Volume 2, Issue iv
Wild Greens 2, no. 4 (February 2022)
Welcome to the February 2022 issue of Wild Greens
From Whence We Have Come
by Smrutirekha DalaiHey you,.That afternoon when I lookedat you, it dawned upon me thatsometimes the sun might not be the cause of mesweating buckets in boilingweathers.And that, although everyonesmiles between warm anddazzling, yours feels likeChristmas; Ribbons twistingand jingle bells popping outin the middle of the streetas you cross it.Ask me how lovelorn a girlcan be, I'll invite you to cometo my dreams and see.Last night at 3, a 6 year oldme sat gawking at youas you cuddled my Garfieldbear that now lies torn andneglected in some corner ofmy store. They say your loverpartakes in your future, butboy! You are partaking in mypast as well!.That I'd want to eat and playand dance and sing and argueand tease and study with youis all I wish for looking atshooting stars.Love, you are my road nottaken.And my bags are already packed
Take Me With You
by Lisa Molina
Oh, flying/floating/flockof crows
disappearing over the Rumpelstiltskin gold I see before me;
Are you real?
Why can you not come down to earthto take this
mind of visions which I never know to be real or imagined,
and carry it on your wings so that I may rise above this life
of dirt roads leading me to nowhere but madness?
I yearn tofly/floating/forever
up to the
my spirit absorbedby the silverglowing orb.
by Nancy ClarkeThe welcoming aroma of brewed coffeeMy senses awake from this comfortable place of restA tranquil morning, the room bathed in half-lightFloating downstairs and I am greeted with a sweet kissYou know how to make my day shine from the startPeering through the window and I am greeted by soft sunlit raysThe trees are once again full of lifeLush green hues that cannot be missedBlooming flowers filling our garden of loveThe birds singing their usual morning tunesI take a sip of coffee and I sit back with your hand in mineAnother beautiful day
by Lauren Kimball
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the thing with feathers
A Million Promises
by Aimee NicoleAs my condition slowly curls tighter(a greedy snake coiling aroundlungs) and breathsrasp out quick and hurried,please know theone true pleasureI’ve been ableto measure during this currentreincarnationwere your fingerspenning promises to me under sun stroked skies in front of anyone and everyonewho bore witness.
by Aimee NicoleFor the first time in mylife that lingers like thelong drag of a cigarette,I find myself using birthdaywishes so I can find you soonerin the next life.
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by Fern Marshall
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by David Brey
And I said “Stay with me now.”
And you just held on.And you saw it too.______________.
Artists and Contributors
Erin is an elementary school teacher and children's theater director who integrates the dramatic and literary arts in her classroom. Her passion for photography connects her to her late father. Erin finds inspiration in her travels with her family, in major life events, and everyday happenings. She enjoys attending local theater productions and writing about the “good news” in her community.
Smruti thinks that there is a place between "looking for" and "found." That is where she plans to live — in cogitative hiding. She has been writing about things in her head since she was 14. On good days, she calls herself a writer. On bad ones, she laments her heartbreak
Angela Patera is a hobby artist from Lefkada, a small island in Greece. She enjoys drawing anything that inspires her, but mainly does fan art of movie characters and musicians of bands. Recently, after many years, she found her interest in drawing nature and fantasy-inspired art again. You can find her on Instagram: @angela_art13
Lauren Kimball 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.
Holly Genovese is an Austin-based artist working primarily in collage, mixed media, and acrylics. She served as art director for the 2021 issue of PubLab and has shown her work at the Da-Vinci Art Alliance in Philadelphia. In her other life, she is a journalist and Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Aimee Nicole is a chronically ill, queer poet currently residing in Rhode Island. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Roger Williams University and has been published by Cajun Mutt Press, The Nonconformist, and Rye Whiskey Review, among others. Her first collection Daily Worship was published by Laughing Ronin Press Jan 2022. Feel free to follow her on Instagram @aimeenicole525 for awkward selfies and pictures of her cat.
Lisa-Marie Price (b. 1986 Milton Keynes) is a London-based abstract painter who explores the connection between nature, people, and place. Her methodical style is created using handmade watercolor sourced from natural pigment foraged from both urban and rural settings. Lisa never uses shop-bought paint and prides herself on the unique connection between the land and her paintings.
A reclusive creative, Dave enjoys making things in fits and starts when he can get out of his own way. Influenced by American ideals and delusions, he believes that creating and sharing art, writing, music, and love are the why behind all the world's how.
Jacqueline 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 is an artist and writer living in Philadelphia. She designs our seasonal Wild Greens logo and social media avatar.