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No. 5  ||  REVERENCE

Movement comes to mind.

Not the motion that transports you from one place to the next. Though, of course, devotion has been known to inspire such improvised action. I’m referring to that which rearranges your insides: movement that adapts your priorities, challenges your loyalties, and perhaps even modifies your understanding of the world.

There’s a depth to reverence that is best handled with care.

 

Reverence conjures. It produces within us outward manifestations of inward feelings. It might be holy, or it might not. It might beckon, it might repel. It is foreign, enormous, other. It is familiar, precious, mine. Does it draw you to your feet? Do you know more or less now that you stand in its presence? Reverence is respect tinged with awe. It is subjective and therefore will not evoke the same image for you as it will for me.

By quickening our pulse and deepening our breath, veneration creates room within our bodies to accommodate awe. The work compiled in this issue illuminates devotion. It gestures towards adoration. Where will it take you? Follow the rhythm of the words, trace the images with your fingertips, then seize the opportunity presented to you at the very brink of reverence.

—Nina Lohman

APERTURE

Afterimages

TRACE

INTERVIEW

Tree of Heaven

FICTION

Swayamvara

ARIEL CHU

POETRY

Two and a Half Horatian Odes

Stars

JAMES LONGENBACH

SARAH MCCARTT-JACKSON

TIPPING POINT

Prairie Whale

TAIME PARKER SONG

MARY MANDEVILLE

POETRY

A homily

Night drive

VISHWAS GAITONDE

PORTRAIT

Lightboxes

ROCHELLE HURT

NONFICTION

Rondo

KYLAN RICE

POETRY

NONFICTION

So Finely Tuned A Universe

PRACTICE

DEV MURPHY

ARCHIVE

If You Can Bare the Trouth

MILO R. MUISE

POETRY

At the Edge

Dream of Nothing Falling


Only Heave

RACHEL BARBER

POETRY

This was not a new time

Long return

Thinking about you leaving

LOISA FENICHELL

ART

Prairie Psalm

In Which I Fantasize Again About Becoming a Field, or Another Poem on My Fear of Commitment

On Joy

DESPY BOUTRIS

NONFICTION

ANDI MYLES

POETRY

Vespers

SARAH EDWARDS

POETRY

Aquisition of the Pronoun II

RYAN DZELZKALNS

Petroglyphs

The Whale Afterlife

FICTION

Hibernia

SUSAN SOLOMON

BEATRICE MORGAN

JOSHUA BOHNSACK

HANNAH EMERSON

POETRY

undressing in front of another person

CORRESPONDENCE

On Gesture and Stillness

EMMA GOMIS

REVELATION

Twenty-Eight Hours in Paradise

ART

Critical Forest Order

CHELSEA MOSHER

ANIMASHAUN AMEEN

STEVEN SPARKS

FICTION

Like Light, Like God

MICHELLE DONAHUE

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