Featured Writer: Poet Natalie Young’s “Jealousy and Greed Are Green or The Alien Tries to Explain his Flat Temper”

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Natalie Young

 

Jealousy and Greed Are Green or
The Alien Tries to Explain his Flat Temper

“Fall Aspens” by Andrew Marshall

 

 

Each particle sets the next
in motion, a giant ripple—the universe and its parts
an ocean.

His arms outstretch, fingers spread
the air, as though slowly treading water. You feel space
passing, even

when you don’t see. Atoms
giving and getting. Everything trying to be
equal, to make a constant.

He stands there looking
ethereal and like a Tai chi instructor.

Me to you
you to something else,
matter is meant to keep moving.

 

 

 

 

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: “Fall Aspens” 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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