Visual Art by Michelle Nguyen This series is a work of mixed media that combines photographs printed on acetate and paper collage. By constructing temporary and imaginary monuments within existing spaces, their purposes are to allow one to grasp a better understanding of the correlation between space and place. (click to enlarge images)
“Herd” poem by Kate Radford
Herd poem by Kate Radford I have taken shelter from my kind among slow trees in the glen. Shaded from white cloud-light by waxy leaves – some spined, some smooth – layered in shades of green whittling the weak light to bright points of white. Underneath here is wind and the second-hand rain (a morning’s
“Re-verseing Space/Creating Norma(lcy)” essay by Daniel Swenson
Re-verseing Space/Creating Norma(lcy) essay by Daniel Swenson The 1950s exist in a space of contemporary thought that is stagnant and unchanging in time. The popular American images of poodle skirts, brylcreem, plastic bracelets and aviators reinforce and reward an image of gleaming surface. Heteropatriarchal gender roles were not just mere scripts that people noted
“Keats’s ‘The Eve of St. Agnes:’ A Consumerist Fantasy” essay by Allison Birt
Keats’s “The Eve of St. Agnes”: A Consumerist Fantasy essay by Allison Birt Nineteenth century London witnessed an exponential increase in the number and variety of shops available to its citizens. Goods from Britain’s growing colonial empire and increasingly sophisticated manufacturing sector filled these shops with ready-made luxury items that were very popular among
“forced feels” poem by Emma Wilson
forced feels poem by Emma Wilson peelings on the table must be brushed off with a quick hand and collected by the other. roughness of orange remnants must be scrubbed with equal roughness. calluses scrape the surface, fingernails knead dirt in the kitchen and the garden. * other fingers need my skin to trace the
“In Case of Emergency, Go Out to Sea” photo by Cyrus Sie
“In Case of Emergency, Go Out to Sea” photo by Cyrus Sie Commentary Taken in Beirut, a reminder that sometimes the best plans are the simplest ones.
“What is Possible” poem by Michael Warne
What is Possible poem by Michael Warne Close fall bark. Walking through the woods, I can’t help but wonder: do I make this much sound in the city? Door closing, keys falling, barking. I’m only now noticing the way couch potatoes grow eyes and roots, and how bookworms never crawl.
“Hug” painting by Brianna Klassen
“Hug” painting by Brianna Klassen 2012 acrylic on wood Commentary Two figures locked in an embrace express the fear and acceptance of disconnection.
“The Things Our Mouths Know” poem by Jessica Vugteveen
The Things Our Mouths Know poem by Jessica Vugteveen Samson met Delilah at a party, drunk on wine, after he’d pulled down a temple full of Philistines. He knew her name before he’d asked, another talent from the Lord, and the name opened like a flower on his tongue, De…lie…lah, the petals curling in his
“Oysters” poem by Tara Simonetta
Oysters poem by Tara Simonetta Slimy Slippery Sliding off the half shell into my uncle’s mouth “Tastes like watermelon,” he says As he throws the shell back onto the beach. Scrape Crash Oysters fall into the bucket Barnacles bursting Calcium grinding A knife through the shell “do you want the muscle?” Salty Watermelon of the
“SightSeen” and “TreePower” photos by Stephen Morgan
“SightSeen” Photo by Stephen Morgan f5.6, 13sec, 35mm Location: The Seine River, Paris Commentary Each sightseer’s flash captures one single moment from their bobbing/gliding vantage point to be coveted and exhibited for the envious rubes back home. “TreePower” Double Exposure: Tree (f11, 1/2000, 50mm), Power-tower (f6.3, 1/500, 35mm) Location: Falmer, East Sussex, UK Commentary Fall
“A Well-Made Man” fiction by Katie Coopersmith
A Well-Made Man fiction by Katie Coopersmith Some things about me. Right now, my goal is to have a flat stomach by June 29th, which is the day school gets out. Liz’s stomach is already perfectly flat and she doesn’t even have to do anything to keep it that way. I think about how
“Holiness, Whole-ness and Holes” essay by Stephanie Airth
Holiness, Whole-ness and Holes An Exploration of the Protestant Journey in Book One of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene essay by Stephanie Airth Throughout Book One of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, the Red Cross Knight’s progression from an unproven, proud knight to the “patron of true holinesse” (1.1 Argument) reflects the Protestant journey
“Phylum Chordata” poem by Michael Prior
This work is now accessible only in the print edition, as per the author’s request. You can buy the print edition at our launch parties and ESA events, or send us a quick e-mail request.
“Preface to My Novel” Garden Statutory by Stephen Morgan
Preface to My Novel Garden Statutory by Stephen Morgan (click to enlarge images)
About Our Contributors
Issue 2.1: About Our Contributors Stephanie Airth is a third year English Honours student. Allison Birt is a fourth year student at UBC pursuing a double major in Art History and English Literature. She divides her time between her studies and teaching Pilates and the Franklin Method at the Vancouver Pilates Centre. Allison is interested