Volume 2, Issue ix
Wild Greens 2, no. 9 (July 2022)
Welcome to the July 2022 issue of Wild Greens
See How the Jacaranda Climbs
And, should I go, please let only clover spring like a Jack in the Box
from my body. Do not attract postcard-perfect roses. No buddleia
and their lances of flowers nosing the air. No orchids, please (do not be seduced
by the Dracula simia's monkey face). No bird of paradise flowers to origami
mourners' hearts into kittens. Let the humble clover go viral from my ribcage
until the plot is greener than a night bingeing on Attenborough. Let them slip
past couriers and food delivery guys, turning patches green while another slice
of pizza is slid down quicker than the finger on tonight's Netflix selection.
Let the nitrogen flow until the rarest of trees and flowers are blooming
and it is broadcast on television sets of Glasswing butterflies. Let the leafcutter
ants say this is a gift on the sails of leaves on their backs and for the rain
and the wind to know this is all I could give.
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A Lil Love Long Goes A Long Way
Let's Save Planet Earth!
Eyes swirling with the molten
cores of marbles, how you shimmy
your way into documentaries,
how you commandeer territory
with a latex throat pulsating
like an '80s Howie Mandel trick.
Film strip spawn - a mirror image.
Jealous are the songbirds
in Disney colours, foxes
stealing sunsets in their fur
and badgers hoarding the night.
You are the unlikeliest lucky charm
who makes the world open, turn.
Mt. Charleston blue butterfly (Icaricia shasta charlestonensis)
An oversized stamp more Rothko
than Mondrian's perfect geometry.
Blue like the framed sky slotting into place.
It collects Clokey's fleabane, Lemmon's
bitterweed, Cooper rubberweed
and sulphur-flower buckwheat
like a diminutive philatelist. Carefully
memorises every taste. Every generation
to come will add to its catalogue
just as I added a part of myself to my son.
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Artists and Contributors
Isabelle Quilty (she/they) is a non-binary writer and poet from regional NSW, Australia. Most of their work is based around LGBTQ+ topics, working towards a greener future and compositions inspired by their South Asian ancestry. They’ve been published by a variety of magazines including Spineless Wonders Queer as Fiction Anthology, Kindling and Sage, Mascara Literary Review, and Demure Magazine. They also have a bachelor’s degree in the Creative Industries and love a good oat milk iced latte. Currently, they’re working on their first short story collection ‘The Dead Flower Society.’
Marina (she/her) is a registered nurse who resides in South Jersey. She has always had an interest in art, and began taking lessons at a young age at My Studio in Haddon Township, NJ. Marina enjoys drawing and painting in her spare time, and also does commission artwork. Marina gets most of her inspiration from hiking, traveling, and movies.
Christian Ward is a UK-based writer who has recently appeared in Open Minds Quarterly, Obsessed with Pipework, Primeval Monster, Dreich, Uppagus, and BlueHouse Journal.
Lauren Kimball (she/her) lives in Philadelphia. She teaches literature and composition at Rutgers University- New Brunswick. In her spare time, she plays with paint, digital pens, words, and home improvement tools.
You can find her comics on Instagram @turtle_n_hare_comic.
Noll Griffin (he/him) is a California-raised digital artist and printmaker of the linoleum print variety currently living in Berlin, Germany. When free he also enjoys playing music for the city's acoustic open mic scene and fermenting foods. You can find him @nollprints on Instagram and @nollthere on Twitter.
Irina Novikova is an artist, graphic artist, and illustrator. She graduated from the State Academy of Slavic Cultures with a degree in art, and also has a bachelor's degree in design.
The first personal exhibition "My soul is like a wild hawk" (2002) was held in the Museum of Maxim Bagdanovich. In her works, she raises themes of ecology. In 2005 she devoted a series of works to the Chernobyl disaster, drawing on anti-war topics. The first big series she drew was The Red Book, dedicated to rare and endangered species of animals and birds. She writes fairy tales and poems, and also illustrates short stories. She draws various fantastic creatures, including unicorns and animals with human faces. She especially likes the image of a woman and bird—a Siren. In 2020, she took part in Poznań Art Week.
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Robin Brownfield (she/her) is a former sociology professor in Collingswood, New Jersey who turned to mosaic art after becoming disabled. She was featured in a FOX-29 (Philadelphia) News report, because after sharing a series of award-winning “Black Lives Matter” mosaic portraits online, she was commissioned by Tamika Palmer to do a mosaic portrait of her daughter, Breonna Taylor, whose death, in part, launched a rebirth of the Black Lives Matter movement. That portrait can be seen in the documentary “Bree Way: Promise Witness Remembrance.” Her award-winning artwork has been in galleries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York City, Las Vegas, Norfolk, Virginia, Texas, Illinois, and San Francisco. She recently finished supervising a community mosaic mural project entitled “Childhood Memories,” which she designed at Thomas Sharp Elementary School in Collingswood, NJ. Above the mural honoring her, is a plaque making her one of those old dead people (in the future) who nobody ever heard of, but whose name is on a plaque. Visit her website, robinbrownfieldmosaics.com, to see more of her work.
Jessica Doble holds a PhD in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She's published two critical works: “Hope in the Apocalypse: Narrative Perspective as Negotiation of Structural Crises in Salvage the Bones” Xavier Review, and “Two-Sides of the Same Witchy Coin: Re-examining Belief in Witches through Jeannette Winterson’s The Daylight Gate” in All about Monsters. Her poetry has appeared in PubLab and Wild Greens magazine.
Myra Chappius (she/her) is the author of six works of fiction and poetry. While her passion lies with shorter creations, it is her aspiration to complete a full-length novel and screenplay someday. She enjoys reading, music, travel, and learning. When not doing mom things, she is working full-time, seeing the latest movie, or waiting an acceptable length of time before returning to Universal Orlando to satiate her Harry Potter obsession.
Jacqueline (she/her) is a senior undergraduate student at the University of California, Riverside, working toward earning her BA in English and creative writing. She was a 2021 publishing fellow with the Los Angeles Review of Books and served as a co-editor, copyeditor, and producer on the fourth issue of PubLab journal. As a bookworm, writer, and homebody at heart, she spends her spare time looking for new fictional worlds she can lose herself in and working on crafting stories of her own.
Maggie Topel (she/her) is an artist and writer living in Philadelphia. She designs our seasonal Wild Greens logo and social media avatar.
Hayley Boyle (she/her) creates the cover image for each issue of Wild Greens magazine and serves as the Arts Editor. Hayley is a social justice seeker, world traveler, rock climber, dog snuggler, frisbee player, event planner, and storyteller. She loves to paint with watercolors, embroider, and write. She grew up reading sci-fi and fantasy, and to this day she still turns to those genres to help her make sense of the world. She calls Philadelphia home and wouldn't have it any other way. You can find Hayley on Instagram @hayley3390 or @haypaints. She accepts commissions, and you can find examples of her work on her website.
Rebecca Lipperini (she/her) is a writer, teacher, and academic living in Philadelphia, and the founding editor of Wild Greens magazine (hi!). She holds a PhD in English from Rutgers University, where she taught all kinds of classes on literature and poetry and writing, and wrote all kinds of papers on the same. Her essay on the soothing aesthetics of the supermarket was recently published in PubLab.