Archive for the “Carousel Lit” Category

Folding Tissue Paper: The Significance of Fragility in Allegra Frazier’s “Funerals I Have Been To”

How soft, how heavy, are grey clouds on the eyes? Picture anatomy in focus: the soft embrace of organs to blood. Imagine the allure of comprehension to the mind, watery and luminescent—necessary. Address the rhetoric of grappling heartbeats, what they miss in solitude, in remembrance. Allegra Frazier’s composition, “Funerals I Have Been To,” coaxes a […]

Original Poetry: Affectious (Nocxion, Seasonal)

EQUINOX I: Nineteen winters and snowy smoke tapped tumors on my sweater–   dormant in this while.   EQUINOX II: Trees chipped in slug baths as you gathered ratio bits of autumn into   round discs on the lawn.   Yesterday’s dissected gourds (yours) mouthed squishy, silver obscenities at me   from the front porch. […]

Females as Monster Enablers (Two): (In Kathe Koja’s “Skin”) by Brittany Warren

“You spoke of art, but photographed in epitaphs. I obtained you in original plastic, my genuine flesh-and-bite blend of womanly theory and struggle. Forever, still, your motive is most beautiful.” Worms originate in Fallopia, each engaged one (times) one. Sometimes singular nouns are divided into deconstructed plurals. One worm elegantly smears the innards of an […]

Females as Monster Enablers (One): (In Charlee Jacob’s “This Symbiotic Fascination”)

Editor’s Introduction Dear Orphans, I know what you’re thinking. Literary Orphans Journal, doing a lit crit column!? You bet. Underneath the Algrenian slang and broken sentences, through the sharp ticky-tack of the Royko snark, and the punk rawk ethos that shies away from Ivory Towerism–there lies a foundation of literary criticism. Theory applied to short […]