She tells me,
“last night I dreamt my best friend died.”
the getting up,
the (smallish) routine,
the idea that a single heart can be lost
haunts me with intense sincerity.
I tell her,
“we are all hearts
beating to the sound of Creation’s innate sorrow.”
So I pick up the shards of her heart,
sew them together,
I call them
Best friend, I loved you as much as a heart could allow.
Your universe cut up and sewn back together again.
Aleksandra Djordjevic was born in Kingston, PA, and has attended the University of Scranton, PA, as well as Wilkes University. She has been published in wordgathering.com, as well as in the short story anthology, The Smartest Kid in the Bronx. Ms. Djordjevic lives in Clarks Summit, PA.
“All the curves, all the spaces and elements right down to the shape of the signs, display boards, railings and check-in desks were to be of a matching nature. We wanted passengers passing through the building to experience a fully-designed environment, in which each part arises from another and everything belongs to the same formal world.” — Eero Saarinen
For this year’s Open House New York, Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center opened its doors to the public for what may be the last time before it likely becomes repurposed as a hotel lobby. First opened in 1962, the building is an iconic piece of modern architecture, a sweeping concrete structure reminiscent of a bird taking flight. Red flows through the interior space, the color of defunct airline TWA. Saarinen’s design is a testament to a time when air travel was becoming potential for a mass market. The nature of flight and speed is reflected in every detail from the curves of the seating area, the intricate mosaic tiles covering the floor, and the futuristic flight times board. It is a building to not only be looked at, but experienced.
Amy Beth Outland is a freelance writer and editor with social media experience and a B.A. in English and Type: 09 teaching certification from Illinois State University. She has worked as a freelance social media writer for Gather.com. She has also worked as an English: 101 undergraduate teaching assistant while attending Illinois State University.
Amy also works as a tutor and a Guest Services Representative at Franciscan St. James Health in Olympia Fields, Illinois. Her first novel I’m Not Broken is soon to be published by Re.ad Publishing in Corte Madera, California.
Amy has also had several poems published in Chicago based fine arts journals including: Exact Change Only, Prevail N Prosper, The Insomniac Propagandist, and Reflections & Illuminations.
Sophia Paulson was a fantastic performer. Her body was sculpted and toned by hours spent with physical trainers, her wardrobe was the latest to grace the pages of the fashion industry’s most recognizable trend setting publications. She adorned her near flawless oval face with thin wire frame glasses that added a subtle complimenting component of intellectualism to her sex appeal. She was a young upstart. She had gone to the best schools, had met the right people, and at the relatively young age of 32 had established herself as a respectable practitioner in the field of psychology.
There were tumultuous undercurrents of stress running beneath the well crafted facade however. She had been able to hide them most of her life from just about everyone she knew, everyone except her fiancé. Her engagement, once a countdown to the day she would finally have the final piece of her perfect life, had now become an indefinite and agonizing period. In her attempts to expedite the process she had accomplished just the opposite, and driven him away. Now things appeared more uncertain than ever, and the always cool and collected Sophia had finally shown her vulnerabilities and insecurities. She was aware of just how attractive such qualities made a person appear. Unfortunately it had ran into a vicious cycle. Every time she called or texted she was sure she had just the right thing to say to make this all go away, but afterwards she always walked away with the feeling she had made things worse. Continue reading →
Swinging, 30″ by 48″, acrylic & oil sticks on canvas, 2014
Born in Dallas, Texas, Rachel O’Donnell is an artist based out of the Brooklyn, New York area. With her BFA in Fine Art from Pratt Institute, she has spent the last five years pursuing an art career on the east coast. She has studied abroad and completed courses at Parsons Paris as well as London College of Fashion. Her work has been featured in art galleries, such as, The Painting Center, Westbeth Gallery, Greenpoint Gallery, and in the famed Seagram Building for a Gagosian Gallery sponsored show. She has also been published online by Vice Magazine and featured in the New York Times reviewed Bushwick Open Studios twice. Painting primarily portraits, Rachel O’Donnell’s work is known for its intriguing use of colors and expressionist qualities. Working primarily with acrylic paint and oil sticks, Rachel creates her works at her studio located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Continue reading →