(Cover art by Christiane Drapela)
Welcome to Issue 7 of Dust Poetry Magazine, which features 28 new poems on the theme of connection.
Umbilica by Louise Mather
They Told Me To Connect With Nature by Simon Alderwick
Breaktime by Harriet Truscott
Entanglement by Marian Christie
We All Fell Silent Except For The Men by Mary Ford Neal
Catch and Release by Geoff Budden
Embers by Elodie Barnes
Waiting by Fokkina McDonnell
The End of My Breath by Carol Casey
Thirteen Ways of Looking At My Mother's Radio by Taiwo Hassan
My Genetics Are An Autumnal Heathland by Cherry Doyle
Slipping by Dorothy Burrows
Little Wounds by Mike Wilson
Sunsets and Shadows by Elizabeth Sallow
Notice What You Notice by Jenny Byrne
Touch by Ashish Kumar Singh
The Most Hopeless Aspect Of This War by Rosalie Alston
The Space Between Our Texts by Olga Dermott
My Pixelated Lover by Shiksha Dheda
Everything Is Music by Chrissie Dreier
Papa by Charissa Cassels
Crown Shyness by Cheryl Pearson
Envelopes by Susan G. Duncan
American Rain by Ellen Stone
Pocket Watch by David J. Costello
After Death by Nora Pasco
Ruth's Lily by Carla Sarett
Windswept by Sy Brand
Our cover art is by Christiane Drapela, an artist, illustrator and musician, based and born in Santiago, Chile. Christiane graduated in music composition in Santiago and did an Illustration diploma in Barcelona, Spain. Her visual work is about creating colourful and textural landscapes to provoke a nostalgic but joyful sensation of the immensity.
She writes: "I'm deeply inspired by nature and Im interested in the intricate relations and textures that you can find in it, so I use textures and strong vivid colours to enhance the elements. My intention is an invitation to amplify the imagination, to dream a bit more, with the elements that we already have in nature. The songs I make are like the soundtrack of my visual art, they are like landscapes, but I speak more of the personal emotion related to them. Im currently working on my first solo album."
You can find more of Christiane's work and listen to her music, here: https://linktr.ee/Christiane_dh
You can see more of her artwork at her instagram, here.
Thank you to Christiane for her glorious cover design, to each of our brilliant poets, whose work I am honoured to share with you in this issue, to Megan Clay Jones for suggesting the theme, and to everyone who has submitted work, and read, shared, and supported Dust online. There would be no magazine without you and I am truly grateful to you all.
I hope you enjoy these poems.