Posts Tagged "apex magazine"

Statistics vs. Story

by on Nov 4, 2014 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

1734 WORDS As an author of historical fiction, there are several debates about what to do and what not to do as an author that I don’t hear as much in regard to other genres. “Realism” has more rigid boundaries for many people, sensitive topics like racism, sexism, religion, and politics cause even more friction through the author’s treatment of them, and everyone has their own ideas about how much research serves a story versus how much it gets in the way. In discussion forums and at conventions, variations on these same topics rear their heads afresh anytime new people get involved in the dialogue. Of course, as an author, the job is to tell a good story, not to make...

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Sonnet 29

by on Nov 4, 2014 in Poetry | 0 comments

107 WORDS Ghost or angel, you never leave me. You cinch my waist like the skirt of scales I slipped out of. Breathing becomes labored, like gulps of air a swimmer takes head–turned. Tonight, I decide to stay in the husk of a woman; to peel over bruises. What’s left of me, the inside part, the round eye of seed and fruit, sees only you.   Although I cannot touch you, though I tire of calling your name, what sad fury, what waiting, what want sharks around me in a circle. If I survive: row my way again to shore. The vultures, mad with fever, will smell a new life crowning. Ama Codjoe is an educator, dance artist, and emerging poet with roots in Memphis and Accra.  She...

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Brains, Brains, Brains

by on Nov 4, 2014 in Poetry | 3 comments

300 WORDS most times we wait for bone harvest to flesh for first sigh of blood for grunt work’s spin   we guard our knees drag our limbs tilt scarred hands towards amber dusk and rise from the trenches   our unmoored unalivenees moans somewhere inside of us where dark things scratch blood heat’s caw awakens our belly clocks as sharp as book spines   our meals are co–authored shameless gang — braining fantasies anthropophagical cravings   newborn thighs silk fine lust stacked husband plucked from football monday’s with beer dripping breasts divorcee tongues marinated in rocket sauce   first bite fractures the undeadness      an inoperable...

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Interview with Mark Greyland

by on Nov 4, 2014 in Interviews | 4 comments

1063 WORDS APEX MAGAZINE: Mark Greyland is a talented creator who transforms his art into a sensory and visual experience, and Apex Magazine is lucky to feature him as our November cover artist. Hello Mark! We’re thrilled to have your art featuring the cover of our magazine. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself as an artist? How did you discover your love of making art? MARK GREYLAND: Much of the art I do comes from my synesthesia, a lifelong condition of sensory blending. I have always been drawn to the powerful images that are found in nature but as time went on I found that what drew me was often either invisible or irrelevant to the other artists, much less...

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Guided Breathing Exercise: Being Mindful of the Succubus in Your Bedroom

by on Nov 4, 2014 in Short Fiction | 3 comments

Steal the Spotlight Winner (Demons) 222 WORDS Breathe in breathe out. Nothing else works. Not crying, screaming, praying or punching. Not the knife. Not even the gun. Breathe in breathe out. Don’t stop. Don’t let the silent space exist. Make the stillness at the top of the in-breath short. And that other quiet place at the bottom of the out-breath no more than a flash. Just lie still. Be aware of your body. Don’t relax. Don’t sink into the softness of the bed. Breathe in breathe out. Don’t look directly at her. When you do she moves into the periphery. But if you focus on the stained spot on the ceiling you can see her. Naked and voluptuous. Long ringleted hair. The...

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