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Interview with Cover Artist Mehrdad Isvandi

by on Apr 1, 2014 in Interviews | 1 comment

Mehrdad Isvandi came to Apex’s attention on Tumblr, where his work stands out in both attention to detail and innovative themes. We are pleased that he had the time for this interview with Loraine Sammy. APEX MAGAZINE: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself as a concept artist and designer? MI: My name is Mehrdad Isvandi. I was born in 1985 in Ahvaz, Iran. Since childhood I’ve had a strong interest in visual arts and drawing. I entered university to major in Graphics. Later on I felt this potential could flourish as a designer, so I decided to enter the animation industry where I began to have my own style. In 2004 I started as an animator, later moving to the...

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After Our Bodies Fail

by on Apr 1, 2014 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

Humans are ridiculous and wonderful. We are incandescent spirits walking around inside clumsy, fragile meat–puppets, and we are such clever creatures that we routinely exceed the survivability limits of our bodies. Every day, many of us hurl ourselves into the world at speeds exceeding 60 mph, wear lightweight clothing despite temperatures that could cause hypothermia and death, and stand beside our food while we bombard it with electromagnetic radiation that can cook flesh from the inside out. We think nothing of it. When our bodies fail to work the way we want them to, we apply the same ferocious ingenuity to surpassing physical limitations imposed upon us. As a...

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Repairing the World

by on Apr 1, 2014 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

By the time Lila and Bridger arrived, the sitting room floor was already part savannah. Yellow grass grew on dirt where hardwood had once been. The border between grass and floor hissed and threw up sparks as the savannah crept towards the davenport on one side, the longcase clock on another and towards Lila on a third. On the fourth, the grass seemed to stretch through a wide hole in the far wall to a pale green horizon. The intrusion, however, couldn’t have breached the far wall yet. The house hadn’t collapsed. Lila ticked a mechanical dragonfly with the time, location, and the nature of this intrusion, wound it up then threw it into the air. Its wings blurred as...

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Aristeia

by on Apr 1, 2014 in Poetry | 0 comments

Zeus with the migraine that was Athene smashed his skull open on his stepson’s maul, split free a tall spear of a girl as unbreachable as logic and beguiling as a myth while the lag–footed blacksmith glanced down at his burnt hands and faded underground again. A god who crashes once to earth buries himself within it, forge–roaring Etna and the tindery fields of Claudius’ Ostia hammering out the shape of fires to come, lyre–lit Rome, the charred olives of Athens and the armor that saved Achilles as surely as a poem turns aside a bomb. Get out of my head, older artificer, take axe and tongs if you have to, you cannot break this grip of pain on me. I will smelt it...

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Tell Me the World is a Forest

by on Apr 1, 2014 in Poetry | 0 comments

Tell me in the forest there are mushrooms and typewriters. Tell me mushrooms taste good and typewriters never rust. Tell me how typewriters spawn like fireflies at lunar eclipse, how they      settle down like ash among mushrooms and moss. Tell me you’ll show me. Tell me there’s a temple where girls go to cut themselves — and once      a century the bloodflower blooms. Tell me you picked it. Tell me you ran through the forest. Tell me what chased you. Tell me you climbed. Tell me you slept in wet branches. Tell me you woke in the night, looked down in the moonlight, saw      a wild man...

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