Featured Writer: Natalie Young’s Poem “The Alien Takes the Human’s Tears”

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Natalie Young


The Alien Takes the Human’s Tears

After “Topography of Tears” a photo series by Rose-Lynn Fisher

“Abstracted Blue Spruce” by Andrew Marshall

places them under a microscope
to reveal primal language

dehydrated and inspected, the salt formation
a suspect
of circumstance:

Grief crystallizes in empty streets, the dismantled
brick walls
of a looted city.

Onions plant a fern quilt in a snowflake
sheet. Geometry’s
hard edges and blocks burst

from drips of laughter. Ice, metal
work and coral collide to build a blue print

by crowds dispersing
in the uncertainty of change. And with a blink
a slide of the lid

a cutaway of earth, roots reaching
beyond human

like a drop of the ocean.


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: “Abstracted Blue Spruce” by Andrew Marshall. Watercolor on paper. 18 X 24 inches. By permission.

About the artist:
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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