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July 2008 -- The Senses

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  • Behind the Art:
    Painting the Sphinx
  • Artist Spotlight:
    The Harmonious Work of Warwick Goble (1862-1943)
  • Myths and Symbols:
    From Triumphs to Tarots
  • Wombat Droppings:
    The Essence of Erotica
  • EMG News:
    EMG News for July

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  • Cyberfunded Creativity In Context
  • Senses: Feeding Your Moods and Creativity

    Fiction

  • Poem: A Sense of You
  • Fiction: Eating Words
  • Poem: Senseless

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  • Tomb of the King: Valley of the Moon, Pt 3
  • Falheria: Senses


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  • Eating Words
    by Tamara Kaye Sellman

    The skull smiles, even as fleshly lips sag and tears trickle from eyes soft in their beds. It is harder to see behind the skin, to see—or perhaps better to hear—the jawbones grinding like tectonic plates, molars hungry for tension to teethe upon, for something resilient, salty, endless. Most words cannot be consumed and swallowed by the back teeth, for the brain is either asleep or daydreaming and, in either case, doesn’t pay proper attention. It is from this recklessness that words often pass through the gorge of the soft palate without ever touching the walls of the throat’s dark cave. Once delivered to the front of the mouth, they are carved by the knives of incisors and bicuspids, then polished to a high luster by the tongue before escaping the cranial chamber. How the molars starve, then, discontent with a diet of flavorless salivary shadows! Pressed, top to bottom, they poise for the moment when the seizure of nonrefundable words becomes a concern for the heart, the sometimes keeper of the brain. In that event, the silent synapses are urged to tap out emergency telegrams, which in turn dispatch adrenal troops; they rush to arm the jaws following on the rhythmic cadence of the aortal drums. How greedily the mandible traps regrettable syllables inside the snare of the skeleton’s grin! Oh, the flavor of consonants and vowels, sometimes served in a sauce of fra diavolo, sometimes drenched in balsamic mignonette. Oh, how happy it makes the mouth to scare the sleeping mind awake!

    Tamara Kaye Sellman has had her writing (poetry, short stories, nonfiction) published widely and internationally (US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Malaysia). Most recently, her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Terrain, Serendipity, The Hiss Quarterly, Cantaraville 2, Long Story Short, 13th Moon, Susurrus, Literary Mama, Cezanne's Carrot, The Clackamas Literary Review, the Collections, Fetishes & Obsessions anthology, the Freak Lightning anthology, Sea Stories, Voices in the Dark, and kaleidowhirl.
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