices. Ever y ban d th at gr aced th e stage fr om Beach Sl an g on ack n owl edged th e in fl u en ce of Pol l ar d?s ban d, an d th eir fan base r em ain s r el ativel y n ich e bu t exu ber an tl y passion ate. I?m a casu al fan , wh ich m ean s I k n ew a sm al l por tion of th e m ater ial th r ou gh ou t th e 22-son g, on e h ou r set. As for th e fan s wh o cou l d sin g ever y wor d, th ey seem ed to gr avitate towar d th e cen ter of th e fl oor u n til th eir excitem en t cou l d n ot be con tain ed; th eir l ove for Pol l ar d?s pr ol ific ou tpu t was m ade k n own by th e swar m of bal d spots an d 20-som eth in gs th at began m osh in g in th e cen ter of th e cr owd. Th ey h u n g on to Pol l ar ds' ever y m ovem en t an d wor d, sh ou tin g ch eer s wh en h e open ed a beer fr om a cool er h e br ou gh t on stage or spil l in g th eir own dr in k at th e th e an n ou n cem en t of an ESP Oh io cover. It was th e gr eatest excitem en t of th e day,cu l m in atin g in dads cr owd su r fin g du r in g ?Th e Gol dh ear t M ou n tain top Qu een Dir ector y.? At th e set?s con cl u sion an exodu s of fan s sk ewed th e m ean age by 10 year s, an d I fou n d m y way to th e fr on t for M ac DeM ar co.

M ac DeM ar co an d h is ban d ar e goofy. Th er e is n o gettin g ar ou n d th at. W h en th ey fir st tak e th e stage each m an car r ies an an im ated pl astic sk el eton an d pl aces it on an am p or n ext to th e speak er.


news Du r in g an el on gated sou n dch eck , DeM ar co an d fel l ow gu itar ist An dy W h ite tr aded m ic-ch eck ph r ases to see wh o cou l d m ak e th e cr owd l au gh m or e. It was a n eeded distr action for th e 15-pl u s m in u tes spen t per fectin g in str u m en t l evel s, th e fin al few of wh ich l eft th e cr owd u n r u l y.

For tu n atel y,an y sen tim en t of il l -wil l towar d th e sou n d m ixer s qu ick l y van ish ed on ce th e ban d star ted in to th eir fir st son g, ?Th e W ay You ?d Love H er.? DeM ar co is cer tain l y on e th at u n der stan ds th e im pact of au dien ce in ter action . Sh ou l d you br in g a h at to th e sh ow an d th r ow it on stage, DeM ar co is su r e to pu t it on for a son g or two.

Th e tigh t set tim e cou pl ed with sou n dch eck l eft n o r oom for der ivation fr om th e setl ist, bu t th e ban d stil l m an aged to an swer qu estion s an d pack in an exten ded cl oser in cr owd favor ite ?Stil l Togeth er ,? com pl ete with stage dive an d a gu itar sol o th at l asted as l on g as an y son g th ey pl ayed pr ior. Th ou gh som e ar den t DeM ar co fan s su r r ou n din g m e seem ed m iffed by th e sh or t set, I fou n d it a per fect pr im er for th e fin al two acts.

Now fir m l y stan din g at th e fr on t of th e cr owd, I was n ot r eady to sacr ifice m y spot for an y con cession s befor e H op Al on g took th e stage. M er e h ou r s after r etu r n in g fr om a tou r open in g for Bu il t to Spil l , H op Al on g began th eir set with Fr an ces Qu in l an tak in g th e stage al on e with an acou stic gu itar to per for m ?H appy to See M e,? a tr ack off of l ast year s stel l ar ?Pain ted Sh u t.? It ser ved as a power fu l open er ; Qu in l an ?s u n iqu e voice r an g th r ou gh th e ven u e, each sl igh t im per fection an d scr eam h an gin g in air , M ac DeM ar co con ver tin g an y sk eptics in th e cr owd to ou tr igh t fan s. Fr om th er e th e r est of th e ban d join ed in for yet an oth er set th at h ad to be sh or ten ed by stage tim es.


news Qu in l an cr afts stor ies in h er l yr ics, wh ich differ ed fr om th e pr eviou s acts wh o cou l d be descr ibed as equ al par ts cel ebr atin g an d cr itiqu in g gu itar -r ock cl ich es. Th is, com bin ed with Qu in l an ?s cr oon weigh in g h eavy in th e m ix, pr odu ced an atten tive cr owd th at sl owl y gave in to th e tu n es?gr oove. Th at is to say n oth in g of th e ban d, wh ich pl ayed l ik e a wel l oil ed m ach in e.

