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In Their Small Faces

image by Emma Doerksen, from the cover of AV 141. – We’re so excited to present Acta’s (possible first ever!) publishing of creative non-fiction! This simple and beautiful prose piece by Sarah Bigham looks deeply into how homes function, intergenerational family effects and challenges that follow you around many years after they are over. –

Pompeii again

Untitled by Alessia Disimino – “unattainable the head but / how important a high / hungry sleep.” – Emmy’s work surges forward but leaves space: her voice is humble, quiet, but also: hungry, shattering and risen. We cannot express how excited we are to publish “Pompeii again” by Emmy and Untitled, a painting by Alessia Dismino from

Solipsism, for two & Elpenor, to an audience

Untitled by Hannah Beveridge – “I want to ask you what your water tastes like today: / set my watch to the rising of the sun.” Carl (EIC of Acta 142!) astounds us this week with two beautiful and strangely devastating poems: on pigeons, unsteady trees, a duty to the underworld. On a question, a lie,

this is yellow

Art: like before this one by Nikki Watson. Soft and splendid, this poem reads like a bit like a stray thought. A simple request, the meeting of fruit, and: what is yellow, what is blue? These are all things stirred in us through Malcolm Sanger’s beautiful poem, originally featured in AV 140. We find it

wane

Art: Uncertainty #2 by Haley Currie. – This week we have stunning visual art and poetry by Haley Currie and Harrison Wade, respectively. Haley’s art, originally featured in AV 139.1, brings us to feelings of almost knowing what we see, but finding uncertainty sweeter. Harrison’s visual poetry, wane, is a dual: two poems, side-by-side, emerging out of common

5 / Wands // The Devil

Visual: Ice Storm by Martina Bellisario. – “the look of hunger / or fear / (fear of admitting vulnerability or defending it / is also a hunger).” “5 / Wands // The Devil”, a poem by Margaryta Golovchenko, speaks to a purple that is not just purple and wishes to speak without being named. Her

Republic

Antonia Alksnis’ “Republic” impressed us in AV 142.2 with it’s smooth, delightful prose speckled with pointed references to Plato’s Republic in both form and content. Carl Christian Abrahamsen, our most recent Editor-in-Chief, had this to say on Alksnis’ piece: Antonia Alksnis’ piece is a poetic reading of a single sentence: the opening of Plato’s Republic,

The Book of Life

Elliston, NF by Victoria Butler – “Even a natural disaster can’t shake off / the disaster that is love, a woundedness that won’t let you skulk away.” Isabelle Zhu tackles subjects of time, love, nostalgia and an innovative use of a classic literary canon in her references to Noah’s Ark. We’re so excited to republish

Blowing Bubbles With My Pregnant Daughter

Featured Image: untitled by Mithila Rajavel. Cartwheeling through the sky and holding our wombs like bubble wands, Amy Kalbun’s short prose piece gives the reader fantastical material to work with, to imagine ourselves as mothers, as daughters, as pregnant, as growing. We’re so honoured to have Amy’s piece and Mithila’s photo featured with us, and we

A Love Letter for Annie Dillard

Featured Image: untitled, Nazanin Zarepour. – Emily Powers’ poem is a thick look– a dipping of your hand– into something almost gold. In just two three-line stanzas, she takes us to Louisiana and back, full of mixed regret. We are so honored to republish this piece on our blog (originally featured in issue 141). We also recommend