so to speak fall 2017 issue

art + writing by: Andrea Acker, Amina Re, Susan C. Ingram, Mimi Drop, Rudrakshi Bhattacharjee, J.S. Sommers, Monica J. Claesson, Shikha Malaviya, Andrea Dejean, Erica Hoffmeister,
E. Kristin Anderson, Dhwanie Priya, Astra Lincoln, Kayla Queen Dyer

Letter from the Editor

Art

EXPOSED

EXPOSED

Amina Re

Artist Statement

How do we begin to talk about the effects of a masculine dominated global society, and keep the privileged in the conversation? By privileged I mean anyone who has benefited from the oppression of women and feminine qualities. There is a large population in denial that oppression of women still exists, that violence against women still exists, that the raping of our planet is …

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Fiction

Millennial

J. Ryan Sommers

There once was a poor old woman that lived in the foothills of Green Valley. She was not poor in the financial sense. Rather, she was unfortunate by the circumstances of her life, which in turn had also made her old. Her name was Mary Foster and she was known the county over as “The Human Incubator.” You see Mary was pregnant and …

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Nonfiction

Film/Addict

Susan C. Ingram

Holes

There are too many holes. A fist-sized hole in the basement door. Another in the bedroom door. The back window of his car—no window—just a big hole. The glass shards like jagged teeth in the wide, horrible mouth of a mechanical great white.

“A drug dealer smashed it out with a baseball bat as I drove away,” he said one late night as I stood …

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Poetry

Two Poems

Shikha Malaviya

THEY SAY THE (MUSLIM) BAN IS TEMPORARY

But I’ve decorated my home, she says
And what if they make us leave?
I know it sounds silly, but each painting
I’ve chosen with such care
See this one? It’s of a castle
from a street artist in Salzburg
and my green leather couch, made in Italy
has the shape of my bottom on the leftmost cushion
and my kilim rug from Turkey,
after we bargained for …

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blog

Athena Melliar

Poetry by Athena Melliar

Poetry by Athena Melliar

Athena Melliar

“Pallid Mirrors”

Pale yellow star-shaped flowers were scenting
the air, the lime fragrance of zest combined
with thyme balm; Zephyr, just orienting
a swarm of bees towards the east, confined
them in its breeze. The tree’s loose canopy
left a dappled shade on the ground below;
the trunk hedged itself with a panoply
of branches growing out of it. The slow,
doddering beams of sunlight were dotting
her legs, wide open, stained with blood spotting.

The …

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Sarah Batcheller

A Letter from the Blog Editor

A Letter from the Blog Editor

Sarah Batcheller

To our readers,

Recent months have seen an onslaught of discussion about sexual assault and harassment in the media. As survivors come forward and powerful people admit, apologize, step down, deny, and/or lash out, many of us witnessing it all from our devices are reminded of our own experiences and encounters, or those of someone we care about.

Tarana Burke began the “Me Too” campaign years ago, …

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Holly Mason

Speaking With Artist Mojdeh Rezaeipour on "Belonging"

Speaking With Artist Mojdeh Rezaeipour on “Belonging”

Holly Mason

By Holly Mason

Belonging, Mojdeh Rezaeipour’s solo show at Arlington Arts Center, is on exhibit through December 16th. She will be participating in a Gallery Talk about the work on its closing day this Saturday from 1-3pm.  All seven solo artists at AAC for the Fall (one in each gallery) are women.

In Belonging, Rezaeipour plays with space, dimensionality and architectural elements to invite us inside the walls of her learning, as she tugs deeper …

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Allie Ross

Voices in Motion

Voices in Motion

Allie Ross

A note from the Assistant Blog Editor—

The response to So to Speak’s themed series, itself a response to the #MeToo and #HimThough campaign, was beyond our expectations. It has been humbling to read your very personal recollections made prose, poetry, and art. We are taking appropriate time to read each and every individual piece submitted. The final pieces to be published here will debut as soon as …

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