“Joseph of Nazareth, the Marvel Comic Version”
by Janeen Pergrin Rastall
His power is silence
and a cloak that absorbs
gossip in the market, voices in his head.
He gathers her new-mother frets, lumps
them with his woes. His robe
begins to shimmer with an energy, ancient
as comet tails or bioluminescence.
In seconds it is over. He turns to the wood,
planes, sands, sets up his level,
finds plumb again.
This selection comes from the collaborative chapbook Heart Radicals, available now from ELJ Publications. Purchase your copy here.
Les Kay is the author of the full-length poetry collection Fronts (Sundress Publications, forthcoming 2016) as well as the chapbooks Badass (Lucky Bastard Press, 2015) and The Bureau (Sundress Publications, 2015). He is also a co-author of the collaborative poetry chapbook Heart Radicals (ELJ Publications, forthcoming 2016). His poems have been published widely in journals such as Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The McNeese Review, PANK, Redactions, Santa Clara Review, South Dakota Review, Whiskey Island, and The White Review.
Janeen Pergrin Rastall lives in Gordon, MI (population 2). She is the author of In the Yellowed House (dancing girl press 2014) and co-author of Heart Radicals (ELJ Publications, 2016). Her chapbook, Objects May Appear Closer won the 2015 Celery City Chapbook Contest. She is Managing Editor at ELJ Publications. Her poetry was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2013 and 2014 and for the 2014 Best of the Net Award. Please visit Janeen at her author page: janeenpergrinrastall.wordpress.com.
Allie Marini Batts holds degrees from Antioch University of Los Angeles & New College of Florida, meaning she can explain deconstructionism, but cannot perform simple math. Her work has been a finalist for Best of the Net & nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is Managing Editor for the NonBinary Review, Unbound Octavo, & Zoetic Press, & has previously served on the masthead for /Lunch Ticket, Spry Literary Journal, The Weekenders Magazine, Mojave River Review & Press, & The Bookshelf Bombshells. Allie is the author of Unmade & Other Poems, (Beautysleep Press, 2013) & You Might Curse Before You Bless (ELJ Publications, 2013). She has 5 collections forthcoming in 2015: wingless, scorched & beautiful (Imaginary Friend Press), Before Fire (ELJ Publications), This Is How We End (Bitterzoet), Pictures From The Center Of The Universe (Paper Nautilus, Winner of the Vella Prize) & Southern Cryptozoology: A Field Guide To Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Hyacinth Girl Press.) Allie rarely sleeps, and her mother has hypothesized that she is actually a robot fueled by Diet Coke & Sri Racha.
Sandra Marchetti is the author of Confluence, a full-length collection of poetry from Sundress Publications (2015). She is also the author of four chapbooks of poetry and lyric essays, including Sight Lines (Speaking of Marvels Press, 2016), Heart Radicals (ELJ Publications, 2016), A Detail in the Landscape (Eating Dog Press, 2014), and The Canopy (MWC Press, 2012). Sandra’s poetry appears widely in Subtropics, Ecotone, Green Mountains Review, Word Riot, Blackbird, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. Her essays can be found at The Rumpus, Words Without Borders, Mid-American Review, Whiskey Island, and other venues. Currently, she is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at Aurora University outside of her hometown of Chicago.
Heather Knox, Managing Editor for The Wardrobe, is the author of the poetry collection Dowry Meat (Words Dance Publishing) and the forthcoming young adult fiction series Vampire Wars (EPIC Escape). Her poetry has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, [PANK], decomP magazinE, Word Riot, and other places. She earned her MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2013 and currently teaches online as an adjunct professor for Southern New Hampshire University, often from the comfort of her pajamas and the Midwest.
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