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Forces

Volume 2013 (2017)

Editor Notes

I suppose all writing is about that moment of our journey where we are challenged to find our way past an obstacle; a sudden challenge that gives us reason to search our infant gills for more oxygen, the feeling of being “it” in a game of tag on the playground between the see-saw and slide of our youth. The following works give a picture of us jumping over, burrowing under, sliding beside, cutting through, and even sitting contemplatively on top of the problem. I am reminded of watching my dog Spot when I was young chasing our Siamese cat, Happy, and I wondered what he would do if he caught her? He finally did and having achieved his goal, he had not thought beyond it; in his ignorance, he simply sat on top of the cat for a bit, then let her go. Join this collective/ individual journey of artists jumping bravely across the synaptic gap of creative blocks and challenges to help question what it is to be brave enough to face being human, or what a cuckoo does inside the cuckoo clock when he’s not working, or why chasing the proverbial cat is sometimes more rewarding than catching it.

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2013Forces
Scott Yarbrough

Photographs

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Big Fort Morgan 1
Clark (Omitted)

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Bike Boy
Kimberly Washington

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Black Ocean
Janani Jeganathan

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Death Do Us Part
Ayesha Iftikhar

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I Am Who I Am
Thomas Isaac

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Leaving
Craig Erickson

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Nemo Jesunesan
Janani Jeganathan

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Reflection
Julie Covington

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Sadness - Sad Times
Julie Covington

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Strength
Ayesha Iftikhar

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Summer Love
Devin Gallegos

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The East Window
Craig Erickson

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Veiled
Janani Jeganathan

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Waiting for Love
Melissa Turner

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We all Wear a Mask
Sarah Turner

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Wishing I Could Bake
Kyle Robertson

Poems

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A New Leaf
Philip Fullman

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All the Pretty Girls
Lindsay C. Grassman

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And Nature Sings
Barbara Blanks

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Brown Dwarf
K. L. Dryk

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First Bite
Charles Brown

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For Paige
Lindsay C. Grassman

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I Can't Move
Drane (Omitted)

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Machine Heart
Colby Domino

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Me and a Tree
Craig Erickson

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Memory
Jason Shiroma

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Out Loud
Linda Brooks Alred

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Pasedena
Bonnie Frazier

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Slabs
Keith J. Midgen

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Softly
Bonnie Frazier

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Swallowtail
Bonnie Frazier

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The Spell of the Carousel
Jessica Gonsoulin

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The Worst Disaster Ever
Jessica Gonsoulin

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Two Fools in a Forest
Jessica L. Leeper

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Two Worlds (1962)
Beth Turner Ayers

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Us Vs. Them
D. Knape

Short Stories

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Ghost Patrol
Caleb S. Cage

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Interpretacion de Suenos
Marcio Veloz Maggiolo

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Living on the Edge
Elizabeth Johnson

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Tears for a Son
David K. Sieg

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The Swing
Laurel Leigh Phillips

Painting

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Bleak Tree
Ava Everett

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Cubist Boy
Brandon Sparks

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El Natador
Amy Carter

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Floating Leaf
Ava Everett

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Me
Brandon Sparks

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The Campout
Linda Brooks Alred

Essays

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Alone
Merrily Guyer

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Introduction
Scott Yarbrough

Editors

Editor-in-Chief
Scott Yarbrough
Senior Student Editors
Taurean Hill
Davis Campbell

Special Thanks

Senior Student Editors Taurean Hill and Davis Campbell, to the direction of a multi-award winning PR staff, and most assuredly to the Collin College Board of Trustees, and to Collin College District President, Dr. Cary A. Israel, for always being farsighted and always moving forward in bold and positive directions.