The Orris: A Cultural Journal

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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September 18, 2012

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’.

September 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

Poetry: Valentina Cano

It happened when I wasn’t looking.

It came, dragging its chains

of scorching days,

each fused to gather your image.

September 11, 2012

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

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

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

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

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