Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May rez Posted

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Welcome to the May issue of rez Magazine. We are particularly proud to present the spectacular images of Consuela Hypatia Caldwell, with all of their colorful exuberance, texture and vitality.  You’ll remember Consuela from earlier publications featuring her poetry and prose.  Jami Mills interviews the artist about the intensity of her images and the stunning use of color and texture in her photographs. Not only does Consuela give some thoughtful insights into her work, but Jami has curated a handful of her favorite photographs so you’ll know what everyone is so excited about. We would also like to welcome Romie Vella to rez, who introduces herself to our readers with a beautifully crafted poem about things falling apart. We look forward to many future contributions from this unique talent. Ray Blue, who took over after Art Blue’s untimely demise, follows up on his story, The Swimmer, in last month’s issue with a complicated and staggering piece this month called The Lady in Black. Jullianna Juliesse shares the age-old argument between Prudence and Lust. If that doesn’t pique your interest, then you’ll need to read Mariner Trilling’s romantic poem, The Most Seductive Thing I Wrote Today. Very much at the top of his game, Mariner muses about the object of his affection.  Zari takes a moment from her chores as a kajira in Gor (the Jon Norman-inspired land of mystery) to explain what it’s really like being a slave in the primitive but very sophisticated world of Gor.  In Boy’s I’d Like to Fuck #1 – Phil Burke, Merope Madrigal describes her yearning for another young lad with whom she would like to have her way.  And closing out the May issue, Flynt Firebrand gives us a poem about impermanence and how the house always seems to win. We hope you enjoying reading this issue as much as we enjoyed presenting these very exciting artists.  Enjoy.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April rez Posted

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In this month’s issue, Jami Mills takes us inside the 2016 edition of one of the greatest virtual immersive entertainments ever, Le Cirque de Nui, chryblnd Scribe’s steampunk adaptation of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. We’ve featured this unique entertainment before (see August 2014 edition of rez in our archives), but the production is only getting better with time.  Congratulations to the entire Cirque crew for bringing us another installment of this mesmerizing and totally enchanting entertainment. May you continue to find new avenues to explore so we call all enjoy this show for years to come. We also hope you will enjoy Mario Zecca’s contribution, The Magniloquent Linguist, a poem that effectively uses the rhythms of the street, and in so doing, brings the street alive. In the sixth and final installment of her sci-fi thriller, Wishbone One, Jami Mills brings her short story to an exciting conclusion, wherein we learn of some of the pitfalls of prolonged space travel. Casey A is a heartachingly personal and poignant poem by longtime contributor and superb poet, Zymony Guyot. You’ll notice that Art Blue has not contributed this month. Instead, Ray Blue dazzles us with futuristic piece called The Swimmer. And just who is Ray Blue? You’ll need to read this futuristic piece to find out. Where or when we’ll ever hear from Art again is up for speculation. Perhaps his AI, Neruval, can be coaxed into explaining Art’s whereabouts. Jullianna Juliesse has written a dark piece, Fait Accompli, that causes us to question the quality and duration of our existence here. And finally, in Hummingbird Feeder, Wolfgang Glinka returns to our pages with a sultry poem about summers on the porch. Enjoy.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

March rez Posted

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We can say with confidence that we’ve never had an issue quite like the March 2016 issue. It is a great coup that Mariner Trilling (whom you know for his wonderful poetry that we’ve had the privilege of publishing) has scored an interview not with Donald Trump, but with his unpredictable hair! As you might imagine, the unimaginable happens in The Hair Apparent.  Jullianna Juliesse contributes Surgery of the Soul, a difficult but deeply rewarding poem about survival. In a first for rez, Chris Mooney-Singh (aka Singh Albatros) not only brings us two wonderful pieces, but allows us to link them to audio files where our readers can hear him recite each piece in compelling fashion.  The first piece is a short poem, Chain Gang Ant, which adds to our view of the lowly ant, going about his business.  Jami Mills’ sci-fi thriller, Wishbone One, continues with the fifth installment, A Grateful Nation. Finally, our protagonist escapes the bounds of gravity with Grace, his always complicated and perplexing AI. The Still Not Known One (TSNKO) picks up where Art Blue leaves off with The Surreal Tower, which further explores themes we’ve grown to love so much: reality and the future. Consuela Hypatia Caldwell, who has graced our pages with her stunning work several times before, takes us to the white water of the Colorado Drainage in Spring of ‘84, where she reminisces about her earlier life as an expedition leader. You will feel the spraying water on your face and the churning river below your neoprene raft as Consuela brings the river alive. And closing this month’s issue is Singh Albatros’ second piece, a brilliant fable, Sleeping With Angels, also with an audio track link. We’re grateful for all of our blessings this month, and we hope you enjoy reading this wonderful issue.

