As human beings we’re constantly pulled by the gravitation of those people and things around us: Art, Humanity, Lovers, Family, the Divine, the Unknowable. I remember, as a child, looking at a map of our solar system marked out with the paths of the plants and their various moons. There was so much going on that I could barely handle it. Paths and gravitational pulls overlapped and competed. This months issue of new graffiti: Literature on the Streets is dedicated to these cosmically human forces that push and pull against us everyday, and to the painfully beautiful moments when they all line up and, for a moment, the universe makes perfect sense.
At long last, our 1 year anniversary issue is here. Sorry for the wait but we hope, as you enjoy Blake Palmer’s art and the poetry of Bryan Thomas Rice, you will find that it was well worth it. Thanks to both our artist and our poet, and all of our patient readers! Click on the photo to be redirected to Issue #9.
Memory is a tricky and often unreliable thing. I always admire when essayists acknowledge this in their writing rather than pretending that their recollection of things is perfect, or the only version that matters. In her essay “Black and White” Jesse Carty gives us a great example of how a writer can smoothly clue the reader in on these “tricky” moments of memory, and she does it in a way that only adds to the overall style of her essay. When you pair that with the disjointed, yet lovely, feel of Michelle Montrose Larsen’s painting, this issue of new graffiti: Literature on the Streets provides readers with unique picture of memory in action.
Is it possible to be walking down a city street and suddenly find yourself in the middle of a forest? We hope so. As the 7th issue of new graffiti: Literature on the Streets makes its way up around town, we hope it will provide a moment of pause and reflection that can be hard to find in modern life. So, rest, put your feet up, and enjoy the incredible work of Russ Beck, and Elise Beck Brundage.