Katrina Kaye

Allow a streak of light
from single bulb hallway
to lay across the floor.

Remind me, in this mild action,
there are heroes in the world,
not every act is based on
the selfish hunger of men.

On nights like this
the rocks of the world
lay heavy on my spine,
pinning me to an earth
I have no desire to inherit.

It is why I am well versed in
the tongue of loneliness.
I am most concrete wrapped
in solitude.

Let me hear the voices
down the hall. The influx
in cadence regardless of meaning,
the occasional laugh.

I am again
five years old asleep in
a stranger’s house feeling
no desire to resume the
party but comforted to know
it continues.

Leave the door cracked,
just enough, so I’ll know
when the house rings silent,
when the hall light finally dims
that I am completely alone.

Katrina Kaye is a writer and educator living in Albuquerque, NM. She is seeking an audience for her ever-growing surplus of poetic meanderings. She hoards her previous published writings, links to publications, and additional information on her website: ironandsulfur.com. She is grateful to anyone who reads her work and in awe of those willing to share it. Twitter: @PoetKatrinaKaye | Facebook: Iron & Sulfur

Art: Sex Education by Amy Stone who was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. She has a BA in Fine Arts and Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado, and an MA in Art Education from Hofstra University. For many years she worked purely with chalk pastel, but since 2016 she has shifted her medium to painting in acrylic and various mixed media.  Focusing on abstract expressionism and the abstracted female form, her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., has been recognized and collected nationally and internationally and sits in collections alongside works of renowned artists including Miro, Basquiat and Lichtenstein. 

David Audley of The Marais Review recently wrote about Stone’s work, “The human form is an essential theme in her works, even when the form isn’t always visible. Like a sensual subtext, the warmth of shape, the beauty of feminine curve, is present behind the bold strokes and blocks of color. This inherent femineity gives a gentle comfort and ease to her abstract work. It makes her paintings feel human and inviting, in a way that fails many other painters. She doesn’t present a full idea to the viewer. She presents a full concept in color and implores you to resolve it. To complete it.” Stone currently lives in Seattle with her husband and two sons who supply her with endless laughs and inspiration.

Contact: [email protected]

Instagram: @amystoneart


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