ISSUE 1 // PROSE
visual art by Felicia Megginson & Jessica Maffia
a prose poem
"And I hold my breath; brace myself to absorb the impact because the grief of my children will always be mine."
"The Reverend Father hadn’t slept for twenty-one days. And contrary to the advice of his peers, meditation was not an adequate substitute."
"I found Wendy sitting in a hole she dug up in the backyard. There were three child-sized holes and I had no idea how long they had been there."
"I had my own room. This was convenient, as I had decided to hang myself that night."
"The miraculous thing involves sex and death. Sex in the face of death, sex as last defense against mortality. But the opposite can, does, happen."
"But silence can also suffocate, settling in my chest in layers like silt, a sign that I have waited too long."
VISUAL ARTIST BIOS
Jessica Maffia: see bio on her VISUAL ART page
Felicia Megginson: Place as a metaphor for self--the idea that who we are is influenced by where we are--has long been a focal point of my photo-based work, and the photographic series “Alice Wasn’t Lost, She…” continues this exploration. Four suites of images (Communion, Permutation, Manifestation, and Transformation) represent a metaphorical return to childhood landscapes--places of memory and make-believe. They mark the passage from one phase of life into the next, and encapsulate youthful fantasies, adult fears, and the metaphysical space in between.
Felicia Megginson holds an M.A. from New York University. Exhibitions include those at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Rush Arts Gallery, and The Studio Museum in Harlem. A participant in the Bronx Museum of Arts' Artist in the Marketplace Program, she has been the recipient a Polaroid Corporation film grant and a New Works in Photography Award from En Foco, Inc. Felicia lives in Providence, RI.