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

read the March issue of rez in Issuu:

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!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February rez Published

read the February issue of rez in Issuu:
https://issuu.com/rezslmagazine/docs/february_2018
























With January whipping by as it has, it can’t be long before New Year’s Eve! So to keep you fully stocked with good reading, the February issue is loaded with not just good writing, but filled with great pieces by some of SL’s finest writers.  We’re all incredibly busy, but if you only have a short time to devote to reading, I hope you’ll find rez perfectly suited for your needs.  We start off with one of the best parables we’ve ever printed in rez (and we’ve printed quite a few good ones over the years), a remarkable story about a forlorn gecko, written by Shyla the Super Gecko. How the Gecko Died is simply wonderful and we thought it appropriate to start off the issue with this intriguing epic poem.  Art Blue is up to his usual tricks again, taking us in and out of alternate realities in the second installment of Sand Meets Water (there’s one more coming in the March issue). Trust me. You’ll want Art with you when The Singularity comes. Cat Boccaccio has been saying more with less than anyone we know.  This month, Cat introduces us to Leep, the main character of her micro-fiction story, Peeps for Leep.  I’m hoping we’ll see more of Leep in future issues.  It’s a charming story with a surprise ending.  You all know Aorist Chunes from her fashion column in rez called The Roundabout.  But I bet you didn’t know that she is a remarkably accomplished poet.  It’s with great pride that we introduce this multi-faceted beauty’s poetry with her deeply felt and thought provoking poem, Fracas. We hope this will be the first of many from Aorist. And what can we say about Jullianna Juliesse? She keeps getting better and better, this month bringing us two of her best, the first being Sabbath Prayer, and the second being La Belle au Bois Dormant. To say that we’re grateful for her continuing contributions is an understatement. We’re much more than grateful for her prodigious talent. After too long of an absence, DonJuan Writer is back with Art!? Has Anyone Seen Art?!, taking a closer look at the creative process. Aorist Chunes’ installment this month of The Roundabout is called Families, Feudalism, and Free Markets in SL.  Aorist has a keen eye not just for fashion, but for how fashion fits in our world. Stay tuned for more fashion insights from Aorist in coming issues. Wu has been delighting us with her unpredictable but always entertaining column, She Rezzed. This month marks her sixth installment and she will leave you enchanted with her latest offering. Art Blue takes another look at the Chelsea Hotel and introduces us to a new art talent, SHTutti, in Rembrandt Meets Tutti.  Rembrandt doesn’t have anything on Tutti. So there you have it, our contribution to the arts here in SL and our gift to you, our esteemed readers. The State of the Arts, as you will read, is very strong. Jami Mills https://issuu.com/rezslmagazine/docs/february_2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January rez Posted

read the January issue of rez in Issuu:
https://issuu.com/rezslmagazine/docs/january_2018




















 
 
We’re starting 2018 off with a loud bang, bringing you some of the finest poetry and storytelling in any world, virtual or otherwise.  Who would we rather have start off the issue than the always surprising and endlessly fascinating Art Blue?  This month we feature the first of a three-part series called Sand Meets Water.  Sit back and enjoy the ride. Shyla the Super Gecko is well known in poetry circles and has allowed us to share with you her poem Snowflake Strong, about strength and perseverance. We hope to hear more from the Super Gecko in upcoming issues. And Wu also starts off the year with the fifth installment of her moody, atmospheric, and titillating series, She Rezzed.  Jullianna Juliesse discovered a sister she never knew and immediately did what any gifted poet would do - - she penned for her sister an extraordinary poem. This one is called Helix.  Aorist Chunes, who is a successful model in her own right, gives us a very interesting historical look at modeling and compensation in The History of Modeling and Monetary Compensation.  We hope she’ll be able to contribute a monthly column on the fashion industry, called The Roundabout. Cat Boccaccio, the queen of the short short story, is up to her usual brevity in Nona, a story about space and an ill-timed malfunction that causes a great deal of anxiety among the crew. Dearstluv Writer contributes a stunning plea to give the phone a rest and enjoy Nature’s bounty. To Sleep Perchance to Plagiarize is Zymony Guyot’s hilarious bebop poem about the second oldest profession - - stealing prose. And finally, RoseDrop Rust closes out our issue with a sizzling bit of heart racing erotica. And there you have it! Enjoy this month’s issue from our wellspring of talent.  See you next month.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November/December rez Posted

Read the November/December of rez in Issuu:
https://issuu.com/rezslmagazine/docs/november-december_202017



















In keeping with rez tradition, we’re combining the November and December issues into a single “holiday” issue to give our tireless staff a much needed break. But that just means that this issue is that much better. Art Blue is up to his old tricks again with his tribute to Blade Runner, Rawsand.  It’s so hard to keep up with Art’s imaginative vision, but we all know by now that his futuristic world is both fascinating and thought provoking. Cat Boccaccio, who is known for her economy of words with her incomparable micro-fiction, stretches out a little bit this month with Rescue, where she tells a story of an excruciatingly awkward family gathering. Speaking of brevity, Monsters, by RoseDrop Rust, is undoubtedly the shortest piece of fiction ever to appear in rez, but believe me, it packs a punch. Long time contributor, Consuela Hypatia Caldwell, offers us Empty Night, one of her finest poems to date, a pensive piece about quite desperation.  We are happy to feature a lovely piece by Trinana Peach, titled Landscape of a Memory, a brooding poem about remembrances of things past. Our phenomenally talented Jullianna Juliesse gives us an achingly thoughtful reflection about endings and new beginnings with Finally Free.  And lastly, RoseDrop Rust composes an enigmatic message for the always nonjudgmental answering machine in Violent Means.  On behalf of the entire rez staff, we wish you joyful holidays filled with love and laughter. We’ll see you next year!