Rose Maloukis | WE CANNOT LIVE WITH RELENTLESS UGLY

we cannot live with relentless ugly……….sustain the injury those images follow us into nights’ labyrinths crevices mud and monotone scumble they wound us ………………………..biographies’ broken spines ………………………..stacked in a diorama we see ………………………..above and below the ground ………………………..a double fugue…..a small seed ………………………..is trying to grow……..into beauty we’re missing something tell us where it turns…….to…

Want to keep Reading?

Already a subscriber? Sign in below.

TABLE OF CONTENT

POETRY

Veronique Synnott — THE MAKING OF A RELATIONSHIP
Kelly Norah Drukker — BASEMENT/CLEARING
Jeffrey Mackie — MACHINES
Meredith Darling — PHOTO BOMBS FOR DUMB FAMILY
Susan McMaster — A FAMILIAR DREAM NUDGES
Vanessa McCuaig — EVERY NIGHT, IN OUR DREAMS
Cara Nelissen — MORNING
Justin Timbol — 22:22
Julie Paul — MAYBE IT WAS THE GRASS-FED BUTTER
Richard C. Owens — ANIMA
Colleen Russett — PHANTASM
Debra Bennett — THROAT SONGS AT MIDNIGHT
Guy Elston — THE DREAM HISTORIAN’S DREAM
Rose Cullis — A NIGHTMARE IS A WEASEL
Tanis MacDonald — BESIDE
Ellie Chartier — THE BEDROOM
Catherine Graham — LAST SHADOW
Jan Jorgensen — INCUBUS
Charlene Kwiatkowski — ROUND AND ROUND IT GOES
Neil Garvie — ESCAPE FROM AMBIGUITY
Hana Woodbridge — OUR THIN PLACE
Jeremy Desjarlais — FOR ROTHKO, FOR LONDON
Elana Wolff — IF YOUR DREAMS ARE ENDING
Rose Maloukis — WE CANNOT LIVE WITH RELENTLESS UGLY
Misha Solomon — OPEN YOUR MIND
Léa Taranto — LOST
Colin Robertson — THE MOON
Frank Klaassen — STRUMMING MEMORY
Khashayar “Kess” Mohammadi — A SERIES OF EXORCISMS
Darian Razdar — NEST
Erin Wilson — INVENTION
Angeline Schellenberg — CAUGHT
Shane Molyneaux — COMA
Alden Wallace — COUSIN MAC
Samantha Martin-Bird — MISHIPESHU
Kevin Irie — PERCHANCE TO DREAM
Natalie Podaima — FURNITURE
Ben Robinson — DREAM HOME
Trish Salah — PROCEDURES FOR TURNING

2022 Vallum Poetry Award***

Jasmine Gui, Winner — RESURGENT ARTEFACTS
Emilie Lafleur, Finalist — DISTANCE

Interview***

Jake Byrne — DREAM OF ME AS WATER: Catching up with David Ly

REVIEWS***

Bill Neumire — Review of The Most Charming Creatures By Gary Barwin
Patrick Connors — Review of The Quiet in Me by Patrick Lane
Tara McGowan-Ross — Review of Trailer Park Shakes by Justene Dion-Glowa

ART

All images from the series “Of daydreams and nightmares,” © 2023 Luce Hua ***

***Select excerpts of 20:1 can be read online for free. To read the entire issue, purchase a subscription or a single issue.