Qu in l an ?s br oth er M ar k an d bassist Tyl er Lon g n ever m issed a beat in th e r h yth m section , wh il e Qu in l an an d l ead gu itar ist Joe Rein h ar t fol l owed in th e styl istic footsteps of tou r m ate Dou g Fr an cis Qu in l an M ar tsch . Th e ban d k n ows th ese son gs wel l , even wh en th ey did a m en acin g cover of th e W eek n d?s 2015 h it ?Th e H il l s.? It al l m ade for wh at I con sider ed th e best set of th e day.

If you h ave n ot h ad th e ch an ce to see H op Al on g yet, you sh ou l d tak e advan tage of th em bein g back in city. Local sh ows ar e bou n d to pop u p in th e com in g m on th s, an d th ey wil l cer tain l y be wor th it.

Th e day?s cl osin g act was both th e festival ?s l ar gest dr aw an d str an gest act, An im al Col l ective. Th e stage, wh ich h ad been bar e bon es for th e en tir ety of th e day,began to fil l with stage pr ops: a n ew back dr op, a cu bist statu e, an d two-dim en sion al eyebal l s h an gin g fr om th e r after s. Gon e wer e th e gu itar s th at h ad r u l ed th e day. In th eir pl ace stood th r ee el ectr on ic r igs with dr u m m ach in es an d syn th s gal or e. Th e on l y tr adition al in str u m en t th at su r vived th e switch over was th e dr u m k it.


news An im al Col l ective br ou gh t in th e l ar gest cr owd of th e n igh t, an d fr om th e fir st son g it becam e cl ear th at th e fan s cam e to dan ce. Th e son gs m er ged togeth er as th e Bal tim or e gr ou p seam l essl y tr an sition ed fr om n ew m ater ial to tu n es fr om th eir m ost r ever ed al bu m , ?M er r iweath er Post Pavil ion .? Th e cr owd er u pted in a dr u n k en pl easu r e, on e th at th is wr iter was too sober to par tak e in .

As with al l festival s, th e tim e even tu al l y cam e wh en th e n eed to witn ess th e ban d was ou tweigh ed by th e n eed to r etu r n h om e. Abou t h al fway th r ou gh th e set th e witch in g h ou r cam e, an d I took an Uber r ide h om e. For an in au gu r al edition m et with l ess th an ideal weath er ,I m u st say Pr oject Pabst Citywide Festival was a su ccess. Th e ban ds wer e car efu l l y pick ed for a diver se m ix of l ocal tal en t an d establ ish ed acts, an d I wil l defin itel y be r etu r n in g n ext year sh ou l d th e cal iber of th e l in eu p r em ain .

An im al Col l ective cl oses ou t th e n igh t

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Poetry Col d win d br eak s An d I?m soon to At du sk , In step I m ove. Keepin g pace with a m el ody On l y k n own to m e. A gl ow il l u m in ates faces in m y h ear t an d at m y side Fr igid featu r es wr apped in cl oth , bu t wh at h ol ds h eat l ik e a fl am e abou t to catch ? To l igh t th e way or spr ead l ik e wil dfir e, r isin g stil l . On th e bou l evar d wh er e I stan d, An in ter section of in n ocen ce an d devotion . Life?s m ean in g m et h er e, wh at we al l seek . In th e stor efr on t win dow, A str an ger ?s face l ook s l ik e m e Lock ed in gl ass, sh e h as th e an swer. W ith each visit sh e becom es m or e fam il iar Til l sh e?s n o str an ger at al l


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Poetry 3x th e Size of th e Ear th I fou gh t to k eep m y h eavy-l idded eyes fr om sh u ttin g an d fou n d m ysel f in a pin n ed-to-th e-wal l par al ysis, n oth in g bu t absin th e fl owin g th r ou gh m y th in viol et vein s. I qu en ch ed m y th ir st with a few dr ops of h is ch er r y bal m l ips an d th ou gh t h ow a bite of h is Adam ?s appl e wou l d m ak e for a good m eal . En din g m y h u n ger on an an cien t yel l ow cou ch , m y M on k on h is h ol y day br ou gh t m e down to a n ew pavem en t-l evel per spective? we?r e goin g n owh er e. H ow sl ow al l of a su dden , h ow sweet. H e h as h is l eg tied to m in e an d h e?s goin g to ju m p soon .


