A profile of the artist Girl in Blue Artist Patrick Brown is a fairly quiet man—perhaps a bit shy—with a cute laugh, a slight Southern accent, and a gentle sadness that sometimes shades his eyes. It’s a companionable sorrow, though. It reaches into his paintings and says, “It might hurt, but it’s OK [...]
By Sergio A. Ortiz Omran was a Syrian boy: Our son defeated in front of the sea after chasing the dawn, our little brother cleft by the blows of the crab that was death, nothingness, emptiness, a thick river of icy water. Our child like all other innocent children whom they bombed in Aleppo and are no [...]
By Robbie Gamble When I was seven years old, my parents escorted me into a room in a retirement home in Carmel, CA, to meet an old friend of the family. She was a slight, elderly woman with a friendly face and a clear strong voice, and she knew how to set a fidgety, slightly precocious [...]
By Chris Cummings and David Cummings * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * D: Drain the swamp he brays the president-elect from his gold leaf bedroom in his gold leaf tower Drain it he inveighs * * * * * * * * * [...]
By Tricia Knoll They will be back where the snow falls on camp tents, cookfires and legends of stars so cold you know they froze in the middle of a myth of creation where someone blue lifted up the egg and old women sang the birth song. They will be back when snow is so [...]
By I.E. Sommsin I.E. Sommsin, a writer and artist from Kentucky, lives in San Francisco. The images, ink and watercolor on shirt cardboard, don't represent individual persons, but are symbolic of the transition the country is now making.