I: Poetry by D.G. Geis & Photography by Natalia Drepina, I


First Principles

Faust did not sell his soul to the devil.
It was a reverse mortgage.

The devil does not have horns.
They are antennae.

A line is the shortest distance between two points.
So is an episiotomy.

The world does not revolve around you.
It revolves under you.

Empty things are useless.
Except whilst playing Russian Roulette.

Your life doesn’t end.
You end.



D.G. Geis lives in Houston, Texas. He has an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Houston and a graduate degree in philosophy from California State University. His poetry has appeared in 491 Magazine, Blinders, Blue Bonnet Review, The Broadkill Review, Burningword Literary Journal, Crosswinds, Lost Coast, Poetry Scotland (Open Mouse), A Quiet Courage, SoftBlow International Poetry Journal, Scarlet Leaf, and Sweet Tree. He will be featured in a forthcoming Tupelo Press chapbook anthologizing 9 New Poets and is a recipient of the Blue Bonnet Review’s Fall 2015 Poetry Contest.

Natalia Drepina, born 1989, is a photographer, poet, and composer/videographer from Lipetsk, Russia. Her work has been previously exhibited in galleries across the Russian Federation, including in the interactive photography project “Perfumer,” and also within the European Union, at the MacS | Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia. A forthcoming exhibition in the EU, at the Animalia Art Expo in Diksmuide, Belgium is slated for this month, on April 22, 2016. Be there! Or, enjoy your own exhibition of Natalia’s work, by taking a stroll through her Deviant Art and 500px galleries.


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