Issue Three: Amusement

Note from the Editor

Note from the Editor   Tell all the truth but tell it slant — Emily Dickinson Putting the final touches on this newest issue of Everyone Quarterly this morning, I was amused to realize just how many of the poems, videos, art, fiction, &etc are things that...

Commercials by Joseph Grantham

I look at my phone and it doesn't make me feel good. Even if I'm looking at a video of a young man helping an old woman cross the street or a video of a kitten riding on the back of a dog. When I look at my phone I am always being sold something—a product or an...

Poems by Megan McShea + Mole Suit Choir

Featured image by Laurie Rollins Anderson. It was taken at the Crown, February 2016, Linda Campbell Franklin’s 75th birthday party.   Megan: Here's three from a batch with the working title "Ungoverned Interludes," an allusion to both the recently hijacked government...

The Spoon by Anahita Vieira

Whenever I can, I round up my dollar to reduce my carbon footprint, consolidate my online orders into a single delivery, and make it a point to buy sustainable clothing. And yet, I am still susceptible to discrepancies between my professed personal values as a...

Field Guide To Herbs by AE Reiff

Working as a botanist and herbalist running an herb garden for the U of Texas I issued three small printings of humorous takes on plants, Native Texans: Some Medicinal, Social and Philosophic Contexts of the Plants of Texas and the Southwest, which divided plants into...

Poems from Ocean Pacific by Jordan Stempleman

These poems are from a larger series of poems that were written using the Notes app on my cellphone. The composition process was part game and part exercise into the materiality of language, sound, space, and meaning-making. By using a device that drives distraction...

A Duck Story by Len Kuntz

I am lousy at writing happy endings or humor in general, but when I saw the magazine's theme, I challenged myself to come up with a piece that would work. I live on a lake and one morning I looked out the window and saw a trio of ducks frolicking on the water and I...

To Bear His Cross by Dan Brady

This poem was originally titled "Sneezin' Jesus." I was trying to write poems based on the strongest memories from each year of my life. Something like this happened to me in grade school, but not exactly this. I was the innkeeper in the Nativity Play, not Jesus in...

Poems by Gregory Luce

I observe the phenomenal world as fully and carefully as I can, stay open to sensory experiences, and relate these to readers in a way that will cause them to see the world anew. These two poems represent two facets of my writing. “And we ran” depicts the simple joy...

Poems by Sommer Browning

Poetry & Fiction: A Play SOMMER BROWNING I don’t think it’s working. SOMMER throws her arms in the air. Her left elbow hits the mantle and knocks DONALD’s mother’s urn to the carpet. The lid falls off, ashes scatter everywhere. DONALD BARTHELME waiting for his...

Art by Jane Bristowe

We have chosen four of artist Jane Bristowe's artworks which associate Amusement with Rhythm. Known for her animal linocuts, here she brings music and dance with her Matisse-inspired "Dancers" linocut and her "'Tree of Music" screen print and shares the...

Welcome to The Art of Everyone

In writing my book Everything Else, I realised everybody has their own “everything else”—the thoughts and stories, the experiences, the skills, the imagination, the dreams.

Left unexplored or unshared, they can leave a void, depriving our spirit of something beautiful and nourishing. Having learned that, I created the space here to manifest my own "everything else," and to help others share theirs.

The path here is lined with flowers, the walls are endless, the shelves inviting, the table is set, and there is room for adventure. Bring your own creations or just open your soul for a retreat. This is a space to breathe. Leave the conventional world behind and enjoy.

Thank you for being here.