Issue Four:
Starfish

By Lorette C. Luzajic

You used to dream of houses, of being lost inside, in endless corridors tangled into mazes. The walls were crooked and went every which way and there were all these old photographs jumbled in every hallway.
Here is a man moving forward to pull a handful of dandelions into a bouquet; a shy girl is just off to the side, a small smile, and the shock of the sun in her pale hair. And here, a toddler in a cartwheel. Five unfamiliar faces smiling awkwardly in front of a spindly Christmas tree. In some rooms, the pictures show a man you barely know, with a grin like an old piano. In others, an imposter, dressed as the man you loved, a sailor, hands cupped with starfish and rain.
You take pills so you won’t remember your dreams. They are always the forever sea, as deep as eternity, swallowing you whole, because it did.

About the Contributor

Lorette C. Luzajic is an artist and writer from Toronto, Canada. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts in journalism at Ryerson University. Today she is the editor of The Ekphrastic Review: writing and art on art and writing at www.ekphrastic.net and the author of over fifteen books of poetry, fiction, and prose on art and culture. She writes a regular column on Wine and Art at Good Food Revolution. She has also been published in hundreds of print and online journals including Cargo Literary, Donut Factory, Rattle, Adbusters, Modern Poetry, Grain, the Fiddlehead, Book Slut, Everyday Fiction, the Wonder Café, White Wall Review, Hood, Geez, Black Napkin, Art Ascent, Poetry Canada, and more. Her short story was recently nominated for Best of the Net. Lorette also incorporates literary themes, poetry, and text into her visual mixed media artwork, which has been exhibited and collected locally and globally, from Italy to India to Mexico. Visit her at www.mixedupmedia.ca.


Losslit canon

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers

This incredible story is everything its title promises. After losing both of their parents, an older brother takes care of the younger one, the two of them against the world. Living intensely is how they survive grief, at the same time sorting out the usual maze of childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. The narrative is imaginative and risky. Tumbling, euphoric words and erratic shifts let the reader share in the frantic mood swings from vivid epiphanies to helpless confusion. The story is often hilarious, but the heartbreak will never leave you.

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