The Shooting Star by Will Reger

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Reger Shooting Star

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Will Reger has contributed several poems to WIZ. You can find his bio here .

Photo by Shane Anderson via Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Deer Skull on Giant Stump by Mark Penny

I’m locked and loaded on a night of curtailed sleep
Curtailed at starting end
The movie was too good to sleep through
What was it called?
About?

That paragraph I wrote for English-with-Foreigner 1-15
Is in my head like the aftershock of a bad-apple head-on with a truck
It gongs and dongs with it
So I’ll tell it here

It was the story of a day
So many days ago I laze to count
Thirty-six years of days, I guess

Remember jamborees?
Great, gaudy gumball gatherings of boys Continue reading “Deer Skull on Giant Stump by Mark Penny”

The Three Degrees of Glory by Adam K. K. Figueira

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For Adam’s detailed explanation of his graphic piece, “The Three Degrees of Glory,” go here.   If you would like to buy a print of “The Three Degrees of Glory,” go here.

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Adam K. K. Figueira was born to the east of where he lives now, but then went west, and back towards the middle again. In addition to dabbling in filmmaking and other visual arts, he has a passion for historical European swordsmanship. He can also make you a book cover. His greatest achievements are all girls, and that doesn’t appear to be changing in the foreseeable future. Adam’s work is available to read and/or watch at his blog,  Anew; at LDS Cinema Online; his  YouTube channel; and his professional site, adamkk.com.

To see more of his artwork, go here, here, here, and here.

To watch Adam’s very interesting entry into the 2011 LDS Film Festival, go here.

Nature photos by Virginia R., 4th grade

Path Through Pennsylvania Woods by Virginia

Tree with Lichen by Virginia

Click into pictures for larger views.

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Virginia is in 4th grade and enjoys the Warriors book series by Erin Hunter. She has started exploring photography since her father found her a digital camera at Goodwill. Nature is a favorite subject for her to take pictures of.   You can find more of Virginia’s work posted on WIZ here.

WIZ Kids: Nature photos by Elizabeth R.

For a larger view click on the photos.

Ancient chipmunk hole below the Pin Oak, in Fall

Ancient   chipmunk hole below the pin oak

This burrow has been used for many generations of chipmunks.

Early moon rise in my back yard

Early moonrise in my backyard

Taken in Pennsylvania

View of the Kiskiminetas River through a stand of trees, springtime

View of the Kiskiminetas River through a stand of trees, springtime

Taken in Pennsylvania

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Elizabeth is thirteen years old and enjoys writing and photography. Capturing the magic and beauty of nature is a talent she hopes to be able to expand to its fullest potential someday.

Video Valentine by Adam K. K. Figueira

Adam writes of this video Valentine that he made it for his “wife and (if the latest ultrasound is correct) five daughters …   I think it fits your theme this month, and the connection to nature should be obvious.”
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Adam K. K. Figueira was born to the east of where he lives now, but then went west, and back towards the middle again. He doesn’t see himself as a figure of any importance, but he likes to watch, make, and write about films, particularly LDS films. His greatest achievements are all girls, and that doesn’t appear to be changing in the foreseeable future. Adam’s work is available to read and/or watch at his blog, Anew; Toward an LDS Cinema, the other blog he writes for; his YouTube channel; and his professional site, adamkk.com.

Guest Post: “On Stand of Trees,” by Tyler Chadwick

Stand of Trees (by J. Kirk Richards)

I’ve been neglecting what it takes
to piece together dawn from old
snapshots and reminiscence faded
as the blush from Adam’s skin

when God’s question stunned
the garden and he slipped with Eve into
the shadow of God’s voice, their shame
a stand of trees backlit by cherubim

come hounds a-bay to flush them into
death, sin, recognition, solitude,
a blood-drunk field mantle deep with sweat
and sorrow, soil thick with the afterbirth

of myth and tectonic histories, pieces
of a puzzle that shift in bed as I
try to number them one, two, three,
no, one, two… one

edges ragged as the blanket Cain has
carried since Eve weaned him from the teat
and he found his thumb to replace it,
but not enough to fill his hunger, not

enough to keep serpents from burrowing
into his need, from shedding that rag
like yesterday’s skin, from slipping him
the switchblade he used to quarter the fruit

he knew had ripened in Mother’s womb,
the harvest he’ll never find as he works
his spittle and excrement field into bodies
with his hands red as stygian clay.

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Tyler Chadwick lives in Idaho with his wife, their three daughters, and their Miniature Schnauzer. His poetry has appeared in Metaphor, Dialogue, Irreantum, Salome Magazine, Black Rock & Sage, and on WIZ (here and here) and AMV (here and here) and many of his poems and his Mormon Poetry Project can be found on his personal blog.  

Be sure to click into the link at the head of the post to see the inspiration for Tyler’s poem, J. Kirk Richards’ painting, “Stand of Trees.”