February Previews: Featured Writer Rachel Custer and Featured Artist Alejandro Rosemberg

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Rachel Custer

What We Keep Worth Dying For

“Luciana I” by Alejandro Rosemberg

Praise the god of porkfat and flatbacked
Sally plunged elbow-deep in dirt praise hurt
grippin your back like an accolade praise staid
men, earth-made and unapologetic lives measured
in overtime & ass praise good weeks affording meat
as for me & my house we will praise
bluegrass headlines & women who take
the circle’s attention & dance like they work
(to kill a hunger) praise hunger the driving song
it makes of us        dark animals in shadow

slinking along at the edge of every wood praise killing
one’s own dinner & the skin tearing away
from muscle at our hands the crackle on our tongues
of a recipe we wrote         praise lard & hard
throats       stopped against frivolous weeping      as for me

and my house we will serve seven
good men for every meal potatoes cooked
seven different ways       hunger grows into praise
if you can only wait    butter patties melting
just for your appetite         our best days the longest days
our best days the hottest, hardest days


About the writer:
Rachel Custer‘s first full-length collection, The Temple She Became, is available from Five Oaks Press. Other work has previously been published or is forthcoming in Rattle, OSU: The Journal, The American Journal of Poetry, B O D Y, [PANK], and The Antigonish Review. Rachel Custer is the O:JA&L “Featured Writer” for February 2019. On February 13, 2019, Rachel Custer officially became a recipient of a 2019 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Image:Luciana I” by Alejandro Rosemberg. Oil on canvas. 17.7 x 11.8 inches. 2012. By permission. Rosemberg is a hyperrealist painter.Rosemberg is from Buenos Aires where he paints and teaches classical techniques. He attended the National University of Codoba Art School where he received his degree on Fine Arts in Painting. He continued his study of classical painting based on the Italian Great Masters Tradition with Maestro Claudio Bogino. Alejandro Rosemberg is the O:JA&L “Featured Artist” for February 2019.