Erato (GT) High Grade (CSM) Ink (RHIT) Rune (MIT) Signatures (RIT)

ArtiST 2012 Winners
The five participating journals were judged by Dr. Jake Adam York on literary content, art/layout/design, and use of technology/format. The winners are:
Rune (MIT): Best Literary Content
Signatures (RIT): Best Art & Layout/Design
High Grade (CSM): Best Use of Technology/Format
The Journals
Erato High Grade Ink Rune Signatures

Volume One
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She Wanted to Save me the SkyShira Richman
My first word was north. I knew it
would be, but not what it meant
until I said it. I said it when I saw a white

speck in the blue-black sky. That's when
my mother said, Pack up. It's time
we move. South, and drove us down to Aberdeen

where the clouds perpetually cover the face of the sky.
That winter she announced, Four-thirty
is the new magic number, your new bedtime.

I knew she knew I shouldn't see
the dandelion seed shaped light.
That's when north started multiplying in my dreams

until it undid the dark, undid the night.
Doll and GirlShifan "Lewis" Geng
NoiseSasha Rose Herbert
SmokeJanet Li
She sits and types
Watching smoke unfurling tenderly,
Translucent wisps
floating heavenward from her fingertips.
She stares in the mirror, but her face
is lost behind a thick cloud
That folds and unfolds and contracts upon itself
until it is, too, lost in space.
She practices blowing smoke rings,
watches the perfect little O's escape from her mouth
like the ghosts of donuts,
While slivers of ash
gray, silver, white, black
Fall like confetti to the floor.
Bit by bit, they pile up over each other,
carpeting the ground with fire's dead remains,
Silent carcasses of Flame's once bright and dancing youth. Slowly, gradually,
they cover her feet,
Reach her legs, her chest, her neck;
Encase her frozen face,
mouth still petrified in a ring-shaped 'O'.
Again and again
tendrils of flaking white ash flutter down,
Mount higher and higher;
Smother her flat eyes, her brows, the tips of her pixie-cut hair until there is no sign of the girl,
until she is gone,
Buried alive in the fragile, collapsible graveyard
with all the corpses
of her own smoke.
Breathing BonesLeah Brunetto
Summer FruitJohn Pigg
Cigar WomanMaxim Przystaw
Lost in TranslationChristine Hrdlicka
RaindropsDavid Kirslis
There I sat, waiting on the train
Over cast, and it began to rain
And as I ran, I slowed into a walk
As I saw a girl counting the raindrops
I said “Oh Miss, we should head for shelter soon,
Don’t make no sense getting all wet, and they’ve got plenty room”
She said “What do you know about sense? Because it’s really just state of mind
Sense is a mistake made by most, made by most mankind
Because if you see your world as I do mine
The sky is always black
Just pay it no mind
From ash to ash
Just flesh and bones
She said it’s just you
You’re on your own
So I must wait to catch my train,
And no, I really don’t mind the rain
But if you live to discover something new
Could you please tell me? I’d love to change my view”

There I stood, drenched and soaking wet
Left with her words, which I’d never forget
She disappeared and I watched the rain fall
Trying to make sense of this world, make sense of it all
Because if you see your world as I do mine
Don’t worry about your things, don’t worry about time
What I believe can’t be took
And you won’t find it in any book
I don’t know what exist up above
I just believe in kindness and in love
So what I will say, from all that I know
Don’t let your heart drown in your mind’s sorrow.
WeatheredRandy Thurman
Inner BeautyKelli Phillips
The SplitRory Olsen
I was looking at the bathroom mirror
when I noticed
a faint crack on my forehead
looking like a jagged, angry hair

I leaned in closer,
to see the crack run further like
the next frame of some high-speed camera's
photos of a lightning strike

So I jerked my head back
and you know what, it cracked more
if my head had been an egg,
it would've been almost time for omelets

Struck with horror and stunned with
fascination, I watched on, open-mouthed
while I became much more
Tides in WinterShane Schrader
wet ice on my face

eyes closed in the torrent of

white diamonds in flight.
Shades of WinterCandice Cornetet
UntitledAudrey Marilyn Jacobs
WaxBen Bowlin
I’m so optimistic! I admit
Ghosts haunt our intentions. Deep shit
Will confuse us. We will quit one
moment’s notice before we would’ve

But – you know? – despite it I,
With all my failings, still believe.
In god, in you, in a million things
No expert can disprove. I

All disbelief as unpoetic. As a ruse
And, among the slow, diffuse
Dance from now to next, I do
Not despair. I knew you’d read this

Are not you anymore than I am. Know
That nothing’s ever ending; at the worst,
Things will just grow.
The Naked LadyKelli Phillips
I'm Only HumanSandunie Liyanagame
HungerDorian Dargan
SilenceMichael Rooney
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kick kick thuh-dump thuh-dump
squish vooooooooooooooooooommmmmm
thuh-dump thuh-dump thuh-dump thuh-dump
waaah waaaaahh WAAAAA-------
vooooooooooooommmmm swish swish
"That's it ma'am
you may experience
some nausea"
The Girlfriend ExperienceAnson Clark
My girlfriend asked me if I loved her,
But I could not answer – you see, I always
Keep my cards close to my chest; like the best
Poker player.

