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LiturgicalCredo.com has a new editorial mission: contemporary mythopoeia, parables, fables, and fairy tales of 300-500 words in the forms of flash fiction, poems, and brief nonfiction.

New myths, parables, fables, and fairy tales allow storytellers to work with archetypal characters as well as fantastical settings. As enduring genres, they give writers economical modes of re-imagining contemporary conflicts, relationships, habits, assumptions, and beliefs.

In these modes, perceptive storytellers force us to find new grips on reality by showing us situations more true to our lifelong inner experiences than our moment-to-moment workaday lives. The best handle on life, we realize, is not quite where we thought it was.

Please see our About and Submit pages for more information about our mission and guidelines.

 

“The hard-boiled stories, in print and on screen, focus on the detective at his job which usually turns into an obscure game of intrigues, doubles-crossings and traps which the detective falls into. His desire for truth is a challenge to his reason, feelings (ethical code) and body – he takes the beating ‘like a man’. He wants to escape and make sense of this nightmarish world, he does not know who is playing him, and he is alone because he does not trust anybody. The person who lures him into this dangerous game is the femme fatale – beautiful, deadly, manipulative woman – who acts as a helpless victim so the detective should save her.”  
— Veronika Pituková, in “Clash of Desires: Detective vs. Femme Fatale

Colorful, bullish, striking exteriors have nothing inside. Some of Hopper’s best paintings of architecture are brightly lit and strongly colored, yet many of the unavoidable windows are dark. Some doors, too, seem nearly cavernous. Some windows and doors yawn blackness. (Perhaps my own mind is to blame, but my eyes are drawn to some of those windows and doors.) They appear ominous, similar to our experience of cracked closet doors or staircases fading down into an unlit basement.

When Hopper shows us an interior, he shows us isolation. If human figures aren’t alone in a room, they are situated singularly. Some solitary individuals stare out windows. Paintings like “Sun in an Empty Room” only emphasize these themes of loneliness and emptiness.

The modern world looks outstanding from the outside, but the inside can be hollow, lonely, even scary.

As Leslie Jamison wrote in a somewhat different context, “We often find loneliness gazing back at us from those corners where we’ve tried to take refuge from it.”



Also see “Edward Hopper’s art, through his wife’s eyes.”



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“A brief observation: The exteriors and interiors of Edward Hopper” by Colin Foote Burch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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David R. Cravens received his undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of Missouri and his master’s degree in English literature from Southeast Missouri State University. He was the recipient of the 2008 Saint Petersburg Review Prize in Poetry, the 2011 Bedford Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for Ohio State University’s The Journal William Allen Creative Nonfiction Contest. His work has also appeared in Ontologica: A Journal of Art and Thought, EarthSpeak Magazine, The Houston Literary Review, Albatross Poetry Journal, The Monarch Review, The Interpreter’s House, Willows Wept Review, The New Writer Magazine, Poetic Diversity, Red River Review, and is forthcoming in War, Literature & the Arts. He teaches composition and literature at Mineral Area College.

Read “Poïesis.”

Read “Lay.”

Eleanor Leonne Bennett, who has published several photographs in LiturgicalCredo, is the featured artist in Issue 41 of Brevity, an online journal of brief nonfiction.

One of our personal favorite Bennett photos in the current Brevity accompanies “Green Light” by Sven Birkerts.

See a short bios of Bennett here and here.

Amanda Morris

July 21, 2012

Please read our latest work of creative nonfiction, “Andromeda,” by Amanda Morris. Morris is former managing editor and nonfiction reader for TriQuarterly Online. She is a science writer and publications editor in Northwestern University’s Office for Research. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois where she received the Bill Geist Award for Broadcast Journalism in 2002. She is now pursuing an MA in creative nonfiction at Northwestern. Her writing has appeared in Triquarterly, CenterPiece Magazine, the Evanston TribLocal, Chicago Sun-Times, LiveScience.com, Yahoo News, MSNBC.com, Huffington Post, and the website for the National Science Foundation.

Adam Penna

May 15, 2012

Adam Penna’s first full-length collection, Little Songs & Lyrics to Genji, was published by S4N Books in 2010. A chapbook called Love of a Sleeper was published in 2009 by Finishing Line Press. Individual and pairs of poems have appeared in magazines like Albatross, Basilica Review, Cimarron Review and others. Penna’s poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2010) for a sonnet appearing in the Cider Press Review and has appeared on the site Verse Daily. He teaches at Suffolk County Community College, where he is an Associate Professor of English, and he is the former editor of Best Poem. He blogs occasionally about matters of poetry and otherwise at adampenna.wordpress.com. Read Penna’s poems “Men of Faith,” “Joseph on His Deathbed,” “Breaking the Sabbath,” “What it Means to Be a Disciple,” and “A Corinthian Responds to Paul.”

Carolyn Agee

January 31, 2012

Carolyn Agee is an actress and internationally published poet living in the Pacific Northwest. Her recent credits include Petrichor Machine, Perspectives Magazine, and A Flame in the Dark. Read Agee’s poem “God With Us.”

Brett Foster

January 2, 2012

Brett Foster’s first book of poetry, The Garbage Eater, was published last year with Triquarterly Books / Northwestern UP. Foster’s writing has lately appeared in Ascent, Atlanta Review, Books & Culture, Crab Orchard Review, First Things, Green Mountains Review, IMAGE, Kenyon Review, Pleiades, and Seattle Review. Foster teaches creative writing and Renaissance literature at Wheaton College. Read his poems “Inspirited, and Then Some” and “Request Overheard on a Car Radio.”

Eleanor Leonne Bennett

November 25, 2011

Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 15-year-old photographer and artist who has won contests with National Geographic, The Woodland Trust, The World Photography Organisation, Winstons Wish, Papworth Trust, Mencap, Big Issue, Wrexham Science , Fennel and Fern and Nature’s Best Photography. She has had her photographs published in exhibitions and magazines across the world including the Guardian, RSPB Birds, RSPB Bird Life, Dot Dot Dash, Alabama Coast, Alabama Seaport and NG Kids Magazine (the most popular kids magazine in the world). She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus sponsored “See The Bigger Picture” global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010. She was also the only visual artist published in the Taj Mahal Review June 2011. She was the youngest artist to be displayed in Charnwood Art’s Vision 09 Exhibition and New Mill’s Artlounge Dark Colours Exhibition. View a LiturgicalCredo gallery of her photography here.

Jess Upshaw Glass

November 9, 2011

Jess Glass is fiction editor for Liturgical Credo. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Mary Washington, where she studied under Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Claudia Emerson, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. As an undergraduate, she was the literary editor for Aubade, the university’s literary magazine. Her book and theater reviews have been published in The Free Lance-Star and The Caroline Progress, and her fiction and essays have been published in Surreal SouthKnee-Jerk Magazine, The 6S Review, Requited Journal, and PANK Magazine.  She blogs at jessglass.com. Read “Dear Lord (A Lament).”

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