We’re beyond grateful to announce that this weekend we’ll be hosting the talented duo of @kengotrich_ and @nadineahbean over on our Instagram live to hear them have an open discussion! We’ve gotten the chance to publish Kendall’s photography before in Issues 10.1 and 10.2, so many of you may already be familiar with his incredible portrait work. Tune in at @undergroundjournal on Instagram on Saturday, June 20th, at 8PM EST to hear Ken and Nadine have a conversation about their art practice, how being black has influenced their work, as well the issues facing the world at large!
It is with great pleasure that our team introduces our Fall 2019 publication of IN TRANSIT to the world. Our hope is that during these times of isolation, stillness, and reflection, our journal can make the days move just a bit easier. For the rest of the semester, Underground will regularly feature an artist or writer from IN TRANSIT while we work remotely on our next issue, TAKE ROOT. And let’s be honest, there is nothing more grounding (and potentially frightening) than solitude. Thank you for traveling with us.
What grounds you? Where do you stand firm? Who is a part of your origin story? How does your heart beat? While IN TRANSIT explored how we are in motion, TAKE ROOT returns to the source. Submit your observations/longings/resistance/meditations for our Spring 2020 issue. Theme is suggested and open to interpretation. GSU students only.
How are you in transit? How are we in transit? We a campus. We a city. We a society. Submit your creative works to issue 10.1 of our journal for Fall 2019!
Dogwoods and peach trees will bloom soon,
Patching white-pink beauty across highways
And state lines where rusted kudzu- covered
Signs spread lies that bite like sand flies.
Voices rise over backseat bus rides and echo
Through the Alabama green grass hills:
We Dare Defend our Rights as long as we are white.
Charleston-white paint peels from crumbling
Plantations while Proud Boys chant in the streets:
While I Breathe, I Hope blood and soil, now we choke.
Mississippi magnolias stand proud in a crooked way
Over the Delta where toads and Jim-Crows sing:
By Valor and Arms racism is just a part of Southern charm.
In Georgia, thrashers warble from the mountain loblollies
Down into the dusty peanut plains where old words grow again:
Wisdom, Justice, Moderation welcome to the new nation.
[Gage is a senior English student at Georgia State University. Originally from Zebulon, GA, he has been living and writing in Atlanta since 2014.]
WELCOME! Cayce Tiedemann, here— your Editor in Chief for the upcoming 2019-2020 year. Underground Journal is GSU’s only art and literary journal featuring our students, by our students. We publish art, prose, and poetry from undergrads twice a year via our Fall and Spring issues. Our website, social media, and entire organization will be undergoing some major updates in the coming weeks. If you’d like your writing to be featured virtually in between calls for submissions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A little about me…
I was previously Poetry Editor of Underground and before that— featured twice with poems I wrote after taking a loooong hiatus from creative writing. I’m proof that it’s never too late to start (or return to) your creative endeavors. I’m eager and grateful for the opportunity to connect with all of you. Please stay tuned for details on our monthly Creative Writing Workshops held on campus and Open Mic Nights at the Troy Moore Library.
With cowbells and castanets,
My heart goes like a fat bird.
I want you to find me.
My body curves limply
like someone falling through air
but I am caught and cradled,
rolled inside a metal ball.
I am the little breathing pupil
in a mechanical eye.
The ocean moves in my ear
like when mom showed me
how seashells have an ocean in them.
It is like winter here and everything
is white, the white so big it dazes you.
I am nobody if you can’t see me.
I float in white air with no face,
just breaths coming and going,
until you find me and your voice
makes the cold metal tremble.
[Atlanta native Flannery is a rising senior at Georgia State University.]