A Return to Seasons
In the waistband of the earth,
time lingers, a dog in a patch of sun.
But here, where the tilt of the poles
pulls each season back on itself, marking
the years as starkly as frost crisping grass,
an afternoon is everything.
About the writer:
Alice Pettway’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Bitter Oleander, The Progressive, The Threepenny Review, WomenArts Quarterly and numerous other publications. Her first collection, The Time of Hunger | O Tempo de Chuva, was published in 2017; her second, Moth, is forthcoming in 2019. Pettway currently lives and writes in Shanghai.
Image: “Arabesque” by Jacqueline Doyle Allison. Allison is an award winning artist who was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She received her BS specializing in graphic design and fine art from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Currently she lives in the mountains of north Georgia with her husband. Her paintings have been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in the southeastern United States including those at Ferst Center for the Arts, Atlanta, Georgia; Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, Georgia; Roswell Visual Arts Center, Roswell, Georgia; and Abernathy Arts Center, Sandy Springs, Georgia.
In the artist’s own words: “My paintings view the world through a lens of optimism and joy. Using abstracted imagery and clear, bright colors, I paint expressively with intuition and the resulting artworks are a reflection of my inner world. Relying on this upbeat viewpoint through a significant health challenge, my renewed wellbeing has encouraged me to become an evangelist for the positive and to share a message of hope and inspiration through my art.”