Synchronized Chaos July 2017: Scale Factor

A scale factor reveals how much a map has been adjusted to depict a much larger or smaller reality. Are the places shown ten times bigger than they appear, or twenty times smaller? This month’s Synchronized Chaos contributions explore life at different scales. Photos and poems focus in on fragments of the body or of […]

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Poetry from Allison Grayhurst

Looking In   How easy to feel the weight of choice, mutually with the burden of circumstance. Childhood ripens then wilts, and in your unguarded hands, only shades of poverty-stricken summers remain; enormous & unavoidable.   What is real is not always the same as what is eternal, yet those days, when overabundant with love, […]

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Interview with Akinmade Zeal

Synchronized Chaos International Magazine interviews Akinmade Zeal here so that he can describe his inspirations and thoughts in more detail. Please provide some background on your pieces that would help someone from outside Nigeria understand your two poems. The first of my poems, Father and Son, as I have said, is a poem that talks […]

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Poetry from Tony Nightwalker LeTigre

mother nature is the best squatter she doesn’t ask permission she doesn’t fill out any paperwork she doesn’t care about regulations all she does it tap tap tap gently at the windows so softly that you in all your busy human hurry may not notice if there is no answer, after a time, she lets […]

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Elizabeth Hughes’ Book Periscope column

Exit Lives by Jamel Gross Exit Lives is a short horror story about a couple who plan to go on a trip after the husband’s grandparents died. The man’s grandparents told him stories that were so horrible he went to a doctor and was prescribed anti-psychotic meds to handle the delusions. On their way to the airport […]

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Poetry from J.J. Campbell

———————————————————————————- up against the roof   sometimes on these nights where i can hear the rain pounding up against the roof   i lay in bed alone and wish to die   i know it’s not likely but a boy can dream   though, i have no interest in seeing my funeral   i don’t […]

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Photography from Jim Zola

These four photos include what I call the Georgia O’Keeffe Tree (a tree directly outside of the O’Keeffe Musuem in Santa Fe, NM) — a broken Christmas ornament, branches reflected in water, and an installation art piece made up of donated ladders. Jim Zola has worked in a warehouse, as a security guard, in a […]

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Poetry from Akinmade Abayomi Zeal

  A Whim to Lie! Ogun, hear my plea, I have a whim to lie. Oh, Venerated one! You boast a largeese of oceans Yet choose to bath in pools of blood. Ogun oooooooooooooooo! The mighty man of valour, Custodian of the sacred oath, Keeper of sanity. The mighty king of Ire. He boasts a […]

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Poetry from Michael Robinson

Mirror  Have you seen my soul? Do you see what I see when I look into the mirror? Seeing my soul is seeing the woodpecker at the feeder with its black and white body nesting in the morning sun. Newness  He wanted to write a poem of the mountains only to describe his own success […]

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