Monday, February 1, 2016

February rez Posted

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We welcome you to the February issue of rez with an inspiring story about someone bitten. It took very little to convince Cassie Parker that she could realize in a virtual real what she had so successfully manifested in her real life passion - - a creative space devoted entirely to the artist - - a sim called TerpsiCorps Isle, named after the muse of dance, Terpsichore.  Many of us have dreams, but far fewer have the willpower to realize them in such a grand style.  With the opening of this magical sim, Cassie proves that dreams do come true.  Never will an artist feel more nurtured, surrounded with tranquility to settle the mind, but also the tools to create, in the form of state-of-the-art rehearsal and staging space.  Cassie has gathered an array of talent to create one of the grandest theaters on the grid.  Chrissy Rhiano deserves a special shout out for her superlative build and Lantana Silverweb provides sumptuous photos for us in Cassie’s cover story, TerpsiCorps Isle – The Evolution of an Arts Sim.  Amy Inawe delivers a powerful and unnerving poem, Dark Confidences, about strangers in the night, saying perhaps more than they should.  And by now, we all know that Art Blue is very much alive. Witness his amazing conclusion to his study of past, present and future, Final Blue: The Origin. Never has a more original writer graced the pages of rez. We’re lucky to be able to bring his vision to you, alive or dead. We have an abundance of riches this issue with two pieces by Merope Madrigal, the first is Mule Deer, a sensitive study of a beautiful and furtive animal. Mariner Trilling’s sensational And You Danced in the Streets of New Orleans brings the vibrant Bourbon Street alive, and lets us feel the unfettered joy of wild abandon in a city where anything goes. Jullianna Juliesse follows with a timely and wonderful poem, Demon Dialing the Eagles, made all the more poignant with the passing of Glenn Frye. Wonder what’s up with the Wishbone mission? Jami Mills brings more to light in the fourth installment, Wishbone One: Grace of God, where the AI Grace reveals more depth than we suspected. Lift off is only days away. Adrian Blair returns with a charming and mystifying poem The Last Magician that simply takes our breath away with the snap of a silk scarf. Merope Madrigal closes with Boys I’d Like to Fuck #4 (Robert Downey, Jr.), containing her thoughts about how nice it might have been, for both her and RDJ, had events transpired slightly differently.

Monday, January 4, 2016

January rez Posted

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We have a very good feeling about 2016 here at rez. And why not? We’ve been gifted over the years with some of the brightest and most talented artists anywhere.  And this is certainly true with rez’s first issue of 2016.  Jami has her head in the stars again and has brought us her third installment of Wishbone One, entitled Selection. Seems as though there’s more to landing a man on Mars than first meets the eye.  RoseDrop Rust urges us to fight back against today’s darkness and beat it bloody, in his sharp poem, Beaten Bloody Blues.  And joining Jami in the distant future is our very own futurist, Art Blue, who has a two-part installment, Final Art.  This month’s piece, Tears of Rain, pays homage to Blade Runner, a seminal film in Art’s time-bending work.  Poetry Editor (and one of the founding members of rez), Jullianna Juliesse, has a sensational poem, An Invocation Foreboding Fox News, wherein she urges us to leave all of the hatred behind us.  Wolfgang Glinka shows us that two is at least twice as good as one by giving us two delightful, short poems, Hot Tub and Alfresco.  We liked them so much together, we’ve published them side by side.  We have included a parable by poetess and short story writer Dubhna Rhiadra, who spins a tale about a resourceful girl and her devious doll.  We hope Dubhna will grace our pages many times in the future.  Jullianna's co-conspirator, Mariner Trilling (also a Poetry Editor for rez), skillfully describes what it’s like when you *really* have to go.  His Universal Feeling gets right to the point (with an homage to Marcel Duchamp).  Not a newcomer to rez, Consuela Hypatia Caldwell holds nothing back with her heartbreaking story of tragedy and redemption, A Mother's Loss.  And we close this first issue of 2016 with a stunning poem by our newest poet, Karima Hoisan, who brings us to the edge of our seats with The Voice of Annihilation.  Here’s to a wonderful 2016.  We hope you’ll enjoy every issue as much as we do.  Happy New Year from the staff of rez.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Holiday rez Posted