Poetry I. Th er e was a patch of dir t in m y back yar d su r r ou n ded by con cr ete, with a sin gl e tr ee gr owin g in it. I m ade it m y gar den , an d scr aped away th e gr ou n d in th e m u ggy h eat of l ate spr in g to r ich en th e cl ay with dar k en ed com post. II. I spen t l ast fal l in th e Bl u e Ridge M ou n tain s, ch asin g a gir l with l ove on m y l ips, an d m e at h er m er cy. I r em em ber th e m oon , an d th e peace l il ies sh e k ept in h er win dowsil l . Sh e wan ted a r in g th at I cou l dn ?t give h er , so I tu r n ed away as fate gr in n ed, an d sh e fou n d a m an wh o cou l d. On h er door step at 4 AM with cocain e in h is n ose, an d a gu n on h is h ip, h e al m ost l et th e pol ice r u in th eir l ove stor y.


Poetry III. In th e Piedm on t, I pl aced m y sedge gr ass two feet sou th of th e tr ee. Fu l l to par tial su n seem s to do th e tr ick . Dwar f ir is to th e n or th , th ey l ik e th e sh ade. Th e Gol den r od seedl in gs n ever m ade it, bu t th e Foam fl ower s l ook n ice in th eir pl ace. IV. It was a fu l l m oon l ast week en d. I sat on th e tr ash -pick ed ben ch in m y gar den as I br ok e in to a six pack . Th e per en n ial s wan ed in th e au tu m n air , an d I won der ed if I h ad ever seen peace l il ies gr ow ou tside.


Poetry Two M on th s Au gu st cam e th at year with a sh u dder an d a sigh th at l eft m e r eel in g. W h en you defin e m on th s with ?con tin u e,? even th eir n ecessar y passin g gr ows h ar sh . Sh e is n ot th e fir st per son I?ve l oved, bu t sh e is th e secon d. M y sh eets ar e dir ty wh en I wr ite abou t h er ,bu t sh e al ways sl eeps in th em an yway. I tou ch h er in apol ogy for th e tim es I did n ot. I gave u p on God at sixteen an d scien ce by twen ty bu t I fin d r eason in th e vein s I can see th r ou gh h er por cel ain sk in an d m ir acl es in th e bl ood th at fl ows th r ou gh th em . W ith h er ?bel ieve? n o l on ger feel s l ik e an adm ission of gu il t. Septem ber passed with ou t m y con sen t an d su dden l y sh e was h er e sh ou tin g ?faith ? l ik e I m igh t be capabl e of h avin g it.


Poetry Pil l Popper I bu r n ed a h ol e In th e sol e of m y Adidas Gr ey an d over power in gl y m u sty Fr om a th ou san d h ou r s of abu se An d dil ated pu pil s Fixated on tom bston es You stood beyon d th e gate Doe-eyed an d m otion l ess In foggy h eadl am ps Th at sen t waves of oxycodon e To th e n eu r on s In m y br ain I didn 't feel th e spoil ed h an d Gr ab m y an k l e Th e body r ecen tl y bu r ied By you r l ack of em path y Un wittin g to r etu r n For yet an oth er secon d l ife It's a fu n n y th in g W h en th er e is n o jok e No sm ok e to wh isk you away An d pr eten d Th at r eal ity wasn 't Al l th at r eal


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Poetry H or izon Lin es W h en bel ow or above was so cr isp you cou l d see th e cr ease l in es con den sate th is ocean between you an d n oth in g an d ever yth in g is th er e pr essin g ou t you r ch est th en gu idin g it back to th e equ il ibr iu m you becom e wh en ch aos sh ar pen ed sk el etal fr agm en ts in to ech oes )))))))))))))pu l sin g(((((((((((((( u n fath om abl e l or e seizin g ton gu es ch asin g sm ok e in to excavated sk y I, n o, n o! W e ar e th e cu r ve of r u sted titan iu m er odin g u n der cl iff cr u m bl in g bir d son gs M y wal l s decay l ik e Am er ica in to ivy scr ol l s


