by James Morehead
beneath dimmed chandeliers gripping the mic and dripping sweat onto the barricade rushers below. Perhaps I hear sugar hiccups on cheerios or little red come back as I twist my ear plugs tighter to push pack the pulsing bass and distortion pedal screech. I try inventing lyrics: be true my love, be true until nightfall becomes you! But love songs can't be her thing as she slashes a mic stand above the moshing crowd— swells that crash in waves against barriers held firm by arm-crossed roadies. I'm a voyeur in the balcony surrounded by a thousand Owseichik posters dancing in psychedelic swirls.
by Ana Jovanovska
James Morehead is Poet Laureate of Dublin, California. James has published two collections of poetry: “canvas” and “portraits of red and gray”. James’ poem “tethered” was transformed into an award-winning hand drawn animated short film, “dissolving in the gallery” was set to music for baritone and piano, and his poems have appeared on NPR, SF Chronicle’s Total SF, Cathexis Northwest Press, Beyond Words Magazine, Wingless Dreamer, Prometheus Dreaming, Quillkeepers Press, and others. He also hosts the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast which features interviews with poets and artists. “In this second collection of poems, James Morehead’s imagery is vivid, spare and elemental, and it is consistently chosen and arranged to achieve intensely poetic effects. The rhythmic control is impeccable.” – Carmine Di Biase, Distinguished Professor of English, Emeritus – Jacksonville State University
Ana Jovanovska was born in 1991 in Macedonia. She holds an MFA in the Graphic Art Field. Her practice is rooted in deep observation and reaction to the current times and spaces. Ana has had 12 independent, and more than 250 group exhibitions around the world.Instagram: www.instagram.com/anajovanovska/