Category: Issue 20

Prologue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kate Puxley was born in Edmonton, Alberta and has since lived in Toronto, Ottawa, Rome and Montreal. After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University in 2005, she extended her practice beyond the palette, and became a certified taxidermist. She specializes in large charcoal drawings, collage, sculpture and ethical taxidermy (found animals, predominantly road kill.)  Puxley has apprenticed with taxidermists in Canada, the UK, Austria and Italy.  In 2011 she was invited to create a diorama at The Museum of Zoology in Rome, Italy and in 2016 presented her on-going installation ‘Trans-Canada’ at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Ontario.  She recently completed her MFA in Sculpture at Concordia University, in Montreal, Quebec.

Mount #10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kate Puxley was born in Edmonton, Alberta and has since lived in Toronto, Ottawa, Rome and Montreal. After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University in 2005, she extended her practice beyond the palette, and became a certified taxidermist. She specializes in large charcoal drawings, collage, sculpture and ethical taxidermy (found animals, predominantly road kill.)  Puxley has apprenticed with taxidermists in Canada, the UK, Austria and Italy.  In 2011 she was invited to create a diorama at The Museum of Zoology in Rome, Italy and in 2016 presented her on-going installation ‘Trans-Canada’ at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Ontario.  She recently completed her MFA in Sculpture at Concordia University, in Montreal, Quebec.

Flesh #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kate Puxley was born in Edmonton, Alberta and has since lived in Toronto, Ottawa, Rome and Montreal. After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University in 2005, she extended her practice beyond the palette, and became a certified taxidermist. She specializes in large charcoal drawings, collage, sculpture and ethical taxidermy (found animals, predominantly road kill.)  Puxley has apprenticed with taxidermists in Canada, the UK, Austria and Italy.  In 2011 she was invited to create a diorama at The Museum of Zoology in Rome, Italy and in 2016 presented her on-going installation ‘Trans-Canada’ at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Ontario.  She recently completed her MFA in Sculpture at Concordia University, in Montreal, Quebec.

Hunt #14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kate Puxley was born in Edmonton, Alberta and has since lived in Toronto, Ottawa, Rome and Montreal. After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University in 2005, she extended her practice beyond the palette, and became a certified taxidermist. She specializes in large charcoal drawings, collage, sculpture and ethical taxidermy (found animals, predominantly road kill.)  Puxley has apprenticed with taxidermists in Canada, the UK, Austria and Italy.  In 2011 she was invited to create a diorama at The Museum of Zoology in Rome, Italy and in 2016 presented her on-going installation ‘Trans-Canada’ at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Ontario.  She recently completed her MFA in Sculpture at Concordia University, in Montreal, Quebec.

Tan #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kate Puxley was born in Edmonton, Alberta and has since lived in Toronto, Ottawa, Rome and Montreal. After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University in 2005, she extended her practice beyond the palette, and became a certified taxidermist. She specializes in large charcoal drawings, collage, sculpture and ethical taxidermy (found animals, predominantly road kill.)  Puxley has apprenticed with taxidermists in Canada, the UK, Austria and Italy.  In 2011 she was invited to create a diorama at The Museum of Zoology in Rome, Italy and in 2016 presented her on-going installation ‘Trans-Canada’ at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Ontario.  She recently completed her MFA in Sculpture at Concordia University, in Montreal, Quebec.

 

Montage

Begin with strips of light left over from
Splicing reels of celluloid: an image
Of a woman’s hand, a horse bolting,
Bees circling a flower, slanted sunlight,
The horse’s hooves, and motes of pollen.
A man and a woman walking somewhere
Isolated—while a trolley car winds
Through Zurich, Einstein
Thinks relativity into being, the woman’s
Hand holds on to a railing, the ship
Pulls away, and dinner waits steaming
On the table, but the chairs are empty.
During the blitz, a Polish refugee plays
Mozart in the tube beneath Trafalgar Square.
Walls crumble. Some moments are black and
White and even silent. Others are in colors so
Rich they make our eyes hurt—but on a small
Table gloved fingers flatten and assemble the
Curling strips, rearrange them into one order and
Then another. In this story, the hero survives.
In that one, he dies. The poem can open
And close the same way regardless. Bees
Circle a flower. Autumn sunlight. A woman’s hand.

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George Franklin practices law on Miami Beach, teaches writing in Florida prisons, and even subs for the occasional yoga class.  He received his MFA from Columbia and his PhD from Brandeis.  His poems have been published in Salamander, The Threepenny Review, Verse, The Ghazal Page, and Vending Machine Press, and his criticism has been published in ELH.

Now is Forever

And it is written:
You belong to no one.
Yet the dead own me.
What am I to make
of this strange paradox?
I see faces in the bathroom
mirror. I think they miss
this house where I now
live. Perhaps they are
trapped? Who, after all,
can tell the difference
between longing and duty?
But when I look again, they
disappear as if they were
never there at all. And I
thought that was my story.

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Michelle Brooks’ work has been published or is forthcoming in Threepenny Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Iowa Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Natural Bridge, and elsewhere. Her poetry collection, Make Yourself Small, was published by Backwaters Press, and her novella, Dead Girl, Live Boy, was published by Storylandia Press.