No One Can Know

By D.J. Parris

No one can know
how they’ll get

along. No matter
how clean your

house/swollen your
bank account/beautiful

your partner/desperate
your poverty/ancient

your guilt. Can anyone
know how good-

breath hot VA stirs
woodbine the air sugary.

A perfectly sweet
certainty cut awake.

 

 

 

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D.J. Parris has had work in The East Jasmine Review, The Marathon Literary Review, Mackinac Magazine, Yemassee, Tinge and The Rain, Party, Disaster Society and has forthcoming work in The Nomadic Journal. He lives in Aldie Virginia with his wife and son.

Art: “Grove” by Jenny Germann

Jenny Germann’s work is based on locations that hold significance in her life. She uses landscapes to convey experiences, often drawing influence from her travels and daily observations.

She uses a blend of pyrography (woodburning) and painting to express her vision. Pyrography lends a controlled and physically satisfying aspect to the work, whereas the painting is experimental and evocative. She mixes the mediums as a way to communicate her perspective, using making as a form of introspection, and personal expression.
Born in Kansas, Jenny lives and works in Lancaster, PA.  She earned her BFA from the University of Kansas and is getting her MS from Eastern University.  She is married to furniture designer and cabinetmaker Evan Germann and together, they have two (adorable) dogs.