Featured Writer: Poet Natalie Young’s “Exhausted by More Than Just Tears and Empty Ice Cube Trays, the Human Addresses the Alien’s Water Experiments”

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Natalie Young

 

Exhausted by More Than Just Tears and Empty Ice Cube Trays, the Human Addresses the Alien’s Water Experiments

“Common Grackle” by Andrew Marshall

Did you know the ocean’s pH
is nearly identical to human blood?

Which feels true,
though it’s probably a myth.

What does every piece of life
come down to?

Two hydrogen atoms
clinging
to an oxygen.

That’s a lot of pressure
for three molecules.

Fascination is understandable
even obsession.

And yet
no matter the small hinge
this all rests on

you can’t alter chemistry—
the way water never changes

its constant
change.

 

About the writer:
Natalie Young is a founding editor for the poetry magazine Sugar House Review. By day, she works as an art director for an ad agency based out of Salt Lake City. These poems are part of a manuscript that mixes factual scenery and history with speculative fiction, in order to explore peculiarities in human nature, culture, and environment. Poems from this series have been published in Green Mountains Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Rattle, South Dakota Review, Drunken Boat, Pilgrimage, Spillway, and others. Natalie is left-handed, half Puerto Rican, and a fan of Carol Burnett and broccoli.

Image: “Common Grackle flying in front of surf” by Andrew Marshall. Watercolor on paper. 9 X 12 inches. By permission.

About the artist:
Andrew
Marshall is a painter, writer, and photographer. His paintings, photographs, essays, and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in OPEN: Journal of Arts and Letters, The Offbeat Magazine, Gravel Magazine, Trampset Magazine, The Raven’s Perch, Junto Magazine, West Texas Literary Review, Upventur.com, and Backpackinglight.com. Marshall’s work across all mediums is concerned with texture, light, atmosphere, moment, and man’s interaction with nature. He has lived in some beautiful places: the southern Appalachian mountains, the desert southwest, and now the eastern Sierra Nevadas. That beauty finds its way into his work. Marshall is a backpacker, mountain biker, and paddler. He’s trying to learn to boulder but he’s better at walking in a straight line than he is at climbing up a rock. Andrew Marshall has been living as a full time creator since the summer of 2017. Marshall is a featured artist at O:JA&L.

 

 

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