Before and After the Battle of Los Angeles by Mark Danowsky

Oregon, 1927

A bowler hat is seen in flight
Volunteer firefighters snap a photo
The hat drifts off into evergreens


In 1952 the hat visits Passaic, New Jersey


1960: the hat goes on holiday to Italy with two friends


Peru, 1967

A group of tourists claim to see the hat
with its partner of many years

Mark Danowsky‘s poetry has appeared in About Place, Eye to the Telescope, Right Hand Pointing, Star*Line, and elsewhere. Mark received 2013 Dwarf Stars and 2016 Rhysling Award nominations. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Mark currently resides in North-Central West Virginia. He is Managing Editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.

Asked which dead celebrity he would resurrect for a day, Mark says, “I believe I’ve, at least in part, already covered my answer in the form of a poem.” In 2016, Eye to the Telescope published Mark’s poem, “Holo Debate,” in which Ralph Waldo Emerson is, in a sense, resurrected.

Art — Philip King lives with his partner, cat, and two plants in Portland, Oregon. He is in the process of editing his first novel and creating his first graphic novel, and his work has been featured in the Portland State University VanguardPathos Literary MagazineAnnex Zine, and Literary Brushstrokes. He has displayed work at the Saatchi Gallery in London, England, the Todd Art Gallery in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and in Portland at the AB Gallery, the MK Gallery, the Sugar Cube, St. Johns Racquet Center, the Littman Gallery, Synesthesia Festival, NextNorthwest, Splendorporium, and the Holocene. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Practices from Portland State University in 2016.

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