summer 2010

“The ocean, I am thinking about the poor massive ocean…” writes Athena Fliakos in “Confessions Of a Beautiful Little Fool.” In fact, many of the writers in Chaparral’s summer issue are thinking of the ocean. For these writers, the ocean is a place where the simple act of change makes a kind of beautiful music. Some of the works here, like Keith Onstad’s “Grand Theft Jerusalem,” make formal gestures resembling the wild sea. Others, like Jessica Piazza’s sonnets and Charles Kraszewski’s epic, take up the ocean as image or metaphor. In both cases, the writings in this issue inhabit an untamable and oceanic spirit. What’s more, the writers here—many of whom are educators, community organizers, translators, letterpress printers, editors, social workers—serve a spirit of transformation, both in their poems and prose and in what they do everyday in the world. Let Chaparral’s summer issue be a small testament to our poor massive ocean, to what we must do and undo, to the necessity of transformation.

Ching-In ChenRummage: Haibun
Incantation 5b
Incantation: Intimate Installation

Ching-In Chen

Jessica PiazzaAntlophobia

Jessica Piazza

Fiona SpringLettre Sauvage Interview
Inventing the Harness

Fiona Spring

Keith OnstadGrand Theft Jerusalem

Keith Onstad

Athena FliakosConfessions Of a Beautiful Little Fool

Athena Fliakos

Charles KraszewskiThe Yaps and Growlings, This Burly Surf

Charles Kraszewski

Joshua Jennings WoodWhales
The Exchange

Joshua Jennings Wood

Yvette JohnsonLetter Home

Yvette Johnson

Rosina TalamantesYellow

Rosina Talamantes

Marjorie BeckerSuddenly the Future
He brought her grapes,
Since Anything Can Always Always

Marjorie Becker

Jackson WheelerMy Brother’s Transfiguration as a Welsh God

Jackson Wheeler