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Poetry Rom an tics La Bel l e Dam e wr ote a post on Facebook abou t Keats at 2am An d Cosm o cover ed it in th e m or n in g Sh e r ead it on th e toil et W h il e sh e was stil l gettin g over h er h an gover Lik e wh en Tayl or wr ote a son g abou t H ar r y An d H ar r y wr ote a son g abou t Tayl or An d m y ex gir l fr ien d wr ote an ar ticl e abou t m e in Th e Tr ian gl e Som etim es I l ik e to see h ow fast I can scar f down a cr oissan t Let th e cr u m bs fal l on m y sh ir t In Ou r Cor n er of Star bu ck s I took m y sh oes off an d sat Cr iss cr oss in fr on t of you Leafin g th r ou gh you r m an u scr ipt W h il e a h om el ess m an sipped h is fr ee water W e ju st wan t to l ive La Vie Boh em e Bu t with 60 dol l ar sh oes fr om Ur ban Ou tfitter s Th at l ook l ik e we fou n d th em in a du m pster


Poetry ?Date a gir l wh o r eads? You tol d m e n ext tim e I go in th e u sed book stor e I h ave to bu y a book I can ?t l ive with ou t As you pick ed u p an An ar ch ist M an ifesto an d ?Or ien tal M yth ol ogy? I wal k ed to you r apar tm en t in th e r ain W ith m y u m br el l a tu r n ed in side ou t Expectin g you to pick m e u p l ik e Noah pick ed u p Al l y Bu t th en you wr ote m e a son g on you r bass gu itar Th at I cou l dn ?t h ear u n l ess I h el d th e ph on e to m y ear An d I fel l asl eep to th e Facetim e m essage I can see th e car s ben eath m e W h en I l ook over th e edge Bu t I can ?t tip m ysel f over An d you can ?t stay stil l


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STARS AND ASHES Deep in th e ver y essen ce of you r bein g, th er e is a feel in g of a pu zzl e piece th at was for ced to fit wh er e it doesn ?t bel on g. You open you r eyes an d im m ediatel y k n ow th at som eth in g is am iss. Th er e ar e n o al ar m s or fl ash in g l igh ts or an yth in g el se to in dicate you r im pen din g dem ise, on l y th e el u sive feel in g of gen er al discor d. Above you r bed, you watch star s m ove acr oss th e gl ass ceil in g as you r star sh ip gl ides acr oss th e open vastn ess of space. It h as been six year s, on e m on th , an d two days sin ce you l eft. You cl ose you r eyes an d tr y to r em em ber h om e; it?s n ot som eth in g th at you l et you r sel f do often . Between th e r ol l in g h u m s of th e sh ip, you h ear th e sou n ds of you r past: l au gh ter ,sh ou ts, scr eam s, tear s. You dwel l on each as th ey pass th r ou gh you r m in d, each n oise vibr atin g l ik e th e str in gs of a gu itar. Th e vibr ation s of sou n d m ak e way to th e sigh ts of you r past. * Th e col or s ar e wh at you n otice fir st. Th e dar k s on th e back of you r eyel ids gr oan in to deep h u es of bl u es an d pu r pl es u n til fin al l y th ey r each a th r esh ol d an d expl ode with th e br igh t yel l ows an d gr een s th at th ey h el d in side. W ith in a few m om en ts, th ey defin e th em sel ves in to patter n s an d sh apes th at avoid r ecogn ition . You r m in d wan der s am on g th em . It was a qu iet l ife back on you r h om e pl an et. You r par en ts al ways did wh at th ey cou l d to pr ovide for you an d you can n ot br in g you r sel f to be u pset with th em for th e way th at th in gs tu r n ed ou t. You fin d you r sel f im agin in g a specific day fr om al m ost as ear l y as you can r em em ber. It?s a sim pl e m em or y,bu t it h as al ways stu ck with you . You ar e sittin g h al fway u p th e stair case, star in g ou t on to th e r oom . You ar e al on e bu t you r em em ber l ook in g at th e win dow on th e opposite wal l an d seein g th e way th at th e l igh t pou r s th r ou gh th e bl in ds an d sail s acr oss th e fl oor bel ow. Th e du st par ticl es swin g th r ou gh th e air.


