Issue No. 1, Summer 2012

Untitled (2012)
Eleanor Leonne Bennett

To Demeter
Genevieve Salazar

mother, at 12 i found
that tiny pink notepad
you kept at the corner
of your bed beneath
the mattress, in light
pencil written: one
kiwi. slice bread.
tomato juice

i stood by your vanity
and watched, mother,
the hours you spent
burning bitter holes
into the mirror –
the way your bony
fingers plucked at the
soft flesh of your belly
and i thought, “i will

refuse to do this” but
here i am, mother, the
incense burning strong
and the smoke stinging
my eyes, my body
cushioned against
egyptian cotton
and goose down

waiting to be eclipsed,
snuffed out by the
shadow of his body, and
all i know is maybe
it won’t be enough –
good thing it’s dark
in here – maybe i’m
not enough

the gods all wonder
why i was taken; me,
the sweet veil before
summer, the girl
with spring growing
underneath her
pink tongue

and now, mother, you
can be the one to
tell them: there was
no violent abduction,
no heavy persuasion
or charm, no black
chariot bursting from
the soil beneath my feet

there was only ever you,

Genevieve Salazar is currently earning her MA in Writing and Publishing at DePaul University and is an (over)zealous reader, writer and lover of anything and everything that moves and breathes magic and words.

Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16-year-old internationally award-winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic, The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland Trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in The Telegraph, The Guardian, the BBC News website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited, having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles, Florida, Washington, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Germany, Japan, Australia and The Environmental Photographer of the Year Exhibition (2011) amongst many other locations. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run. See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010.