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Forces

Volume 2010 (2017)

Editor Notes

Most years a theme rises to the top of the mix, some underlying motive behind all of our actions and thoughts over the last year. This edition, however, simply marks a theme of absurdity meeting beauty and perseverance like a stick boat on a journey down the curbside in a rainstorm: from a woman facing a visual disability and learning to read later in life to a musing about stirring Kool-Aid with a spoon or one’s arm, from a World War II Victory Garden to the question, “Will Michael meet Farrah in heaven?” Ironically, the absurdity is stoically personified in an interview with Texas Poet Laureate for 2010, Karla Morton, who also shares a few of her poems. The irony, her poems are the result of her writing herself through her battle with cancer: art is hardly the tool with which to battle cancer, is it? That’s absurd.

Complete Issue

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2010Forces
Scott Yarbrough

Photographs

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Goodbye to You, Searching
Alyssa Lancaster

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Meander
Daniel Shipley

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Window #9
Sabrina Mendoza

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Untitled #3
Stephanie Kelly

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Photography
Stephanie Kelly

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Hippie Hollow
Carissa Battaile

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Cold
Shannon L. Williams

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Reflections
Essie P. Graham

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Behind Bars
Essie P. Graham

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Mr. Giggles
Daniel Shipley

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Father
Daniel Shipley

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Empty
Shannon L. Williams

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A Stroll
Brian K. Williams

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Out of Place
Essie P. Graham

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The Honorary Title
Daniel Shipley

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Winter Scene 2
James G. Robinson

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Emi's Feet
Brooke Opie Ragusa

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Addressing My Very Mind
Sabrina Mendoza

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You Stand in the Window
Sabrina Mendoza

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Abandoned
Shannon L. Williams

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Off the Beaten Path
Alyssa Lancaster

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Pottery
Eunice Bridges

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A Train Ride to Happiness
Christina Chuang

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Love Always Mary
Crissa Battaile

Poems

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Tread Soft Here
K.L. Dryk

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Available Light
Brian Fenning

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Trust
Beth Turner Ayers

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Olympians
Molly Boyce

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Vagabond
Kathy Davidson

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New Sheets
Karla Morton

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Words
Angela Cid

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Late Scholarly Nights
Sabrina Mendoza

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Coffee With Friends
Josh Levinstone

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Haiku
Doris Yanger

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My Muse
Mary Baumgartner

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I Don't Know
Brian Fenning

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Addictions
Molly Boyce

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Drafted
Molly Boyce

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Tempus Noctem
K.L. Kdryk

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The Rave
Daniel Sandoval

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Serendipity
Beth Turner Ayers

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Static
Shannon L. Williams

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Privacy Fence
Kathy Davidson

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Glowing in the Dark
Bathshua Thomas

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Intersection
Beth Turner Ayers

Short Stories

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A Soldier's Tree
Betsy Giron

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Different Skies
Beverly Sellers

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Kool-Aid
Beverly Sellers

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The Visitor
Nancy L. Ross

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The Body
Matt Miller

Painting

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Life Drawings
James G. Robinson

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Beholding
Paloma Hernandez

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Desolation
Paloma Hernandez

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Bereaved Soldier
Michele Cave

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Dancers
Michele Cave

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Touch
Brooke Opie Ragusa

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Is It There
Brooke Opie Ragusa

Essays

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Introduction
Scott Yarbrough

Editors

Editor-in-Chief
Scott Yarbrough