Fiction Each speck of existen ce com es in to cl ar ity. Th e gr ain s of th e fl oor textu r e l in k togeth er in r epeatin g ch ain s an d th e du st in th e air settl es in to th em seam l essl y. Th e du st r ain s down l ik e sn ow on a su n n y day. W ith a gr ey-pu r pl e sk y above, th e sn ow tr ick l es down in str eam s th at ar e both fast an d sl ow. You star e at a sn owfl ak e an d it speeds u p an d sh oots acr oss th e open air l ik e a fal l in g star ,bu t wh en you tak e in th e en tir e settin g it sl ows down to a l on g an d l on el y dr ol l . Cr ystal s of bl u e an d pu r pl e r otate in fr on t of a du l l for est scen e of gr een an d br own . Lik e a spin n in g top m ade of diam on d on a gl ass tabl e, th e sn ow sways back an d for th in r epetitive m otion s. Th ey r each ou t Th eir h an ds to catch th e sn ow in Th eir open pal m s. Beh in d th e static of th e air ,you see a figu r e of you r sel f r u n n in g th r ou gh th e for est, weavin g in an d ou t. You r em em ber th is day wel l . You ar e r u n n in g weigh tl essl y as bl u r r ed sh apes of tr ees speed past you on both sides. You ar e n ot fl eein g fr om som eth in g, n or ar e you tr yin g to get to an ywh er e. You r path tak es you in wide ar cin g cir cl es th at n ever r eal l y l ead to an yth in g. Th e tr odden sn ow u n der n eath h as fl atten ed in to a r efl ective m ir r or wh ich sh im m er s back at you with ever y col or of th e r ain bow. You r u n al on g th is spectr u m of gr ou n d an d l au gh at th e sim pl icity of it al l . Th er e is a m om en t in wh ich ever yth in g u p u n til th is poin t com es togeth er an d m ak es sen se: it was m ean t to be th is way. In a ser ies of fl ash in g pictu r es, you r em em ber wh at com es n ext. Th e sn ow, th e sk y,th e cl ou ds, th e pl u m es of sm ok e, th e sm el l of ash , th e sou n d of th e r oof cavin g in on you r ch il dh ood h om e. Th e sil en ce th at fol l owed. Th e gen tl e tou ch of Th eir h an d on you r ch eek . Th e star s cam e ou t th at n igh t in a way th at th ey n ever h ad befor e. Lik e a cel estial au dien ce to you r tr agedy,th e star s gawk ed an d bor e witn ess as you r dr y tear s n ever fel l an d you r sil en t scr eam s n ever br ok e ou t.


Fiction Em otion s an d en er gy bottl e u p u n til it m ak es you ph ysical l y war m . Th e h eat r adiates th r ou gh you r sk in , each cel l a separ ate ven t for th e exh au st of you r passion . Th e pr essu r e bu il ds u n til you feel you r sel f star t to fr actu r e an d cr ack . In side you r h ou se, you fin d th e m ir r or in wh at is l eft of you r par en ts?r oom . W ar ped fr om th e h eat, th e m ir r or r efl ects th e cr ack s in you on its gl ass. You star e at you r r efl ection an d th e r efl ection star es th r ou gh you . In side you r eyes, you see th e gal axy of you r existen ce tr apped in a tin y gl ass sph er e. Th e gal axy spin s in sl ow m ean in gfu l cir cl es, as if tr yin g to fin d m ean in g in itsel f. Th ey n ever fou n d ou t wh at star ted th e fir e. It seem ed l ik e a fl u k e, a fl aw, a r esu l t of an in descr ibabl e ser ies of im possibl e even ts. Som eth in g so sim pl e as a spar k , a tin y em ber ,a fl ak e of en er gy th at cou l d cau se a ch ain r eaction . Lik e a dr op of bl ood fal l en in to water ,it spr eads ou t its wispy ten dr il s in ever y dir ection u n til it h as fil l ed its con tain er. You r l ife is in an odd ch am ber of m isdir ection an d it is im possibl e to distin gu ish wh ich way is u p. You ar e in too m an y pl aces at on ce, bu t Th ey seem ed to h ave fol l owed you to al l of th em . Lik e a com pass in th e dar k , a h an d r each es ou t an d gr abs you . It h as al ways been Th em . It m ak es sen se, of cou r se. Lik e a book on a sh el f th at you k eep goin g back to, each page is a differ en t face th at you pu t on . Bu t Th ey,Th ey h ave r ead you r book fr om cover to cover an d k n ow th e best par ts by h ear t. Th e spin e is br ok en an d cr eased bu t each page is cr isp fr om bein g tou ch ed so gen tl y. Even n ow, as th e pages of you r l ife h ave fal l en an d scatter ed over th e fl oor ,Th ey pick u p each page an d ar r an ge th em . Lik e differ en t fil ter scr een s, on ce l in ed u p Th ey see th r ou gh th em per fectl y an d in th at m om en t you ar e absol u tel y n ak ed befor e Th eir star e. Lik e a m ou n tain in th e val l ey,Th ey stan d u n yiel din g in you r defen se, waitin g. You tak e you r tim e, r el ish in g in th e san ctu ar y th at is Th eir em br ace. W eak en ed, Th ey cr adl e you l ik e a seed in Th eir h an ds an d pl an t you in to th e war m soil , th en wait for you to bl oom . In side th e dar k soil , you r m in d sl eeps.


