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Eggs in the California Sun: Issue 50 Action Shots!

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Fifty with tags , , , on October 24, 2013 by mohawko

Welcome back! We’re proud to present (finally!) the action shots of Issue 50, collected by Operative Ashley Tobin around Orange County, CA, in the warmest days of this summer (photos and commentary both by the operative).

Little Paris

Little Paris

Gazing at the Eiffel Tower mural in my great aunt Cheryl’s tea shop, “Paris in a Cup.” It’s located in the historic “Orange Circle,” in Southern California. If you’re ever around there, check it out. *wink wink*

Some Shapes

Some Shapes

Leaving “The Perfect Circle” cupcakery, also located in the “Orange Circle.” Yes, I am aware that cupcakery is not an actual word, but bear with me.

The Best Ones

The Best Ones

Outside of “Paris in a Cup.” It was imperative to my little sister that she be in some of the pictures with me.

Wildlife

Wildlife

The iconic water fountain in the center of the “Orange Circle.” It seemed that the event that was going on around me was a meet and greet with locals and Orange County bikers. Yes, very enthralling.

Road Signs

Road Signs

Examining Audrey and the wall decals of the cupcakery in all their glory.

ONE MORE YEAR

ONE MORE YEAR

The harmonious voices of my family rang out in this picture while they sang “Happy Birthday” to me.

Reversal

Reversal

Late night picture of a late night food run.

"The Mermaid Lagoon"

“The Mermaid Lagoon”

Hiking to “The Mermaid Lagoon,” a quaint little water hole my father and I found when I was younger.

The Oversized Plants of California

The Giant Flora of California

Indulging in Indian cuisine at Himalayan Grill in Huntington Beach.

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Many, many thanks to both Alisa Golden and Ashley Tobin for making 50 issues come off in fine style.

Next issue, we are heading to the swamps.

BONNAROO: Issue 49.2 Action Shots!

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Forty-Nine (Part Two) with tags , , , on July 28, 2013 by mohawko

We are delighted to present the following photo-set of our latest issue, brought to us filtered through beauty both natural and teeming by Operative Dillon J. Welch, straight out of Manchester, TN and the set of Bonnaroo, where people wear birds like clothes (commentary by none other than the operative himself):

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THE KIDS ARE JUST FINE

Got the tent popped, the carpet spread, the canopy hoisted, and the generator up and running in record time. This one’s for sitting back and admiring your own work. This one’s for beer. This one’s for the kids.

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WHAT MOST FAIL TO UNDERSTAND UPON INITIAL INSPECTION, ALL AT ONCE BECOMES CLEAR

On the hottest day of the week, it’s okay to drink a glass of lemonade. Here you can see me standing in an actual stance of “being okay with drinking a glass of lemonade.” A curious festival-goer behind me in line said “What does his shirt say?” And then she said “I don’t get it.” And then she said “Oh—I get it now.” She gets it now.

ALWAYS AIM FOR THE OIL DRUMS

ALWAYS AIM FOR THE OIL DRUMS

The Bonnaroo arch. A symbol of freedom. A symbol of not really knowing where your wallet is, even though you could’ve sworn you left it in the center console in your car, but it wasn’t there the last time you looked. Important to note the exhausted looking horde moving slowly through the serpentine railing formation. Note the grass, trampled and greying. Note the sky, the trees, the oil drum trash can (deftly labeled “Trash!”).

CROSSING THE THRESHOLD

CROSSING THE THRESHOLD

Crossing the Threshold, 2013, Silver gelatin print, 14 x 10 inches

THEODORE

THEODORE

Standing in front of Bonnaroo’s famous “Silent Disco” tent. It is in this tent where a man named Ted wears headphones and dances with an air of sudden and stifling uncertainty. It is there where Ted sways slightly to the left, and then slightly to the right. Ted knows a crowd stands just beyond the railing, silently judging his every quiet, unfortunate movement. It is in this tent where Ted will shed a layer of his skin. He will violently cocoon himself to the tune of some in-house DJ’s twee interpretation of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.” He will break free and moth into the wild and untethered night.

Or maybe he’ll get drunk and sing along to “Free Falling” with Tom Petty’s reanimated corpse.

TRADITIONAL CEREMONIAL DRESS

TRADITIONAL CEREMONIAL DRESS

On my way to see Björk wear some kind of endangered bird around her neck like a marvelous heirloom. Bro in the jersey told me Daniel Tosh insulted his forlorn mother. In this picture, Bro is on his way to the craft beer tent to dunk his head in a vat of the heartiest local pilsner.

