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  • Maroger’s Magic
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    “Maroger’s Magic,” oil on canvas ©Louise Craven Hourrigan Three mischievous monkeys perch on a roof in this large surrealistic scene painted by my mother, Louise Craven Hourrigan. I love imagining their gossipy conversation. She often put monkeys in her paintings, so... Read more »
  • She Snapped Sister’s Diary Wide
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    Self-portrait painting and collage ©Louise Craven Hourrigan When assigned to paint a self-portrait for one of her art classes, my mother made this nightmarish collage. A serpent, fabric patterns, flames, and octopus arms swirl around fragmented black and white photographs of... Read more »
  • Waiting for 5:00
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    “Waiting for 5:00 at Bailey’s Pub & Grill,” oil on canvas ©Louise Craven Hourrigan My mother filled this enormous canvas with sins. Even the balloons have naughty details! Her painting inspired a poem that appears in Of Burgers & Barrooms, an anthology... Read more »
  • Old Woman with Goose, Reimagined
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    “Old Woman with Goose,” oil on canvas © Louise Craven Hourrigan My mother painted this before I was born, and for many years it hung in my bedroom, giving me nightmares. To exorcise my demons, I wrote a poem in which... Read more »
  • Candelabra
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    Tree of Life Candelabra, oil on canvas, © Louise Craven Hourrigan Inspired by Frida Kahlo, my mother painted this surreal tree of life candelabra. The branches resemble intestines decorated with miniature figures from her past — grandparents, parents, lovers, children, pets.... Read more »
  • Perspective Dreaming
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    See the painting that inspired the poem > ... Read more »
  • Stopping by the Columbarium on a Sunny Afternoon
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  • Old Woman with Goose
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    ~Poem by Jackie Craven from Secret Formulas & Techniques of the Masters, Brick Road Poetry Press and Nimrod International Journal... Read more »
  • Perspective Dreaming
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    Oil on canvas by Louise Craven Hourrigan This painting by my mother, Louise Craven Hourrigan, inspired my poem “Perspective Dreaming.” Originally published in the Fall 2014 issue of Water~Stone Review, the poem will be included in my book, Secret Formulas &... Read more »
  • Lobster for Lunch
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    “Lobster for Lunch,” oil on canvas, © Louise Craven Hourrigan I’ve spent years trying to read the stories behind this scene my mother painted. An older couple sits before a lavish feast. Their posture is stiff—unnaturally posed and primitively painted—with hands... Read more »
  • Review: In and Out of Rough Water
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    Jayne Marek’s In and Out of Rough Water is a moving and profound collection that transforms the wilderness into a meditation on the human condition. A western prairie morphs into dry pages of a newspaper, trees in winter describe a... Read more »
  • Hello & Goodbye at Spillway 25
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    Susan Terris says she selected “the most surprising poems I could find” for Spillway, volume 25. After seven years as editor, Terris is moving on, and the theme for this issue is, appropriately, “Hello & Goodbye.” The 165-page journal packs... Read more »
  • Still Life With Oranges
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    Oil on Canvas by Louise Craven Hourrigan This painting by my mother, Louise Craven Hourrigan, loosely inspired one of the poems in my forthcoming book, Secret Formulas & Techniques of the Masters (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2018). The poem, “Still Life... Read more »
  • Ice Cream Poems
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    Yes! Just in time for summer, a tasty anthology of poems by some of the coolest writers I know. I’m delighted to join Barbara Crooker, Lori Desrosiers, Laura Foley, Michael Meyerhofer, and other favorites in Ice Cream Poems: Reflections on... Read more »
  • Flight
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    Painting by Louise Craven Hourrigan, Oil on Canvas As a child, I didn’t know what to make of my mother’s wild brush strokes. She didn’t title this painting, so the subject is a mystery. Still, I loved to stare into the... Read more »
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