Issue No. 1, Summer 2012

Primavera (2012)
Ariane Ramirez

Eurydice in the Morning
Valentina Cano

She stopped running.
Her legs trembled
as her muscles locked shut,
a groan of metallic sinew
pulling tight.
There was nothing to do
but gaze out at the land
she wouldn’t reach,
the fields of flowers
bowing in the morning,
as her body calcified
there in the sun.
A pillar of doubt.
A tower of ifs.

Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time either writing or reading. Her works have appeared in Exercise Bowler, Blinking Cursor, Theory Train, Cartier Street Press, Berg Gasse 19, Precious Metals, A Handful of Dust, The Scarlet Sound, The Adroit Journal, Perceptions Literary Magazine, Welcome to Wherever, The Corner Club Press, Death Rattle, Danse Macabre, Subliminal Interiors, Generations Literary Journal, Super Poetry Highway, Stream Press, Stone Telling, Popshot, Golden Sparrow Literary Review, Rem Magazine, Structo, The 22 Magazine, The Black Fox Literary Magazine, Niteblade, Tuck Magazine, Ontologica, Congruent Spaces Magazine, Pipe Dream, Decades Review, Anatomy, Lowestof Chronicle, Muddy River Poetry Review, Lady Ink Magazine, White Masquerade Anthology, and Perhaps I’m Wrong About the World. You can find her here:

Ariane Ramirez is a student at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Inspired by her brother, she is currently pursuing a B.A. in Special Education (because special people are a hundred times more awesome than so-called “normal” individuals). She is a mom, a hardcore procrastinator, pessimist, and overall just a tiny, angry black storm cloud in combat boots. She is mesmerized by the cosmos and spellbound by violin songs. She’d also like to point out that she is not a real artist, but enjoys pretending to be one in her spare time. Some of her obsessions include video games, skulls, owls, and cheese. Visit her: