The Orris: A Cultural Journal

Artist Profile: Hilary Emerson Lay

My advice to someone just starting out on their journey to become a successful artist is to treat your art like a job right from the get-go. You’d never slack off at your day job; apply the same work ethic to your art.

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The Thesauri Crisii

It happened on the campaign trail of the presidential election of 2000. Five years before conspiracy theorists concluded that Dick Cheney brought explosives to the levees of New Orleans, major news organizations trumpeted that he “brought gravitas to the ticket.” No less than 16 different news commentators touted the same word-for-word hyperbolic revelation.

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Dali Drew Comic Books: Bryan Ramey

The purpose of his art is to “stir a passion in the audience,” “to transport you either metaphysically or emotionally.” He hopes his work “reminds them of something deep,” that “it haunts them.”

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Moments in Nature: Christopher Ives

In the words of Henry David Thoreau, ‘I have been anxious to improve the nick of time… to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line.’ In a very objective way, releasing the shutter for me is just that, to capture the present moment, and ‘toe its line’.

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Spotlight: Joshua Baptista

“I don’t want to tell people what to think with my work. I feel that there is enough white noise out there. I don’t expect people to have the same relationship with the work that I do”: The Orris asks mixed media artist Joshua Baptista about art, death, and inspiration.

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 The Orris Book Swap @ Allston Village Street Fair

The Orris is hosting a book swap at the Allston Village Street Fair this Sunday, September 23 from 12-6. The Allston Village Street Fair is an all-ages, free event featuring live music, street performances…

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Poetry: Valentina Cano

It happened when I wasn’t looking.

It came, dragging its chains

of scorching days,

each fused to gather your image.

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Artist Profile: Ernest Williamson

I’ve always been fascinated with visual art and poetics; however, I came to the realization that I was an artist at the age of nineteen. After a nervous breakdown, I began to create visual art at a feverish rate and interest in my work grew rapidly.

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Motivation

I was so far back from the starting line I couldn’t hear the starter gun. As I crossed the starting line, I started my stopwatch, hearing the beep that had become all too familiar the past two months. It was hard to move, one step too fast and I was running over somebody…

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Poetry: Michael Brownstein

They could not bury them fast enough,

the rain thick and slippery, the mud a river,

and in the morning’s blue sky, a whip of cloud,

pink haze, great green vines hugging short trees to strangle

August 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

He’s a Vampire

Not long ago, a noted academic

Told me, in reference

To my misuse of the word “polemic”

In an abysmal book review sentence,,,

August 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Art: Fabio Sassi

“I’m inspired by putting together different subjects trying to create weird perspectives. I’m also inspired by the news and the global issues.” The Orris shares the eco-political artwork of Fabio Sassi.

August 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Black Jesus

An impulse as irresistible as in the acorn to germinate is in the soul of the prophet to speak. —Ralph Waldo Emerson. Bobby Barrow couldn’t seem to get the chicken and rice on his fork fast enough, as he shoveled it into his mouth much like he had been shoveling dirt

August 17, 2012 · 10 Comments

“Revelation”

Most things change,

leave shards.

The spirit-letter thing

stays hard.

-Guy Rotella

Illustration: Bryan Ramey

August 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Farmers Markets In Your City

We love the harvest season, that period of late summer and fall when the crops have ripened, the bounty picked, and the bushels are brought to market to share. The vibrancy and tenacity of the harvest is best showcased at local farmers markets.

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Le Gris des Fleurs

A day in the seasonless house.

For each grey, a flower

. . .

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Spotlight: The power of “o-c-O-C” : Environmental Organizing

Trevor Lovell, the environmental program coordinator for Public Citizen’s Texas office and co-founder of ReEnergize Texas, speaks on the power of “o-c-O-C” (pronounced “aukuh-aukuh”).

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Spotlight: The Maine Farm Chick

There’s this bumper sticker I keep seeing, “No Farms, No Food.” I guess that’s the basic nature of it. But beyond that, people tend to see neatly packaged food in the supermarket and forget where it came from.

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Man v. Car

I don’t know why I’m out here

On worn-down tires and pitted

Chrome, red and yellow sparks

Flying in little comets from

July 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Call for Submissions: Competition

The Orris is seeking critical and creative work on the theme of “Competition” for our next issue. Essays, fiction, poetry, artwork, photography, music, film, and other digital mediums are welcomed.

July 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Planet is Creative and So Must We Be

Ecologists, rooted mostly in scientific disciplines are woefully ill-equipped to communicate their systemic ideas to the mechanically trained minds of Western Industrialized citizens. Support and initiation of this cultural shift must originate from the arts.

July 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

Allston D.I.Y Fest and The Orris Book Swap

Allston D.I.Y Fest is a free celebration of Do-It-Yourself ingenuity and creativity taking place this Saturday, July 21 in Ringer Park, Allston, MA. The festival is organized by a collective of Allston locales, promoting participation from the community at every level.

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Artist Profile: Roeya Amigh

“I want the viewer to come close to my paintings. To look at my paintings.” The Orris sat down with painter Roeya Amigh to discuss her work, her Iranian home, and the necessarily fine line between beauty and darkness.

July 17, 2012 · 1 Comment

Issue Three: Letter from the Editor

To live environmentally is not just to work toward conservation, but to be an observant, mindful participant in our complex global, social and natural ecosystems. In this issue of The Orris, we look at the environment as not only the natural world around us …

July 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Issue Three: Table of Contents

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From Black Thumb to Secret Garden

I am not a gardener. Before living in urban Massachusetts I grew up in New York City. The red clay that passed as soil in our yard was not only impossible to dig through; it was all but impermeable. Flowers and plants grew, but only with a lot of hard work and persistence.

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Artist Profile: Adam LoRusso

How do you represent the boundaries of the known world? Adam LoRusso seems to have found a way. The Orris interviewed this talented artist, illustrator and tattoo artist who has developed a unique style to explore “both the seen and unseen…”

May 1, 2012 · 1 Comment

American Dream Recommendations

Orris Contributors share their favorite American Dream inspired works like Arcade Fire’s “Modern Man,” Sherry Garland’s “Shadow of the Dragon” and Ilan Stavan’s “Spanglish”

April 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Looking at You, Twenty-Four Years On

We remember imperfectly, thank God;

you across to me; me across to you.

Still some measure of sympathy, I guess:

parity, we realized early on,

is one sure recipe for disaster —

April 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

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