by chancellor page
The storm drove all suicides to the shore
to welcome the boat toppling up and over waves,
a silhouette on currents rolling open in a bruised and liquid smear.
They arrived together, two travelers
forever discovering the axis of sound, touch, taste,
opening themselves up separate but drawn to,
one veiled, one crying out, renewed
and split apart again, arriving on the sand
wed in blood and wonder.
Chancellor Page was born on an Army base in Newport News, Virginia. He is a graduate of UT Austin, where he studied English and Philosophy. He trained with Dennis Congdon, Michael Young and Donna Bruton at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received an MFA in Painting and Printmaking. He teaches drawing and painting at a small college in Dallas, Texas, and has poems previously published in Chronogram and Offshoot magazines.
Art by Michelle Johnsen, art editor
Michelle Johnsen is a nature and portrait photographer in Lancaster, PA, as well as an amateur herbalist and naturalist. Her work has been featured by It’s Modern Art, Susquehanna Style magazine, Permaculture Activist magazine, EcoWatch.com, EarthFirst! Journal, Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, and used as album art for Grandma Shake!, Anna & Elizabeth, and Liz Fulmer Music. Michelle’s photos have also been stolen by AP, weather.com, The Daily Mail, and Lancaster Newspapers. You can contact her at mjphoto717 [at] gmail.com.