Tarpaulin Sky Magazine

AUTUMN 2019 | FEATURING ARTIST NOAH SATERSTROM

Tarpaulin Sky Magazine

AUTUMN 2019 | FEATURING ARTIST NOAH SATERSTROM

for your reading pleasure and pain

Hybrid / Transgenre / Monstrous Scripture

Lauren Russell, excerpt from “Descent”

"Heard a whippoorwill holler this morning for the first time this spring. Heard a whippoorwill holler. All hands choking cotton. Heard a holler, a whimper. Heard a will whip her. Will heard a whip. Whip or will." -- from Lauren Russell's Descent, co-winner of the 2019 Tarpaulin Sky Book Awards.

Jordan Chesnut, “How Gross, My Seances”

"In 2015, the body of my former partner was found in the wastewater treatment facility of our college town. I wrote this play-in-verse in an attempt to uncover the reason or path of his departure...." Jordan Chesnut's How Gross, My Seances, shortlisted for the 2019 Tarpaulin Sky Book Awards.

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Hybrid / Transgenre / Monstrous Scripture

Lauren Russell, excerpt from “Descent”

"Heard a whippoorwill holler this morning for the first time this spring. Heard a whippoorwill holler. All hands choking cotton. Heard a holler, a whimper. Heard a will whip her. Will heard a whip. Whip or will." -- from Lauren Russell's Descent, co-winner of the 2019 Tarpaulin Sky Book Awards.

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Poetry

Olivia Cronk, excerpt from “Womonster”

"You’re dead meat baby. / You’re not gonna kill the Internet, and you already missed your chance to sleaze up your thirties. / I’m sure I don’t know what you mean / but that choke of diamonds / is certainly sweetening the deal." — from Olivia Cronk's Womonster, co-winner of the 2019 Tarpaulin Sky Book Awards.

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Poetry

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Fiction

Julia Brennan, excerpt from “Hunting Season”

"He was my teacher. He was teaching me how to be explicit in my work, and in his bed, we were doing very explicit things. Secretly, he and I slept in a sunroom in the back of his house, and I called him mother and he called me child. It was an incest game we played." — from Julia Brennan's Hunting Season, co-winner of the 2019 Tarpaulin Sky Book Awards.

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Fiction

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Nonfiction

“The Straight Story”: non-fiction by Julia Madsen

"Some crimes never resolve themselves but go on for miles before disappearing into the vanishing point" -- Julia Madsen explores her family's legacy and the intersection of true crime, intergenerational trauma, and the Midwestern Gothic.

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Nonfiction

“The Straight Story”: non-fiction by Julia Madsen

"Some crimes never resolve themselves but go on for miles before disappearing into the vanishing point" -- Julia Madsen explores her family's legacy and the intersection of true crime, intergenerational trauma, and the Midwestern Gothic.

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Book Reviews

Janaka Stucky’s “Ascend, Ascend” reviewed by Chris Muravez

"We thrive on the dead – animal and plant carcasses, fossilized energy, microbial environments in our guts – and in this sin, we are allowed to continue breathing, fucking, shitting, living, becoming." Chris Muravez explores "negative ecstasy, incantations, and ritualistic destruction of the ego" in Janaka Stucky's Ascend, Ascend, from Third Man Books.

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Book Reviews

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Reading Guides

What I’m Reading Now… by Michelle Bitting

"Inside the frame of a given piece, more angles of perception, more layers of apprehension—psychological, intellectual, corporeal opportunely open up..." Michelle Bitting discusses books by Jesse Lee Kercheval, Carl Phillips, and Natalie Scenters-Zapico.

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Music(k)

Guitar Astrology For Greta Thunberg

5-Track performs and discusses guitar interpretations of both Greta Thunberg’s astrology chart and the position of the stars at the time that he composed this essay: September 11, 2019.

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Musick

Guitar Astrology For Greta Thunberg

5-Track performs and discusses guitar interpretations of both Greta Thunberg’s astrology chart and the position of the stars at the time that he composed this essay: September 11, 2019.

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Occult Studies

Guitar Astrology For Greta Thunberg

5-Track performs and discusses guitar interpretations of both Greta Thunberg’s astrology chart and the position of the stars at the time that he composed this essay: September 11, 2019.

Janaka Stucky’s “Ascend, Ascend” reviewed by Chris Muravez

"We thrive on the dead – animal and plant carcasses, fossilized energy, microbial environments in our guts – and in this sin, we are allowed to continue breathing, fucking, shitting, living, becoming." Chris Muravez explores "negative ecstasy, incantations, and ritualistic destruction of the ego" in Janaka Stucky's Ascend, Ascend, from Third Man Books.

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Occult Studies

Guitar Astrology For Greta Thunberg

5-Track performs and discusses guitar interpretations of both Greta Thunberg’s astrology chart and the position of the stars at the time that he composed this essay: September 11, 2019.

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