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Witch Bottles and Satellites

Witch Bottles and Satellites

By Jesse Ring     Witch Bottles, stoneware vessels used in 17th century England to place protective spells and block incantations of ill will, are complex relics that serve as both ...
Editorial: Issue 97

Editorial: Issue 97

By Kris Bespalec-Davis   Objects and images, preserved in archives, or immaterial and memorialized in the annals of memory: these are Relics.   They are evocative, even provocative, ...
Taurus crockettensis: A Tennessee Relic

Taurus crockettensis: A Tennessee Relic

By Beauvais Lyons   More than 5,000 years ago, curious mammals with the body of a raccoon and a broad head and horns resembling those of a bull traveled in packs as they roamed the woodlands ...
Transmutations: I was baptized in a bathtub with glitter

Transmutations: I was baptized in a bathtub with glitter

By Liz Scofield     “I choose to believe in magic,” I say, “Why not? It’s as real and not real as anything else. As you, or me.” I am folded into her, tucked into a dark corner of a ...
Slides and Relics

Slides and Relics

By Kerr Houston     Let’s begin by imagining a scene. In a solemn, darkened chamber, an expectant crowd gazes upward. The general mood might be called reverential. Above glows a rich ...
Little Happy Teeth Around the World – A Comic Travelogue

Little Happy Teeth Around the World – A Comic Travelogue

By Rylan Thompson   Almost nine years ago, my wife Susan and I were married and set off on a six-month honeymoon around the world. Funded mostly by our wedding attendees, we departed Chicago ...
Passing

Passing

By Adrienne Brown-David     My current work focuses on the fleeting nature of black girlhood as it compares to the fleeting nature of bird watching. Each painting is a solitary girl, ...
Color Meditations – A Reliquary

Color Meditations – A Reliquary

By Sue Fox     Times are tough. Everything seems difficult and downright frustrating…politics, the environment, social media, traffic. The constant push to go faster, smarter, and ...
What Can Never Be

What Can Never Be

By Raph Cornford   You are not the institution you represent/attend/promote. You never will be. At best you have compromised with a failing system to do what good you can in chaotic and ...