OJAL Art Journal

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About OJAL Art Journal

We have two guiding principles. 1) To promote and publicize our artists and writers aggressively through social media to an appreciative audience of devoted, generous patrons, and 2) To create an atmosphere without hostility wherein important conversations concerning the arts and the human condition may be carried on rationally and civilly, away from the ideological echo chambers of contemporary world politics. We want to showcase the best visual and literary art out there. Period.

March 2019

Featured Artist Deborah Norton, a pairing with Beth Gordon’s poem “Summer Solstice 2018”

By | 2019-03-18T12:44:17+00:00 March 18th, 2019|FEATURED, FEATURED ARTISTS, FEATURED FINE ARTISTS, LITERARY ARTS, Lyric, Painting, Poetry, STUDIO ARTS|

Beth Gordon Summer Solstice 2018 'Heart" by Deborah Norton Don’t ask me about days, where hours go each night as I dream bees, don’t bother me with abacus beads, the secrets of Stonehenge, [...]

Featured Artist Interview: Contributing Editor Vera Falenko talks with artist Deborah Norton

By | 2019-03-18T21:12:14+00:00 March 18th, 2019|Artists, FEATURED, FEATURED ARTISTS, FEATURED FINE ARTISTS, INTERVIEWS, LITERARY ARTS, Mixed Media, Nonfiction, Painting, STUDIO ARTS|

Vera Falenko, Contributing Editor Featured Artist Interview: Deborah Norton Norton is best known for her layered mixed media oil paintings. Inspired by expressionism including the "combines" of Rauschenberg and the raw figurative paintings of Schiele, [...]

O:JA and L’s Poetry Editor, Reviewer, and Editorialist Rachel Custer considers Ilya Kaminsky’s Deaf Republic

By | 2019-03-18T11:49:23+00:00 March 17th, 2019|Academic, Book Review Poetry, Book Reviews, LITERARY ARTS, Lyric, Narrative, Nonfiction, Personal Essay, Poetry|

Rachel Custer Poetry Editor, Reviewer, Editorialist Deaf Republic and Twitter Noise: A Call to Radical Silence "Deaf Republic" from Graywolf Press Ilya Kaminsky’s Deaf Republic is a book that will outlive its author, [...]

Featured Artist Deborah Norton, a pairing with Beth Gordon’s Poem “During the Battle of Gettysburg the Union Band Played Polkas”

By | 2019-03-18T12:41:57+00:00 March 17th, 2019|FEATURED, FEATURED ARTISTS, FEATURED FINE ARTISTS, LITERARY ARTS, Lyric, Mixed Media, Narrative, Painting, Poetry, STUDIO ARTS|

Beth Gordon During the Battle of Gettysburg the Union Band Played Polkas "The Warrior" by Deborah Norton I cradle my grandson like a hymnal,            like a nest-less whippoorwill, a bursting of un-invented words, [...]

Featured Artist Deborah Norton, a pairing with Beth Gordon’s poem “Conversation with a Nightmare “

By | 2019-03-18T12:42:54+00:00 March 16th, 2019|FEATURED, FEATURED ARTISTS, FEATURED FINE ARTISTS, LITERARY ARTS, Lyric, Mixed Media, Painting, Poetry, STUDIO ARTS|

Beth Gordon Conversation with a Nightmare                                "Home" by Deborah Norton i.                [...]

Poetry: Rachel Custer’s “Winter in Indiana and Mercy Dies”

By | 2019-03-14T11:34:45+00:00 March 14th, 2019|FEATURED, FEATURED ARTISTS, FEATURED FINE ARTISTS, Featured Writer, FEATURED WRITERS, FEATURED WRITERS, LITERARY ARTS, Lyric, Painting, Poetry, STUDIO ARTS|

Rachel Custer Winter in Indiana & Mercy Dies "Juliana" by Alejandro Rosemberg The snowplow trundles toward us and away like hope misplaced in roads, their uncovering. Pretending weather of our sleep country, kindle [...]

Poetry: Rachel Custer’s “Mercy, Indiana”

By | 2019-03-13T11:06:35+00:00 March 13th, 2019|FEATURED, FEATURED ARTISTS, FEATURED FINE ARTISTS, FEATURED WRITERS, FEATURED WRITERS, LITERARY ARTS, Lyric, Painting, Poetry, STUDIO ARTS|

Rachel Custer MERCY, INDIANA "Portrait of My Father: #4" by Alejandro Rosemberg   where the lady who owns the liquor store invites you to church again. double-bagging your wine box. says sweetie all [...]

Poetry: Rachel Custer’s “Apotheosis”

By | 2019-03-12T12:09:06+00:00 March 12th, 2019|FEATURED, FEATURED ARTISTS, FEATURED FINE ARTISTS, Featured Writer, FEATURED WRITERS, FEATURED WRITERS, LITERARY ARTS, Lyric, Painting, Poetry, STUDIO ARTS|

Rachel Custer Apotheosis The first integrated church in Indiana was the Peoples Temple, founded by Jim Jones. "Portrait of Victoria" (detail) by Alejandro Rosemberg Convince a man he is god And he will [...]

Poetry: Rachel Custer’s “Hellebore”

By | 2019-03-14T11:40:47+00:00 March 11th, 2019|FEATURED, FEATURED ARTISTS, FEATURED FINE ARTISTS, FEATURED WRITERS, FEATURED WRITERS, LITERARY ARTS, Lyric, Painting, Poetry, STUDIO ARTS|

Rachel Custer Hellebore   "Spring Series: Painting #1" (detail) by Alejandro Rosemberg   After an altar call, the children run as if pursued, their little bellies full of god. Hellfire in their throats [...]

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