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SOME FLAGS, NO MATTER HOW HIGH YOU HOIST THEM, ARE DESTINED TO BE TORN DOWN

My friend Colton knows all of the words to Jack Johnson’s “Bubble Toes.”

Camera guy (Corey) got annoyed with my constant photo demands. Here you can see me pretending to enjoy the music, while standing still enough to avoid blurry pictures. [Note: I tried to get The Tallest Man on Earth to give a shout out to Safety Pin, but he wasn’t having it. Whatever. The man’s a liar. He’s not even tall. He’s not even short enough for his name to be ironic.]

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LIKEWISE, SOME NATURAL STRUCTURES ARE MEANT TO BE TORN DOWN

LIKEWISE, SOME NATURAL STRUCTURES ARE MEANT TO BE TORN DOWN

After a long week of poor decisions and finding oneself perfectly lost in the dark of a field full of drugged-out twenty-somethings, it’s important to reflect on what makes you a person, what makes you tangible. This is a waterfall. It is large and made of water. Beneath it are rocks. Beneath all of us are rocks. Miley Cyrus once swung on a rope swing above this very waterfall. Miley Cyrus knows about the rocks beneath us all.

BLOCKAGE

BLOCKAGE

I ate a cheeseburger from Wendy’s just before this picture. It was beautiful. It made me feel like a wind-torn statue. I think that’s all I want in life: to feel like something solid, immovable. And cheeseburgers from Wendy’s.

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See you soon.

 

Empirical Data #1: Issue 49 (Part One) Action Photos!!

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Forty-Nine (Part One) with tags , , , on July 9, 2013 by mohawko

We’re just thrilled to present the first grouping of Action Shots from Issue 49, a three-poem series brought to us by James Tadd Adcox. The first piece is worn here by Operative Afra al-Mussawir in Austin, TX (with commentary by the operative!):

The Vehicle AKA the Wheelchair

The Vehicle AKA the Wheelchair

If you stare at a wheelchair long enough, will it become a small bird?

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If you stare at a woman in a wheelchair long enough, will she become nameless and comforting?

Ready to Work Out

Ready to Work Out

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At the Wheelchair Fitness Center

At the Wheelchair Fitness Center

…where the poem sparked an unexpected and bewildering debate as to whether it was really possible for a bird to remain nameless for long. I got a few “Oh, I like that” and “Yeah, I saw that–what’s that all about?” responses.

BBQ #1

BBQ #1

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BBQ #2

BBQ #2

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BBQ #5

BBQ #5

Group lunch at the BBQ place after working out. The guy behind the register didn’t see the poem until I turned around to model it for him. His response was: “Yeah, I like that.” The people on line behind me didn’t comment; I think they were too hungry to appreciate The Scientific Method.

Outside Quack's

Outside Quack’s

I played chess with my friend Victor in this coffee shop, and after he finished squashing me like a bug, I waited outside for my ride home. A café employee bussing tables outside asked me, “So, who won?” I distracted him by pointing out the poem. “I like that,” he said. “About the bird. I like that.” Then he agreed to take a pic featuring the poem and the coffee shop storefront.

Keep Austin Weird

Keep Austin Weird

I think sometimes Austinites try too hard.

When I asked the cashier at a department store if he wanted to see the poem on my back, the lady behind me on line piped up. “I read it!” she said. “It’s good,” she assured the cashier.

Outside the Old Toy Joy

Outside the Old Toy Joy

It turns out Toy Joy is moving to a downtown location – NOOOOOO!!! I caught them just as they were moving some last items, the hand chairs being the last to get loaded onto to the truck. Total transformation I can handle – even turning into a bird – but moving downtown? I’m gonna miss those chairs. Oh, and the plastic Godzillas in the window display.

49 - Alborz

Alborz

At the Persian restaurant. I think probably the belly dancer was twirling too fast to catch the poem, but my friend’s cousin took a pic of it for herself. See, I was right: no one can appreciate poetry until after they’ve eaten.

TFB

TFB

Breakfast at the Texas French Bread down the block from the old Toy Joy. No one commented on the poem. Adults are not supposed to stare at people in wheelchairs. I wished they would so that I could fly off in a flurry of feathers.*

*No birds were harmed in the making of this photoessay, but brisket was consumed with gusto.

