XII: Poetry by James Diaz & Photography by Natalia Drepina

Mysterious Stranger

Ice Fishing In A Hazmat Suit: A Love Poem

I want the third degree
come on
deliver me
face to the floor

I was in the back seat
while you murdered bottles of beer
and told me to pray

to all that
I wasn’t
frozen in New York
sick to death

I was propped
up on a carton of wigs
scratching the earth for worms
to offer to God
who safety pinned my heart with his terrible
redeeming needle

and taught
me a million songs
he knew I’d never use.


James Diaz resides in upstate NY, spending his time writing poetry as if his life depends on it, because it does. His forms of survival can be read online at Cheap Pop Lit, Chronogram, Ditch, My Favorite Bullet, and The Voices Project.

Natalia Drepina, born 1989, is a photographer, poet, and composer/videographer from Lipetsk, Russia. Her work has been featured in a number of specialty journals and small press ‘zines, including Anathema, Beautiful Bizarre, Bleaq, Flesh and Bone, Folio, Literary Orphans, and ND Magazine. She has also been the subject of online interviews at All Black Magazine, Biophiliart, and Les Éditions du Faune. To learn more about Natalia and her art for fragile, wounded souls please visit her Facebook, along with her Art Diary at Tumblr.


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