Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January rez Posted

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We ring in the new year with a bounty of wonderful writing from around the globe. Embarking on a new year is always exciting, and fueling it this month is the mastery our contributing writers have over their craft, from reportage, to fiction, to poetry. When we add up our blessings at the end of the year, we come up with a staggering total. We start off the January issue with Burn2, a piece by our intrepid reporter, Barbie Starr, who tells the compelling story of how Burn2 came into being, all the way back to the burning of a giant male effigy in the California desert. Jullianna Juliesse pens a passionate poem, Mojo Boots, in which she spies a pair of “must have” boots - - and you don’t want to get between Julie and the object of her desire when that happens.  Jami Mills reprises Dear Sophie, her story of a jazz-loving, down on her luck, alcoholic Miss Lonelyhearts writer living in the Lower East Side. Karli Daviau contributes Frank’s, a hilarious poem that shows the predictability of some of the most familiar virtual pickup lines. Cat Boccaccio is at it again in Too Many Stops, where she explores the anguish of a broken family. In another of his brilliant poems, Multi-Seasonal, RoseDrop Rust treats us to his examination of the four seasons, giving us new insights into each. Art Blue does a deep dive into American music culture and differentiates between red, blue, green and black in Buddy Holly. Bringing it all to a wonderful conclusion is Will Blake, who takes our breath away with No Other Way, connecting words and images as only he can. From all the staff at rez Magazine, Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

Monday, November 19, 2018

November/December rez Posted

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In keeping with past tradition, we’re combining our November and December issues of rez Magazine into a single “holiday” issue, to give our tireless staff (and writers) some time off to be with their families.  So, we’ve packed two issues into one this time and are you ever going to enjoy it.  First, Jami Mills was so inspired by her recent trip to Japan that she kept a journal and busily shot the things that struck her fancy. We’re glad she did because The Chronicles of Jami: Japan is the result. Tokyo, Kyoto and the Japanese Alps were the focus of her piece. First time contributor, enola em Vaher, the owner of the esteemed Chelsea Hotel, gives us a stunning short story, Need, about the universal themes that bind us, with a cameo appearance by an all-knowing angel.  Zymony Guyot knocks us out again with his wonderful be-bop rhythms in his poem, Buzz, where he calls the current state of affairs like he sees ‘em.  RoseDrop Rust returns with Camera Obscura, in which Rusty re-connects with his Muse, in a way only someone with a great command of his voice can. Neruval, the AI owl who sits atop Art Blue’s shoulder, has added more fuel to the speculation that he is actually Art’s brain.  Neruval pens an open letter, To Whom it May Concern, and takes control of Art’s narrative. Poor Art. He never really stood a chance. Dearstluv Writer contributes a short poem that is packed with emotion about the loneliness and suffering of the elderly. No one treats this sensitive subject more compassionately. Jullianna Juliesse brings us a deeply personal poem, Pariah, wherein she shares her feelings about giving, taking, and being part of something more. With Rosa, Cat Boccaccio dazzles us once again with her insight into what makes people tick, this time taking us into the agony of loss and the durability of the life spirit. We hope you’ll find time over the holidays to peruse this fine issue, which includes some of the most talented writers inworld. And if you don’t have time to read, then just look at the purdy pictures. Happy Holidays, from all of us at rez Magazine!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

October rez Posted

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we’re surrounded with making this month’s issue one of our best.  We start things off with The G.B.T.H. Project, an article by Jami Mills which explores one of the most exciting new art galleries on the grid, the G.T.B.H. Project, owned and operated by Marina Munter and Megan Prumier.  Every month or so they re-imagine the gallery to accommodate the works of some of the finest virtual artists around.  Jami was fortunate enough to interview Marina, who shared her thoughts about art and the virtual environment.  Cat Boccaccio has written another gem, this time called Test Drive, which re-introduces to our readers one of Cat’s favorite characters, Leep, who’s back with a tale of Chinese warriors and melted candles.  This issue also includes some wonderful poetry, including Dearstluv Writer’s uniquely romantic piece, Avatar, in which she brings the passion and breathlessness of a new love to the forefront.  Barbie Starr caught up with Suzen JueL, who graciously agreed to sit for any interview with her. Barbie finds out more about Suzen’s illustrious musical career, but also learns about Suzen as fine artist. We include some of Suzen’s wonderful paintings along with Barbie’s interview.  Shyla the Super Gecko returns to our pages with a nostalgic poem, The Road Which Never Ends, about roads that were taken, and how fondly we recall the memories of those experiences.  Art Blue contributes I Hide You, which is a deep dive into computers, AI and Tomorrowland.  It’s a fascinating read and Art’s perspective on the future will dazzle and fascinate those wondering where our technology is headed in the years to come. Zymony Guyot delivers another up/down, all around mash up of words and spaces in Blank.  And last, but not least, RoseDrop Rust adds Bed Blanket, which finds connections in the most unexpected places, like a rumpled blanket. Enjoy this month’s issue!

Monday, September 3, 2018

September rez Posted

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It’s Labor Day in the States and for the lucky ones among us, we’re engaged in various labors of love.  The September issue of rez Magazine is chock full of such labors - - writers who love to write.  It’s very evident from even a cursory glance.  Our intrepid reporter, Barbie Starr, covered this year’s LoveFest, an annual celebration of the works of H.P. Lovecraft.  She claims she was lucky to get in, it was so crowded, but we’re the lucky ones after reading her article, For the Love of Lovecraft.  Art Blue never ceases to astound us, this time with his treatise on the extinction of our species.  Could never happen?  Ask the owl.  The multi-talented Consuela Hypatia Caldwell treats us this month to one of her short stories, Drew, about love, rebellion and lifestyle choices.  Our regular contributor of the shortest of short fiction, Cat Boccaccio, hits a home run with Joy and Dismay, a peek into the life of two sisters, each trying to entice the same man, but with very different approaches.  Jullianna Juliesse contributes A Gothic Poem, finding a note hidden away for years, containing the DNA of a long lost, but not forgotten, love interest.  Merope Madrigal captures the awe of one of Nature’s most stunning phenomena, the glacier, in her exquisite poem The March of Giants.  The wonderful piece by Persephone Phoenix rounds out this month’s superb issue with her poem, Avatar Dysphoria - - a stunning piece of writing.  So enjoy your labors and I hope you find time to enjoy the September issue of rez Magazine.