Fiction Th e dr eam s ar e col d an d u n yiel din g. Str in gs in ter twin e ar ou n d you r body,each pu l l in g you in a differ en t dir ection or tr yin g to h ol d you down . In a m om en t of stil l r efl ection , a decision waits to be m ade. W ith gr acefu l cu ts, you ch oose wh ich str in gs to br eak an d wh ich to fol l ow. Each br eak pu l l s you in th e opposite dir ection in a sh ar p an d su dden pain fu l r em in der of wh at you h ave ju st l ost. Th e l oss gath er s itsel f an d th e fal l en str in gs twin e togeth er. On ce com pl eted, th e em ptin ess wh ich you h ave ju st cr eated sol idifies in to th is bal l of yar n wh ich you h ol d in you r h an ds. In a sin gl e m om en t, you l et it r ol l ou t of you r m in d; you do n ot h ave th e en er gy to th r ow it n or to destr oy it bu t you k n ow k eepin g it in you r pock et wou l d in tu r n destr oy you . It is in th is m om en t th at tim e seem s ir r el evan t to you . It fl ows for war d an d back at m ean in gl ess speeds an d you can n ot br in g you r sel f to join back in to th e fl ow. You stop an d star e as th in gs r u sh by in qu ick bl u r s or dan ce a sl ow wal tz in th e per iph er al of you r eye. In wide ar cin g cir cl es, th e win dstor m of tim e ch ases itsel f. It fl ows for war d an d back seam l essl y,with ou t h esitation , even wh en passin g th r ou gh itsel f. Th ey sin k Th eir h an d in to th e cl ou d an d m u ddy th e water in Th eir m otion . Pl u m es en cir cl e th e h an d with ou t effor t an d fl ow u n in ter r u pted in th eir jou r n ey. It m ak es sen se wh en you obser ve it; ever yth in g does. Lik e th e su n can see an en tir e m ou n tain r an ge at on ce, so too do you see th e path th at you r l ife h as tak en . Each m ou n tain top a pictu r e, each r ol l in g sl ope a page fr om a book , each can yon a th ick cl oth th at was n ever u sed. W ith per spective, th e m ou n tain r an ge is beau tifu l in its own way. Br igh t an d col or fu l wh il e bein g dar k en ed an d con tem pl atin g. Ever yth in g com es in to con text wh en you ar e abl e to pl ace th em on th eir r espective m ou n tain s. On each h il l , Th ey stan d. Som etim es Th ey sit an d watch , som etim es Th ey r u n an d expl or e; m ost tim es Th ey ju st stan d. Th ey k n ow each page of you r book becau se Th ey h ave al ways been with you in th e wr itin gs.


