Monday, September 3, 2018

September rez Posted

read the September issue of rez in Issuu:

https://issuu.com/rezslmagazine/docs/rez_magazine_september_2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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https://issuu.com/rezslmagazine/docs/august_2018






















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

read the June issue of rez in Issuu:

https://issuu.com/rezslmagazine/docs/june_2018



















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.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May rez Posted

Read the May issue of rez in Issuu:

https://issuu.com/rezslmagazine/docs/may_2018



















With even our friends in the coldest climates beginning to venture outside to green shoots and flower buds, we’re finally able to celebrate the end of a long arduous winter. To help with the transition to warmer weather, we’re offering you the May issue of rez, chock full of excellent writing and food for thought.  We start with an experiment that Jami Mills and Amy Inawe concocted: writing a short story in the exquisite corpse style of the Surrealists, where one author writes a paragraph or two and hands it off to the other, and back and forth it goes until the piece is done.  The Double-Crossers is the result of that experiment and we hope you enjoy it.  They had so much fun writing it, that it will appear in four installments over the coming months.  Cat Boccaccio again tantalizes us with her economical The Great Scheme of Things, in which she ponders how we’ll be remembered when we’re gone.  What we’re sure of is that we’ll be remembering this wonderful story by one of our most gifted writers.  Wu is back after a short break with She Rezzed #8, offering her erotic perspective on love, devotion, and taking deep breaths.  Mariner Trilling never was much of a cat lover, until Chuck entered his life.  Cat Poem questions just what it is that Chuck is searching for and in so doing sheds some light on our own personal search.  Back with the second installment of ORIGIN, Art Blue (or is it Jami Mills?) continues his (her?) essay on Dan Brown’s ORIGIN, and how we all need some Alya Red in our lives.  In Reaching Out, Dearstluv Writer pens a poignant and touching expression of the universal desire to connect, love and be loved.  One of our favorites, RoseDrop Rust, returns with a wonderful poem, Mistook Love for Luck.  Rusty rarely makes a mistake, but he didn’t walk away when he was winning.  CR Torok brings us to the end of the issue with Footsteps in Passing, where he encounters a beautiful woman who turns many a head, but who never takes notice herself.  Please enjoy this month’s issue or rez.  We thoroughly enjoyed bring it to you.

Monday, April 2, 2018

April rez Posted

read the April issue of rez in Issuu:

https://issuu.com/rezslmagazine/docs/april_2018


















As we all too slowly leave the winter chill behind, the kiss of spring revitalizes us after our long hibernation. It’s no different with this month’s issue of rez, where our talented collection of seers and sinners helps us awaken our senses. This month, Art Blue walks us through Gem Preiz’s new art installation at LEA29 called Demiurge, an impressive exhibit that looks back as well as peeks into the future. Gem finds a few nooks to exhibit his phenomenal fractals, too.  You must stop by and take it all in. Cat Boccaccio, who says more the fewer words she uses, tells a girl-power story in Just a Girl, which might have been appropriate for a Halloween issue, but we just couldn’t wait that long to share it with you. Dearstluv Writer shares some of her insights into aging and loneliness with her touching poem, Album of Memory. Dearstluv is one of our most sensitive voices and we are proud to include her work in this issue.  We also include the first installment of Art Blue’s ORIGIN (or is it really written by Neruval, the owl?) I’m not sure if even they know, but it really doesn’t matter, because it’s a gripping read in either event. Jullianna Juliesse brings us a haunting poem, Tournee du Chat Noir, which should properly be read with a glass of absinthe in hand to fully appreciate its mysteries. Pepper Chaffe follows up on last month’s short story, The Journey, with an absolutely stunning poem, On the Wings of Maybe. Pepper is a prodigious talent and we’re lucky to have her with us. Shyla the Super Gecko returns to our pages with Be a God, where she walks us up the stairway to heaven and exhorts us to listen to our better angels. We also welcome to our magazine first-time contributor, piffy Rau, who makes an immediate, indelible impression with her moody poem, Brassai Nights. I’m still in the throes of her imagery long after reading it. And Consuela Hypatia Caldwell closes out this month’s issue with Ayahuasca Insights, wherein she shares her thoughts about ancient mysteries, as only she can. Sit back in a comfortable chair and enjoy the April issue or rez, while you feel that kiss of spring I mentioned.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

March rez Posted

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https://issuu.com/rezslmagazine/docs/march_2018


















Our March issue is dedicated to the victims of gun violence, and that includes a broad network of the victims themselves and their family members and close friends. Actually, it includes us all. It’s inspiring to hear our students ask the tough questions of our elder leaders. After all, the world is theirs to inherit, not ours. They ask, “Why can’t you fix this problem?” Their leaders, our leaders, in the face of one unspeakable tragedy after another, twist themselves in knots trying to answer that simple question. Today’s youth aren’t buying it, and they’re the electorate of tomorrow. The NRA’s tired refrain is “Guns don’t kill people - - people kill people.”  Well, that’s not exactly true.  People with guns kill people. “Why should 18-year olds be able to buy AR-15s with high capacity clips, fitted with bump stocks?”  While our leaders mumble incoherently, more of our precious treasure is slaughtered. Incomprehensibly, the NRA offers a cynical  reply - - we need more guns, as if hundreds of millions aren’t enough.  This time is different, however, with corporate sponsors challenging that twisted logic.  Enough is enough. Time to speak out or forever hold our peace. And speak out our writers did. Jullianna Juliesse vents her anger and frustration so eloquently, her words are painful to read. When Zymony Guyot tells if like it is, it hurts. Dearstluv Writer speaks of lost innocence. Cat Boccaccio writes of a gun fatality that sickens us.  But this month’s issue also includes breathtaking stories of self-discovery (Pepper Chaffe brings us a rich and lovely parable about what that light at the end of the tunnel might signify), mystery (Wu teases us with another installment of She Rezzed, leaving us on the edge of our seats), and an alternate world filled with owls and AIs (Art Blue challenges us with his vision of space, time and “presence.”) Every day we face the same challenge: we can anaesthetize ourselves to a world gone mad and numb ourselves to the suffering, or we can stand together and demand the change we so desperately need. Real power is never given - - it’s seized. rez Magazine joins with the #enough movement, stands in solidarity with high school students thrust into the middle of this debate, and makes one clear statement, however humble it might be:  enough!