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This year we have combined the November and December issues into a single holiday issue which we hope you will enjoy reading. Starting things off is the second installment of Jami Mills’ short story, Wishbone One, which explores universes without and within. Vigorous training is underway for a controversial manned trip to Mars, but there are many challenges in such a mission in the best of circumstances. Klannex Northmead introduces himself to our readers with his poem, Buddha. We couldn’t be happier to include his wonderful work in this issue.  Art Blue is certainly alive and well in some realm. How do we know this? Because Parallel Lives: A Step Into the Future didn’t write itself (although Art’s AI, Neruval the owl, may be playing us all). As a companion piece, Herbert W. Franke’s German story, Der Traum vom Meer (Ocean Dream), translated for rez by Art Blue and Jami Mills, is a wonderful cautionary tale about the future. Stalking the Aisles of the Supermarket is another wonderful poem by Mariner Trilling, who can resist everything but temptation. Jullianna Juliesse contributes her poem, Waltzing Toward Armageddon, which is an honest, eyes-wide-open look at our world. The Perfect Gentleman, Harry Bailey, is back and has discovered a charming group of ladies called The Iron Roses, a pitch-perfect, ribald burlesque troupe whose main aim is to titillate and entertain, and they hit a bulls-eye on both counts. Will Blake is back with his unique poetic voice, this time bringing us Destry Nurses a Broken Heart, describing the Wild West as never before. And bringing this holiday issue to a close is Kamille Kamala, whose tender poem, The Damask Rose, is a fitting conclusion, tying the thorns and blossoms of this issue together so very nicely.  Enjoy this issue and, above all else, enjoy your friends and family this holiday season. We’ll see you again in 2016.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

October rez Posted

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This month, rez reaches a milestone - one that makes us especially proud. This October issue is our 50th release since the magazine first began publishing in August 2011.  But none of it would be possible without the brilliance of our contributors, the tireless work of our staff, and you, our wonderful readers, who have shown us such tremendous support over the years.  So, with this golden milestone now under our belt, we offer you a particular rich collection of fiction, features and fun.  We start off with the first installment of Jami Mills’ short story, Wishbone One.  It’s been quite a while since we’ve had the opportunity to enjoy Jami’s creative writing. This piece takes us beyond the Earth’s gravitational pull and explores both inner and outer realms.  Mariner Trilling is back with another fine poem, Flying Monkeys, about flying primates who ruin just about everyone’s day. Cajsa Lilliehook has contributed probably the finest compendium every written on the difficult subject of Mesh. Meticulously researched, in Dr. StrangeSLove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mesh, Cajsa explains everything you ever wanted to know about the ever-changing world of Mesh. We include a disturbing but very moving poem by DonJuan Writer, Storm Before the Calm - - both provocative and insightful.  Art Blue returns from the dead (?) with the next installment of Parallel Lives: The Present Days. No one, living or dead, has written with such verve and passion. Art confounds us all with his observations about our digital/analog lives in the space/time continuum. We’re privileged to have him as a regular contributor. In Independence Day, Consuela Caldwell writes of twisting manipulations that rob her of something precious.  SoylentDotBlue (a relation of Art Blue?) reminds us again of how striking a performance Paradise Lost was, and invites our readers to support Canary Beck, who made a huge effort bringing this formidable work to the virtual stage.  Hitomi Tamatzui trains her lens on two works of Cica Ghost in Dreamers and Strings. Once again, Hitomi captures the essence of another great virtual artist.  Lisa Launay laments about lost love in Warm Cotton, but makes us wonder whether love is ever really lost at all.  And it is only appropriate that Jullianna Juliesse, one of the founding members of rez, bring this 50th issue to a conclusion with Bathtub Madonna, her exquisite tribute to a dear friend who passed too soon.  Enjoy this milestone issue, but be warned:  we’re already starting on the next 50 issues right now.