This Light: Issue 48 Action Shots

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Forty-Eight with tags , , on May 28, 2013 by mohawko

In the midst of the rains that seem to have engulfed New York as of late, we emerge from the waters into the fresh air of Wake Forest, North Carolina, from which hails our latest beautiful series of Action Shots, brought to us by the incomparable Operative Emily Ramser. And so we travel, ever backwards:

The fields, the fields, the fields

The fields, the fields, the fields

From the operative:

“A friend and I drove out to an abandoned golf course to take a few pictures. Sadly, we didn’t find many people interested in reading my back there. In fact, we only stumbled upon a teenage couple making out, who ran away from us, embarrassed, without stopping to read my jacket.”

Anyone Finds Anyone

Anyone Finds Anyone

“My photographer friend wanted to experiment with artistic views, so he had me sit in mud and a drain pipe. Fun times. I was certainly contemplating diving in and becoming water by this point.”

Twins

Twins

“When a place becomes abandoned like this, it’s a mystery that anybody finds anybody.”

You Cannot Practice Traveling Backwards in Time

You Cannot Practice Traveling Backwards in Time

‘Practicing for exams, I have the habit of perching on desks, as my teachers call it.”

There Is No Such Thing As Underwater

There Is No Such Thing As Underwater

“I wandered down to my town’s yearly ‘Meet in the Street’ with David’s piece on my back. I can’t tell you how many people ran after me going ‘WAIT! STOP! I want to finish reading!’”

Other Kinds of Light

Other Kinds of Light

“Just another instance of me having to explain the meaning of caliginous to someone.”

Degrees

Degrees

“Bringing thought into a place of ruin.”

I STAND CORRECTED

I STAND CORRECTED

“I was letting professors of Southeastern Baptist Seminary read my jacket after an essay reading I attended where a good friend of mine was speaking. Everyone was very impressed with David’s piece, some of the professors in attendance in particular.”

Sweatshirt Eternal

Sweatshirt Eternal

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This phenomenal issue belongs totally to David Tomaloff and Emily Ramser, communicating in unexpected, inter-medial ways. Enormous thanks to them both; and the promise of refreshments should path cross path.

Texan Royalty and the Future of Poetry: Issue 45 Action Shots!

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Forty-Five with tags , , , on February 9, 2013 by mohawko

Fresh from the tumbleweed-ridden lands of Austin, TX and the back of Operative Joey, the SPR is proud to present the following, shamelessly political set of Action Shots, premiering with this artful, windswept portrait:

Arms Reaching Out to No One

Arms Reaching Out to No One

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Next, we visit the royal palaces of Texas.

Before the Gates of Montezuma

Before the Gates of Montezuma

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Inside the Gates (A Sacrifice Is Made)

Inside the Gates (A Sacrifice Is Made)

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On the walls of the palace:

Joey w/ A Bush

Joey w/ A Bush

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Lighting the Fire of Revolution

Lighting the Fire of Revolution

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PIONEERS

PIONEERS

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On his journeys with the story on his back, Joey collected three tales (in his own words):

The Wilted Leaves of the Modern Art

The Wilted Leaves of the Modern Art

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1) The first day I wore it a couple of elderly women sitting behind me at a coffee shop asked to take my picture – they said that they loved it.
Shimmery People

Shimmery People

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2) One day as I was walking to a diner a man, who looked rather scraggly, with a staff (although I suppose he called it a bow, does that make it a bow staff?) yelled at me to stop so that he could read it. I bit back the fear, but only for you my good sir [curator/browbeater], and let him approach. He then explained that if some guy kissed him he would probably hit him with the very staff he was toting – he then further related an event in which he did use that staff to hit someone in the head repeatedly – no worries, I made it to the diner.
(EDITORIAL NOTE: This is the kind of people who inhabit Austin, TX. Casual staff-wielders. Probably dressed like the shimmeries in the photo.)
Joey Is Addicted to Firepower

Joey Is Addicted to Firepower

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3) the night of my birthday I was wearing it at a club – two older gay gentlemen asked me about it, and then laughed at the age – saying that they were about 60.
The Faces That Are Always Watching

The Faces That Are Always Watching

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Where Children Go to Drown

Where Children Go to Drown

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Holiday Cheer Lasts Forever

Holiday Cheer Lasts Forever

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Majesty:

The Man Who Learned to Fly

The Man Who Learned to Fly

And so we have achieved the power of flight.