Friday, August 3, 2018

August rez Posted

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It’s the dead of summer…and as we all hope for rain to deal with local wildfires, we have some fire of our own in this month’s issue of rez. We’re blessed this month with an especially wonderful assemblage of talent.  Jami Mills starts things off Our Car, with a tale of a wild road trip by two women finding themselves with a cantankerous car that can’t seem to keep from veering off in ditches now and then, but finding a way out every time.  We also bring you the exciting finale of The Double-Crossers, an experimental exquisite corpse short story by Jami Mills and Amy Inawe, who are knee-deep in a Roman crime spree.  We include a poignant poem by Pepper Chaffe, Four Candles, which is astonishing and heartfelt.  The Perfect Gentleman (aka Harry Bailey) and his trusty sidekick, Friday Blaisdale, explore the exotic world of courtesans with The Courtesans of Sakura, featuring a fascinating interview with Lynn Mimistrobell, lead courtesan and intriguing interviewee.  In A Lifetime is a sensational poem by the multi-talented Consuela Hypatia Caldwell, whose artwork and short stories we’ve previously featured in rez.  Cat Boccaccio, our most economical contributor, stretches out a little with The Enemy, which captures a slice of life in all its simplicity and complexity.  RoseDrop Rust engages in some spiteful behavior with his hilarious short piece, The Nose.  Long-time favorite, Zymony Guyot gives us Disclaimers Attached to Your Dessert, seeks to pull everything together, all the while making perfect sense.  Last but not least is our very own Art Blue, waxing about our favorite snack and computer nemesis, The Cookie.  Summer is a time for fun reading, so dig in!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

July rez Posted

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Time for some summer reading! And have we got just what you need…Our July issue features the Crystal Anniversary of our very own Second Life, celebrating its 15th birthday. The celebration is over now, but ten of our friends and contributors who have described their favorite exhibition there. We’ve included all of them in the July issue, and we’ll leave it to you to pick your favorite. Jami Mills and Amy Inawe employed the Surrealist technique, Exquisite Corpse, to write together The Double-Crossers, this being the third of four installments of some fun summer crime fiction. Zymony Guyot is back with another musing about time with his lovely poem First the Clocks.  The more we hear from this brilliant writer the better. Cat Boccaccio gives us Random Number, which talks of when it’s time to fly from the nest. A Tomboy’s Treasures is a treasure of its own that Shyla the Super Gecko has bestowed upon us, showing us the plunder of a tomboy, all held closely in a shoebox. Jullianna Juliesse stuns us with a powerful poem about a mother/son bond created all the more deeply by a difficult choice. You Know is the latest piece by our favorite author, Art Blue. Admit it, you’re starting to follow his logic, you know? Of all the gin joints, Dearstluv had to walk into rez Magazine…. Gin Joints is Dearstluv’s latest piece, and we’ll sit and listen to her for as long as she’s willing to share…. Clamor is the title of RoseDrop Rust’s latest poem. Rusty exhorts us to “Publish me!”, and we couldn’t be happier complying. Consuela Hypatia Caldwell closes us out with her exquisite poem, Lifetime, which reminisces about days gone by. Let’s get reading (or at least look at the purdy pictures). Your intrepid publisher, Jami

Saturday, June 2, 2018

June rez Posted

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In California, we have a phenomenon called “June Gloom,” where early morning cloudiness makes for moody mornings.  The June issue of rez, however, is the exact opposite. Instead of June Gloom we have “June Bloom,” an array of superb writing from the best writers we know of. This month, we’d like to welcome Barbie Starr to the rez staff. Barbie starts her assignment as a roving reporter for rez, seeking out the best of the grid.  Barbie highlights the Fantasy Faire exhibit, which raised record amounts of money for The American Cancer Society through its Relay for Life campaign.  Barbie brings the event to life, with the photography of CallMeRory. We look forward to following her hunt in the upcoming months. RoseDrop Rust contributes a sweet ode to his Muse, wondering (as all artists do) just where she comes from and hoping she stays long. In Rusty’s case, she stayed long enough for a short poem, Muse Net, which leaves us wrung wet. A Gift is a particularly exquisite poem by one of our most sensitive voices, Dearstluv Writer - - a beautiful poem written by a beautiful poet, one who’s always listening and watching. Jami Mills and Amy Inawe share the second installment of their international crime caper, The Double-Crossers, which they wrote together in the exquisite corpse style. Watch Gretchen and Eva bob and weave through the cobblestone street of Rome, trying to catch a big fish. Cat Boccaccio, who says more with less than anyone we know, teases our olfactory senses with her offering, Makizmo, which describes haunting memories triggered by a familiar scent. The Dilemma is Art Blue’s contribution this month, where he carries on a fascinating discussion with a dead horse. You don’t want to miss this. No, really! And rounding out this wonderful issue is a poem by Shyla the Super Gecko simply called Little Person. Shyla watches a little sprite with understanding eyes, as the youngster questions everything in sight. She reminds us a little of Shyla herself in that regard. So there you have it! Enjoy the June issue.