Fiction W ith each sen ten ce th at is wr itten , th e in fin ite possibil ities of wor ds n ar r ow th em sel ves down in to wh at was al ways m ean t to be th er e. A bl an k page h ol ds th e en tir ety of existen ce on itsel f at an y given poin t, an d by pu ttin g th ese wor ds on you r page you ar e r each in g in to in fin ity an d pu l l in g ou t a sin gl e sn ippet to cal l you r own . Th is is n ot a bad th in g. You h ave al ways don e it, bu t you k n ow th at with each page you col l ect, even tu al l y th e book wil l be fu l l an d th e cover wil l com e to a cl ose. It?s an odd th in g to be in l ove. Love is a differ en t type of exper ien ce becau se it is h ar der to iden tify fr om a sin gl e exposu r e. Un l ik e th e col or of you r h air ,or th e sou n d of you r voice, you wil l n ever be abl e to iden tify l ove wh en you m eet it. It ch ooses to r em ain an on ym ou s. You m u st spen d tim e with Th em to see wh at l ove is. Th e ch an ges it m ak es ar e n ot ou twar d bu t r ath er in tr ospective. You pu t you r ear to th e wal l on sever al differ en t pl aces an d tr y to k n ow wh at col or th e oth er side is by th e sou n ds you h ear. W ith each m om en t you give an d each page you r ead, you begin to pu t togeth er th e im age. At fir st, you ar e n ot su r e th at th er e is an yth in g at al l . Bu t l ik e pu zzl e pieces fal l in g fr om th e box, th ey wil l n ever ar r an ge th em sel ves with ou t a h an d. Even n ow, as th e im age com es togeth er ,a scen e of r ol l in g m ou n tain s with cl ou ds above an d a for est bel ow, you ar e u n su r e. Th e r oad th r ou gh th e pain tin g is sm al l an d win din g, an d fal l s ou t of sigh t at tim es. You wan t to go down an d expl or e th e r oad for an an swer ,bu t you al r eady m ade a decision . You h ave a pr om ise to k eep, a str in g to fol l ow. You r eal ize th at th e r oad is n ot so im por tan t after al l , bu t r ath er th e h an d th at you h ol d as you wal k al on g it. A pr om ise bou n d by gol d to al ways fin d you r way back stan ds th e test of r em em br an ce. You r m em or ies ar e cl ear bu t you wish you cou l d h ave th e capacity to r em em ber th em al l at on ce. Th ey com e an d go in fr agm en ts th at ar e n ot al ways in th e r igh t or der ,bu t it does n ot m atter. Th e or der in wh ich an yth in g occu r s is ir r el evan t to th e state in wh ich th ey h appen . You over l ook th e r oad an d tak e in as m u ch as you can in th is sh or t am ou n t of tim e th at you h ave been al l owed. Each l ayer of pain t h ol ds a differ en t m om en t.


Fiction You wan t n oth in g m or e th an to br eak th r ou gh th e l ayer s an d see wh at is on th e oth er side. To br in g ever yth in g togeth er an d bin d th em . To m ak e sen se of it al l . To br in g it in to a con text su ch th at n ot a sin gl e page of it m atter s yet ever y wor d h ol ds th e m ean in g of existen ce. Th ese r u sh in g th ou gh ts h ave al ways been th er e. Th ey u sed to k eep you awak e as a ch il d wh en you wer e l ayin g with you r eyes cl osed. It is odd th at th ey h ave fol l owed you to th is poin t. You tak e Th eir h an d on ce m or e an d h ol d tigh t. Th e m ou n tain s fal l an d th e cl ou ds r efl ect th e col or of th e settin g su n . Th e win dstor m settl es an d th e r ol l in g bal l of yar n h as fin al l y u n r avel ed an d a sin gl e fl ower bl oom s. Th e sn ow h as stopped fal l in g in th e for est an d you get u p to cl ose th e bl in ds on th e win dow. * Th e su n r ise war m s th e fr on t of you r cl osed eyel ids. You open th em with a ten der th ou gh tfu l n ess an d catch th e ver y begin n in g of th e su n en ter in g th e win dow above. You watch th e l igh t sl owl y pou r in an d fil l th e r oom an d k n ow th at Th ey ar e watch in g it too. You h aven ?t gotten m u ch sl eep bu t th at?s n ot a bad th in g. You tu r n you r h ead an d star e at th e r efl ective can ister beside you . Th e ash es in side h ol d m an y m em or ies. You can n ot br in g you r sel f to l et th em r ol l off of you r m in d. It h as been over six year s an d Th ey ar e stil l with you . Th e jou r n ey wil l be over soon an d you wil l be abl e to l eave th e sh ip befor e you k n ow it. You ju st wish th at you cou l d h ol d Th eir h an d in you r s on e l ast tim e.


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