by Steven O. Young Jr.
I thought up a story for you. Honest! And it’s not that I can’t remember what it is, though I’m racking my brain, rummaging around these russet roots as if it somehow seeped through my scalp, putting on a good show. It’s simple and straightforward. Too simple and straightforward. It’s about a boy who’d written an adolescent love poem, fidgeting in front of his muse. He tried to recite it from memory, only to forget the lines and think up something more beautiful on the spot. So I can’t help but to keep up this blundering, this stuttering and straining over words I sadly haven’t lost, while trying to improvise something somehow worthier as you look on, bemused.
Over The Sushi Moon
by Greta McGee
Steven O. Young Jr. is practically a recluse submerged within the Great Lakes’ mitten. Before turning hermit, he earned an MA from Oakland University and may be spotted slathering soundstages with paint. His latest works can or will be found within Clepsydra, Reunion: The Dallas Review, and Great Lakes Review.
Greta McGee (she/her) is a Black, lesbian American-Italian born and raised in New York City. She received her Bachelor’s in 2021 from Sarah Lawrence College. Her multi-disciplinary creative works report on the body, spirit, and mind as they work together. Greta’s artwork has been featured in MixedMag, 805 Lit+Art, and CU46 Project. In addition, her work has been exhibited in both virtual and in-person shows through The Holy Art gallery in London and the Van Der Plas Gallery in New York City. Most recently, Greta was the recipient of a Silver Award in a gallery sponsored art competition.