No-one could possibly have such a blank expression
When asked life's most important questions.

"Tell me, does anything ever remain?"
"Grains in a coffee cup," was the only answer I could give.

I took her to New York City last Christmas.
She twirled around the ice-rink like a flower blowing
In life's kingly wind.

"Do you love me?" again she asked.
"You know I can't answer that question."
"So, it's a yes, then?"

There were cars big as stars,
There were skyscrapers shiny as chrome.
And then... then there was her.

You see, when faced with naked emotion,
Both within and without, sometimes one
Can only stare. Have a blank expression,
Like a painter's canvas before color is
Masterly applied.
Color would look so perfect on this fresco,
But I'm afraid of being completed, finished.
Initially admired then stored in some back room;
Deemed not beautiful enough,
For silver can never shine the brightest.
I did not yet understand that the sky,
A mighty canvas rolling, gives its gold

To all who look at it; poor or rich man,
Those who experience godly peace,
Or hell's desperate dark.
When beauty is there we must treasure it,
But not its self possess. But still I kept my cards
Hidden, locked away in some heartly vault.

I was so occupied that I did not notice that the plaster
Was drying, so the buon fresco might never be finished.

The thought of being a writer was my labor,
And love it consumed.
Was she merely Armani draped over my rigid,
Unbending arm?

I supposed I wanted the fame of Kerouac, or Hesse,
Without applying the effort their work deserved.
Wanting to drink in coffee houses with a facial glow,
Recognized by passers-by and rambling drunks.
Much preferable than having to summon gods and demons;
Alone in my room. The cold winter biting.
A writer not a reader. I never read the pages held within.
That was my last Christmas with her.
She died of meningitis.
The giornata had dried.
And if only I had had the courage to tell her
That all the cards I kept obscured inside
Were hearts.

(Have I failed because I have spoken more about myself than her?)
TangledKevin Barry
LungeBenlin Alexander
Legs of SteelDorian Dargan
I want legs of steel
so when I give the kick of life
i know yall feel me.

i speak not of dreams, of Nebuchadnezzar's muses
but of substance, of real.

legs of steel
that crush ignorance with swift blows
opening ethereal portals of epiphany
like cracked clay pots leaking ether

...that elevated air one breathes,
enlightening, informing and transforming...

i wish to be a milkman of sorts,
delivering new nourishment
while smashing down strongholds of complacency...

a Thai warrior,
a champion of cognizance...
strong, brazen and battle-tested.

with legs of steel.
Another State of MindSandunie Liyanagamage
Mr. GillyAudrey Marilyn Jacobs
The Newspaper is DeadChristianna Piwinski
I am the ink
that collects
                       in the pools
of your finger
when you read
the obituaries
                       in the newspaper.
ChronosIan Stone
Earth BrothersAnna Leigh Clem
Phone poles, broken tree souls
Ode to our fallen soldiers
Their breath is what we once breathed and
Now we heave from ashen leaves

Electric veins remain in vain
Earth brothers laid down to rest
At best the bookshelf holding on
To a hundred reflections of self
FallRachel Andrews
i smell sky
haze of sea picked up by
the breeze, the yellow
coins drop to the brick
and seep into the cracks and
dimples and disappear.
a tally of these days grows
and the jar-ful dwindles
i taste air
full of healthy promise
i see colors
and wonder how everything
used to be so dim
Thanks to everyone who participated in the very first ArtiST collaboration! We look forward to seeing you all next year!

2012 Itinerary

April 5th: Campus Reading and Banquet
Reading by Dr. Jake Adam York ( followed by a Q&A session.
Meet-and-Greet Dinner

April 6th: Roundtable Discussions, Workshop, and Reading
A round table discussion about running an art/lit journal at a technical institute.
"Balancing the Brain"
"Making Choices: How to Build a Literary Community"
National Poetry Month poetry readings
Journal Workshop

April 7th: ArtiST Collaboration
ArtiST Collab
Guided hike through the foothills

Download a PDF version of the itinerary here.

Conference Overview

Location: CSM
Dates: April 5th - 7th, 2012
Guest: Dr. Jake Adam York


ArtiST sponsored by the Hennebach Program in the Humanities


Contact High Grade with any questions!