By Deb A.
Agave Magazine's first issue of 2016 is a celebration of vitality that takes shape over a broad range of genres, including poetry, short fiction, memoir, collage, painting and sculpture. It is one of only two issues that will be published this year, and is available in its entirety on our website. (Digital copies will be available in the shop soon.)
Read Agave Magazine Volume 3, Issue 2 now.
Jason Willome (cover artist): Matching Concealed Patterns (The Seam Grows When You're Not Looking) (Art: Painting)
Maria Alvarez: Butterfly Shoes (Literature: Short Fiction)
Charlie Baylis: My Night in Paris (Literature: Poetry)
Kaitlin Botts: Botanica Strange (Photography)
Robin Boyd: The Siberian Flamingo (Literature: Poetry)
Gin Cooley + Max Eremine: A Portrait of Gin Cooley (éclat series) (Photography)
Darren Demaree: Emily As the Sun Lolls Low (Literature: Poetry)
Donna Festa: Woman in Brown (Art: Painting)
Julianne Fuchs-Musgrave: Granlin's Dream (Art: Painting)
Jennifer Garza-Cuen: Detroit, MI (Photography: Feature + Interview)
Danielle Gillespie: What's Measured in Miles and Meters (Literature: Short Fiction)
Mark Goad: Nothing Is As Long (Literature: Poetry)
Karen Havelin: Like I'm Indestructible (Literature: Novel Excerpt)
Marc Janssen: Used Jacket (Literature: Poetry)
Allan Johnston: Exile's Revenge (Literature: Poetry)
Daniel Long: Damsel Fish/Poe's Tales (Photography)
Daniel Long: Oblique Magritte (Photography)
Margaret Morrison: Both Ways (Art: Painting)
Ellen Mueller: Waffles the Horse (Art: Collage)
S.E Nash: Collaborative Microbes (Art: Sculpture)
Yanuary Navarro: A Coyote's Dream (Art: Illustration)
Cory Peeke: A Higher Education: Suits (Art: Collage)
Nirvair Rai: Dhaka Diaries: A Photo Essay on Longing in Dhaka, Bangladesh (Photography: Photo Essay)
David Schaefer: Night Count (Literature: Poetry)
Stanley Solomon: Grandma Siegel and the Flaming Pot (Literature: Memoir)
Elham Tashkandi: Black & White Images (Photography)
Phaedra Taylor: Grizzly Angel (Art: Painting)
Phaedra Taylor: Ingrid and the Nautilus Torch (Art: Painting)
B.A. Varghese: That One Thanksgiving (Literature: Poetry)
Peter Victor: Eliana T. (Photography)
Jessica Vorheis: A Great Light (Art: Painting)
Caroline Walsh: Currents (Art: Painting)
Paul Warren: We All Have Our Demons (Photography)
Anne Whitehouse: Grout Pond (Literature: Poetry)
Georgio Zapadiotti: Between Reality and Fantasy (Photography)
Jane Zich: Cosmic Eruption (Art: Painting)
Emma Zurer: Daughter of the Desert (Art: Collage)
By Deb A.
As spring pushes forward, melting snow and coaxing blossoms into bloom, so do the contributors of our latest issue press against boundaries to bring us into liminal spaces. Their examinations of the quirky in the quotidian often reveal an underlying darkness lurking just below the surface, as in Nicole Lim's cover image "Leave Her Wild": the dried flowers that draw the eye to vulnerable areas against the backdrop of effortless beauty are an elegant introduction to the crucial moments of transition that are concealed within our daily lives but highlighted in this issue's pages. One of our largest issues yet, Agave Magazine's Spring 2015 publication is an excellent companion for anyone reflecting on transformation and the human condition.
By Deb A.
Congratulations to the three winners of our poetry contest, held in honour of National Poetry Month; winning entries will be published in the upcoming Spring 2015 issue of Agave Magazine.
Haiku: Daniel Lassell
Daniel Lassell has been featured, or is forthcoming, in publications such as Reed Magazine, Steam Ticket Journal, Hawaii Pacific Review, The Citron Review, and Sixfold. His poems have also been anthologized, most recently in New Poetry from the Midwest 2014. He lives with his wife in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Sonnet: Michelle Matheny
Michelle Matheny graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in German. She stayed at home to raise and homeschool her three daughters for a number of years before returning back to school herself. Michelle has a certificate in secondary English education through Washington University in St. Louis and is pursuing her M.A. in English Studies through Southeast Missouri State University. She is currently writing her thesis on Shakespeare's history plays. Great books and classical education are her passions.
Free verse: Pavel Petr (translated from the Czech by Sylva Ficova)
Pavel Petr was born on January 3rd, 1969 in Zlin. He studied metal cutting as a fitter and workshop planner. In 1992 he joined the operations division of Zlin's Regional Art Gallery, where he still works; he is also an editor of the Prostor Zlin Review, which publishes contemporary Czech poets. Pavel is represented in many Czech and foreign anthologies of poetry; his poems have been translated into French, Russian, German, Polish, Slovenian, Italian, and Portuguese.
Honourable mentions go to Jacob Appel, Nancy Brewka-Clark, Mary Schmidt, and Ana Prundaru.
By Deb A.
All it takes is a glimpse at Ian Adams's magnificent cover photograph, "Space", to get a sense of the magic folded into the Winter 2015 edition of Agave Magazine. The sobriety of long cold months are reflected here: impermanence, solitude, and loss all find expression, but the gently burning beauty with which these themes are tackled is what lingers longest in the mind's eye. The artists, photographers, writers, and poets whose works we are so proud to bring into the spotlight are united by a shared creative, inquisitive spirit that results in sublimely compelling images that are perfect for contemplation as the chill of winter slowly recedes.
We thank all our contributors for sharing their extraordinary talents with us, and invite you, dear Readers, to join us on another aesthetic journey: Agave Magazine's Winter 2015 issue.
By Deb A.
The Fall 2014 issue of Agave Magazine is here, featuring As The Teeter-Totter Sways by Peggy Aylsworth. With a creative process cultivated over decades of feeding the imagination, the 93-year-old poet is confident in her initial impulse, trusting her poems to unfold on their own accord; she rarely lingers in the rewriting and editing stage. We asked Peggy to share a few insights on poetry in general and her concise yet fanciful voice in particular, and just what it is about a good metaphor that never fails to pique her interest.
AGAVE MAGAZINE: You first began writing poetry at age seven, and have been known to write a poem a day, noting in an interview with your granddaughter that "the poem writes itself." What motivates you to write?
PEGGY AYLSWORTH: I write poetry because it satisfies my need for the nurturance I get from the imagination, a spiritual enrichment. I feel gratified when my work speaks to others.
How would you characterize the role that poetry plays in your life?
Poetry keeps my inner and outer vision alert.
What poet has had the single biggest influence on your style?
Wallace Stevens... because he encourages me to both leap and rely on original, imaginative metaphors.
What is it about metaphor that appeals to you so much?
My love of metaphor stems from my belief that "telling it slant" captures the truth with more vision than literal language.
What is your take on contemporary poetry?
I love imaginative, original language but find much contemporary poetry is too flat, too much like "lazy" prose. Dean Young and Barbara Hamby are in my view just two exceptions to that judgement.
Read the full Fall 2014 issue online here. Hard copies of all issues of Agave Magazine are now available to order through our online shop!
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