We proudly present the inaugural issue of Obra/Artifact, the literary journal of Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas!
Our selected nonfiction writers explore the dichotomies between coastal urban America and its heartland, leave their children’s grief on the pristine beaches beneath the Andes Mountains, and traverse the surreal jungle of a post-modern Thailand. Their fiction counterparts engage in a cycle of life and death as interminable as it is irresistible; their moves through the many stages of a lived journey take us beneath reality’s inherent liminality in a series of incisive flashes. Our first issue concludes in the expanded field and its attendant poesis, where the world recreated in prose collapses in a codified collusion of context and containment. We sincerely hope that you enjoy.
— The Editorial Staff, Obra / Artifact
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Carmella Guiol’s Poetry + Photography
. . .The skyline houses that look down from the redwood hills of the East Bay are not the exclusive preserve of whites, as is often the case in many neo-colonial lands . . .
My aunt, who witnessed her husband Robert being shot to death and escaped only because Walter stopped to reload, has never remarried.
No one, however, will tell you what occurred under Miami in 1929 . . .
Inside, the incense and sanctity go stale. Can a building grieve?
In any case, it serves just as well—if not better—than Western rationalism, which terminates in The Bomb. The mural is roughly the size of France and a bit smaller than Texas.
“We’re going to bury it,” she said. I went back to my rock, lifting my head between paragraphs and plot twists to check on their progress.
. . . use wood to tell the world how you left a shell in the backyard . . .
Cara Murray Cara Murray’s poetry is included in the edited collection “Systemic Crises of Global Climate Change: Intersections of race, class and gender” (Routledge, 2016), has appeared in Platte Valley Review, and is forthcoming in Otoliths and shufPoetry.
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Poesis in pictures from Obra / Artifact, journal of the MFA of the Americas.
Travis Macdonald Kentucky Tennessee Virginia West Virginia Travis Macdonald is the author of two full-length books of procedural poetry – The O Mission Repo [vol.1] (an erasure of The 9/11 Commission Report) and Nostradamus (an Oulipian treatment of Nostradamus’ quatrains) – as well as several chapbooks. In his spare time, he co-edits Fact-Simile Editions … Continue reading Four States from “Concrete Jungle”
No puedo dormir. I have caught the disease . . .
Postmortem Photo #1 – Black Power pick and folded paper . . .
This is what happens behind the postcards: you, as happy as soup in a can . . .