Fall 2020, Volume 29

Poetry by Steve Mueske/Images by Kevin Solie

Beyond Eden

In the deepest part of the inheld breath,
in the dirt that holds the seed: the unripened fear
of a world outside

control. Vined like intaglio
in the imagination, nature’s nature
is to reclaim. So we tame &

channel, tune in, activate, time.
We square off & line, wire & light. Send the blue
spirits frolicking across the miles. To believe

in a world fashioned from the world.
A tree in the image of another, bearing
the fruit of fire.

woman in corner


here in a pocket of light                   a moth is fluttering

                 between states        a caretaker
         of silence      an angel

                                    with a word too terrible
to say

                she guards her history
                                        all the ways

she’s                         been

imagined                   without



all she asks for is
silence                                           the solace

of a few perfect notes of music

                 the haunting in her heart

to be                        named




BIO: Steve Mueske is an electronic musician and the author of a chapbook and two books of poetry. His poems have appeared recently in The Iowa Review, Water~Stone Review, Cream City Review, Verdad, Cold Mountain Review, The Pinch Journal, The Normal School, Jet Fuel Review, and elsewhere..

Kevin Solie is a 30-year veteran of the software engineering industry. Having contributed to a wide range of software applications, Kevin finds digital imaging the most rewarding. When not coding, he pursues his obsession with black and white photography. His work can be found on Instagram @kevinsolie