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Abstract seeks fine art in all forms that engages with both the crises and joys of our shared human condition. We seek art that engages the edge of now; we seek to explore a future forward zeitgeist with a respect for the gifts of the past. We are looking for both established and emerging artists across a broad range of genres. Our criteria is quality.
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Incantation by Stephen Scott Whitaker

02 May 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art Credit: Marie Dashkova, Photographer INCANTATION The bones are mine and the cookie cutters are mine and ripe smell of the compost is mine, and the dress curling at my ankles is mine.   The tattoo of the shark, and the elephant static and electric…

Song for Lard by Susan Elbe

02 May 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art Credit: “Confusione” by Vivian Nimue Wood Valle d’ Aosta SONG FOR LARD I sing for pig fat, for leaf lard, fatback, caul fat, for the small white icebergs my grandmother dropped into a black iron skillet she never washed, only swiped with newsprint and put…

Dirty Deals with Dictators by Howie Good

02 May 2017, Posted by admin in Short Fiction

Art Credit: “Pai que estais no Ceu, by Vera Fonseca DIRTY DEALS WITH DICTATORS It’s now a crime in Utah to harass cattle with drones. The really strange thing is that no one thought this was strange. They want to see the trapeze artist fall and…

Mother Meth by M.A. Rossi

28 Apr 2017, Posted by admin in Short Fiction

Art Credit: Andre Gonçalves MOTHER METH I joined a volunteer project and was asked to remove furniture from an abandoned home. But I didn’t expect tales of occupants made for a messy cable movie. A mother of four strung out on meth having sex parties…

The Ghost in You by Jefferson Navicky

27 Apr 2017, Posted by admin in Fiction

Art Credit: Andre Gonçalves THE GHOST IN YOU lives happy. For the most part. When you update. When you take picture. When you post. When you upload. When you feed, the ghost is happy enough. She likes to eat and toast and get a little…

Hearts and Minds by Barry Basden

26 Apr 2017, Posted by admin in Fiction

Art Credit: Dawei Ding HEARTS AND MINDS This afternoon, using a broom cupboard scrounged from the shattered house, we buried a little girl who bled to death yesterday. We put in some blossoms and laid the girl’s leg in beside her. Then we lowered the cupboard…

Swish: Haibun by Rich Youmans

24 Apr 2017, Posted by admin in Fiction

Art Credit: “Untitled” by Alfonso Barberio SWISH Projects playgound— jump shot arcing from star to star   Evening shadows steal across the low concrete buildings, the cracked-slab courtyards, over fast-food wrappers and bottle shards. He feels the air on his face, cold and sharp, as…

you cannot turn: Haibun by Rich Youmans

24 Apr 2017, Posted by admin in Fiction

Art Credit: “Someone Else’s Bed” by Andre Gonçalves YOU CANNOT TURN: HAIBUN BY RICH YOUMANS   the key. it is in the ignition, and your fingers tense around its pebbled casing. but you cannot turn it; you cannot move. you have stalled at a downtown…

Party Girl by mybluesweden

12 Apr 2017, Posted by admin in Music

Art Credit: Marie Dashkova PARTY GIRL BY MYBLUESWEDEN “We chose this song because we feel it best fits the vibe for abstractmagtv: gorgeous and unexpected. That’s what we are going for, too. This song intentionally has an unconventional structure and swings.” Stanley Thiele, for mybluesweden  …

First Visit to Canyon Country: Haibun by Ray Rasmussen

12 Apr 2017, Posted by admin in Fiction

Art Credit: Martha Winterhalter FIRST VISIT TO CANYON COUNTRY BY RAY RASMUSSEN Friends, who on occasion join my outdoor adventures, suggest I should slow down, be in, not just move through a place. They complain that I hike too fast to enjoy the landscapes we passing through. And I think,…


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