Love You More |
by Jessica Tyner

I sent you a keychain stamped love
you more from my crumbling
Costa Rican hacienda. You
were turning thirty and we
had years of regrets stitched
and scarred up and down
our arms like teenagers
in the grip of delusion, tired dogs
after the fights.
I waited
until you caught up with me
to say I was coming back,
my muscles tensed,
fat scars ropy thick, ready
for a blossoming explosion
black as your eyes swimming
beneath heavy brow
and deafening as your lips wrapped
like a vise around my name.


The Writer: Jessica Tyner is from Oregon, a member of the Cherokee Nation, and has been a writer for ten years. Recent projects include ravel writer with Mucha Costa Rica, copy editing for the London-based Flaneur Arts Journal, and contributing to New York’s Thalo Magazine. She has recently published short fiction in India’s Out of Print Magazine and poetry in Slow Trains Literary Journal, Straylight Magazine, and Glint Literary Journal. Her first novel has been picked up by Swift Publishing House.  

The Artist: Bob Craig is a Western Canadian artist whose path in the fine arts has led him to a unique expression of mood and color through collage and mixed media. He has explored numerous forms of art and craft; painting in watercolor and oils, pottery, sculpture and bead-making, to name a few. He has also worked in art restoration and education. Bob often prefers to think of himself as a craftsman, constructing, or interpreting imagery and messages from his conscious and subconscious mind. His work has appeared in juried exhibits in New Zealand, Italy, Canada, the US and most recently in Switzerland where he was awarded first prize in the mixed media free subject category at SEETAL 2006.