34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE INDIE LITMAG DIGITAL & PRINT

Bukowski said that there was everything and nothing.

BUKOWSKI BY CRISTINA CARTER 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE  ISSUE 47

Bukowski 

said that there was everything

and nothing

for the grocery clerk

for me

everything and nothing

and nothing

and nothing

I am a blank page

empty

as the people standing before me

I touch

their beer

their overripe tomatoes

their money covered in blood or shit

their money pulled from their bra

wet

from a muggy Sacramento July

empty

as the woman before me

thinking of spreading her legs

on the American river

nothing and nothing

as I clock in

at 3am

crisp air and solitude

as I clock out at midnight

darkness and exhaustion

waiting and waiting

before the blank page

as I crumble underneath

the clown faces

of my managers

as they laugh at how

they make me dance

I want to watch

their jester faces

melting under broken bones

to do something

to have everything

but only nothing

to burn my lungs

with my third cigarette

to cover the smoke

with cold coffee

while I look at nothing

I want to eat the dirt

from your grave

I want to find your words

and spit them out


34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 47

MARTHA WHO? BY RONALD WALKER, 4TH STREET EPISTLE BY ERIC A LOYA, 10 DAYS TO THE APOCALYPSE BY MIKE COSTE, CRADLE BY CAROLINE GRIEGO, LIVE! BY UTE CARSON, BUKOWSKI BY CRISTINA CARTER, THE LAUNDROMAT FRIEND BY CLAIRE NOONAN, A DAY IN THE HISTORY OF SYDNEY BY MICHAEL WASHBURN.

The magical nature of art  gives us hope that it is all worthwhile.

MARTHA WHO? BY RONALD WALKER 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 47

With the internet quality art can and will be produced anywhere, even in the suburbs. Artists living far apart can quickly and easily exchange ideas without living in cities. The cities have been the hub of modern thought when it comes to art for centuries, the close clusters of artists making it easy for these intellectual and technical exchanges to take place. The internet has not only made the exchange of intellectual ideas possible amongst artists living a great distance from each other but also the exchange of high quality images.

Design work in its strictest sense exists to please the eyes. Art exists to challenge the brain. I call this challenge “the brain stretch”.

The desire to organize and control one’s environment has been with us far longer than written history. Perhaps it is an attempt to show some type of mastery over a hostile world. This control over our environment is where design is king.

Why differentiate between art and design? It is because arranging and controlling the environment is, although important, not the end all of art.

Art expresses human thought and emotions. We are all on the same journey, scared and alone wondering where it all leads to, what it all means. The expressive magical nature of art helps sort out these feelings and at times gives us hope that it is all worthwhile.