III: Poetry by David Spicer & Photography by Natalia Drepina

"The Rope for Suicide," by Natalia Drepina

Misogyny Under the Gingko

Ponderosa Chile wore a plaid blouse
and sequined silk pajamas to her televised
execution. Before this bald renegade
swung under the gingko by the chapel,
I saw her belch bees. Naked as strawberries
in a bowl, the hangwoman meandered
to the blue olives and fingernailed a couple
onto her studded tongue. She smirked
and declared, “Delicious!” No heroin for her
or me, no holy book from the vestry.
The war-torn landscape a footnote
to Ponderosa, it perished, a blur after the beauty
tottered toward the horse under the noose.
She never did reveal to me or any lover
in the mellifluous accents of her orgasms
the location of the child she called Christ 2.


David Spicer has, in pursuit of the word, worked as paper boy, dishwasher, bottle loader, record warehouser, carpet roll dragger, burger flopper, ditch digger, weather observer, furniture mover, temporary flunky, gas pumper, bookseller, tutor, 11th and 12th grader babysitter, magazine and book editor and publisher, typesetter, medical journal proofreader, and librarian’s assistant. The author of one full-length collection of poems and four chapbooks, plus eight unpublished manuscripts, he has published in slicks, non-slicks, and online journals such as American Poetry Review, Curly Mind,  Jersey Devil Press, Ploughshares, Reed Magazine, The  Slim Volume, Yellow Chair Review, and others.

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, let Natalia’s photography grace your own walls by visiting Fine Art America, along with Natalia Drepina Prints.


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