The theme of Local Nomad’s Spring 2015 issue is KILLING GROUND.
As the editor puts it:
- KILLING GROUND — a place to be within, where we go to be other, to be against. Fraught moments, places of fear and striking out: territories, borders, streets, bodies. The barbed line we cross to do harm (or to seek compassion). What we call war, protection, or defense, what we call hatred or expediency.
Here are the stories included in the issue:
- David G. Tilley’s “Jisei” (“Driving eastward on the way home from the dermatologist, I hear myself singing carcinoma to the tune of My Sharona.”)
- Self’s revisionist Biblical story “The Ark” (“There were great stores of food laid up, for Noah knew that the flood would last a long time.”)
- M. Leland Oroquieta’s “Postcard for Hong Kong” (“The fake blonde who doesn’t love me is in my Jag again, searching for peace and composure in the Prada bag I had bought her recently.”)
- Leny Mendoza Strobel’s one-paragraph story “Erosion” (“The erosion of desire flows toward the ocean of Nothing.”)
Yeah, quite an array of styles there. One thing the pieces have in common is: they are all dark.
Here’s an excerpt from William Doreski’s poem “The Big Departure”:
The local hospital has collapsed
in a heap of yellow brick, crushing
the nurses with long painted nails
and the doctors who bought Porsches
to overcome midlife crises.
So I’ve come to the city where screams
linger in the jagged night air
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.