Volume 2, Issue v
Wild Greens 2, no. 5 (March 2022)
Welcome to the March 2022 issue of Wild Greens
Fragile: Handle with Care
by Myra ChappiusHearts aren’t built with holesThey are woven tight — stackedLike a Jenga tower
Pieces are plucked awayBy circumstance, action, inactionPiled back on topThe base becoming more precarious with each move
We teeterSwaying, second by secondTrying to steady ourselvesAvoiding a fatal pullThe one segment that will cause all the rest to crashThe anxiety, the fearOf finding it all — suddenly — fallenThe insufficient living we do
It may take timeA careful assembling — pieces placed with shaking hands and apprehensionThe sneaky, creeping dance of restraintBut — like the tower — a heart can be reconstructedKnitted together once more — spaces filled by lessons learnedMade whole again
by Douglas HardmanAlert the soldiers Call in the bomb squadA civil war A funeral scoreBlood-soaked arms Tear-stained facesOverture Repudiation
Nobody could have predicted the outcomeExcept everyone who has an inkling of intuitionHow could one man produce so much disaster?Single-handedly disrupting the natural order with a plastic smile and clown tearsI called to arms my biggest enemiesFriends and family alike were invited, but no one dared to RSVPUnbeknownst to me, they’ve seen it all beforeRagged and tired, the troops line up, unenthusiasticallyAnother day, another dramaTurn the page, flip the script
What you read, is not what you seeYou do not have to believe what you see
As soon as the first shot was firedI ran for my lifeWeak legs carrying the weight of my mistakesThe battle-torn streets echoed my nameIt took them three seconds to throw in the towelTheir general AWOL, the soldiers fall stiff on the battlefieldI laid low for six days to ensure I could rest on the seventhMessages in empty whisky bottles I could not dare to sendHow much more damage could I let my pen do?
Caskets with rainbow flagsPrescription bottles with no warning label
The daylight burns the color out of my eyesMy bloodied knuckles covered in dust and dried-up tequila sunriseI grasped to the familiarBut it was no longer therePopulation: zeroBecause I did not think I made it out aliveAlone again, something felt differentThe same old had not warranted the same old feelingThere was a change afootI didn’t dare dust myself offSo I could see who I was in the mirrorTake a good look, discover a new foundationLearn to let go of all my trepidation
A turned new leaf from the same treeAiring on the side of reckless positivity
by Nancy ClarkeNot thinking before words leave lipsNot watching before missteps cause slipsUnmindful of ill words spokenHopeful hearts are torn and brokenDoesn’t matter what damages are causedSo foolish to believe all gains might as well be lostTrampling others feeling mighty and highLiving it up, spreading liesLaughing away, ignoring the criesNothing to lose, nothing to fear?Carefree as though the end isn’t near
What We Hide
The Grand Unopening
by Lauren Kimball
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Artists and Contributors
Myra’s (she/her) passion for writing began at a young age. While her early focus was on poetry, she has expanded in recent years to short fiction and is currently at work on a full-length novel. She is an avid reader with a deep love for cinema, theatre and a nice cup of tea.
Irina Novikova (she/her) was born in November 1987 in Minsk. She now lives and works in Moscow. She graduated from the State Academy of Slavic Cultures with a degree in art and the Moscow Humanitarian and Technical Academy with a degree in design. Her first personal exhibition, "May soul is like a wild hawk" (2002), was held in Maxim Bogdanovich’s Literary Museum. In her work, she often addresses the theme of ecology.
Douglas (he/him/they) is a veterinary technician by day and a brooding lyricist/poet by night. He has a background in theatre and journalism, with a few original productions under his belt and a national award in collegiate journalism for editing and writing. Philadelphia has been home since August 2019, and he has loved pursuing different mediums, forever being inspired by the beauty of the city. Check out their Instagram @the_hideaway16 for snippets of unpublished poetry and song lyrics. His personal Instagram is @caliboynewyorkmind.
Arts Editor and Artist
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 story-teller. 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.
Nancy (she/her) (@xrockravenx) resides in South Jersey with her husband and two sons. Over the last year, Nancy has decided to get back in touch with her creative/artistic side. She has a dedicated IG page, (@xchilledzenx) for all of her landscape and skyscape photography. She is also a beginner yogi enthusiast and enjoys all things sunsets, the moon and the beach. Nancy looks forward to submitting more of her poetry to Wild Greens!
DARKRECONSTRUCTION (they/them) is an emerging nonbinary queer artist working in acrylic and watercolor paints, creating abstract expressionist paintings and murals. They currently live and create art in Queens, NY. Their art is an eco-brutalist approach to expressionism, a marriage between organic textures and urban visuals, with an occasional vaporwave twist. More of their work can be seen on their website www.darkreconstructionart.com and on instagram @darkreconstruction
Lynne Marie Rosenberg
Lynne Marie Rosenberg (she/her) is a performer turned advocate turned Emmy-nominated content maker turned visual artist. She is the host and creator of the interview show, "Famous Cast Words" on New York's PBS affiliate station, ALL ARTS, and the one-person-band behind the Etsy store, Hungry Bodhisattva. Lynne works predominantly in graphite and ink with additional forays into charcoal, watercolor, and stop motion animation. www.LynneMarieRosenberg.com, IG: @LynneMarieRosenberg VENMO: @Lynne-Rosenberg-1
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.
Writer & Photographer
Angie (she/her) came to Philly from south-central PA 15 years ago. Trained as a veterinary nurse, she is currently a research coordinator helping (human) cancer patients enroll in immunotherapy trials at Penn. Her travels have taken her across four continents (so far) and her special interests include bird- and wildlife-watching, hiking, and storytelling.
Find her on Instagram: @angiercosey
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.