Welcome to Texas.

Mucho thanks to Joey Holloway, for wearing Cassandra’s poem; to Cassandra Gillig, for contributing the poem and turning the SPR on its side; and to Chad Redden, for being the muse.

See you next week.

“Bag the Bodies and Burn Them All”: Issue 44 Action Shots from Portland

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Forty-Four with tags , , , , , , , on January 26, 2013 by mohawko

We could not be more pleased with these Action Shots, fresh from Operative Robert wearing Joshua Young’s piece. See them below!

But first things first, WATCH THE READING OF A SAFETY PIN REVIEW STORY BY ITS OPERATIVE IN A FARAWAY PLACE:

This reading took place at the Big Ass Boom Box festival at Floating World Comics in Portland.

!!!!!!!!!

A sign, a sign of things to come.

All of These Cars Will Be Crushed by Nightfall

All of These Cars Will Be Crushed by Nightfall

The Safety Pin Review is STREETWISE with Robert Duncan Gray.

Innumerable Casualties in the Name of Something Else

Innumerable Casualties in the Name of Something Else

It gets the SPR all hot and bothered when folks take to spreading the love. We are big fans of Getting the Word Out Via Multiple Operatives.

We Wear These Stories Like Condiments

We Wear These Stories Like Condiments

Here, honorary operative Diana Salier rocks Josh’s poem whilst eating some fries. Jealous types scheme in the background.

The Aluminuminum

The Aluminuminum

In this marvel of photographic composition (those lines! that red door! the coiled hose! – a metaphor for what?!), Rose Tully festoons herself in lovely denim.

Spreading Like Eagles

Spreading Like Eagles

Barn-burner Riley Michael Parker struts his stuff in front of a giant cat’s eye and shows off his shapely legs.

CATS. DIG. SPR.

CATS. DIG. SPR.

Lindsay Allison Ruoff brings the SPR to the cat-people. Meanwhile, an owl watches from the background. In this case, the owl is the metaphor.

Is there any such thing as too many cats in an SPR photo? No.

What Everything Leads To

What Everything Leads To

FUCK YEAH!

Basically, this sums up our feelings towards this set of photos. Tremendous thanks to Joshua Young for providing the killer poem, and Robert Duncan Gray and his gang for spreading the SPR gospel so awesomely around Portland.

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And stay tuned. Tomorrow: a newsflash that probably involves all of you.

Currents: Issue 43 Action Shots!

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Forty-Three with tags , , , on January 7, 2013 by mohawko

Just in passing time for the holidays, at the fringes of new semesters the world over, we awaken their spirit for this seasonal installment of SPR Action Photos, brought to you from Orange, California by Operative Lauren.

Let this be indicative of things to come:

The Pink Umbrella

The Pink Umbrella

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Wood Paneling #2

Wood Paneling #2

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Do you remember the first time a wood-paneled kitchen appeared in the Safety Pin Review?

I THOUGHT SO. It was Issue 10: VEGAN PANCAKES.

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Houses, the Hidden Tiger

Houses, the Hidden Tiger

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WINTER! (in fall colors)

WINTER! (in fall colors)

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Return of the Pink Umbrella

Return of the Pink Umbrella

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It is here that there appears some sort of magic surrounding Operative Lauren, like snow indoors.

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Snowfall in California

Snowfall in California

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I am in love with this effect.

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Beware the Tinselman

Beware the Tinselman

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AND THEN IT MOVED.

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SWEETS

SWEETS

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Christmas, lately arrived

Christmas, lately arrived

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The snow returns to California.

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Baubles

Baubles

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The whole world.

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The Glowing Current

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I love, I love the texture of that coat.

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Thank you, as always, for reading and seeing, and we’ll see you again soon, deeper into the New Year.

And After It All, Something Called Stillness: Issue 41 Action Shots!

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Forty-One with tags , , , on November 24, 2012 by mohawko

We have, shooting outta Dayton, OH, some of the best action shots ever, courtesy of Operative Rabbi David, who strutted his wearing stuff while leading Shabbat services, teaching Krav Maga, and hanging out with his kids. Seriously, this is gonna make you wanna hug someone pretty hard.

Your Very Own Outdoor Shabbat

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Children in the Midwest (Your Very Own Outdoor Shabbat #2)

In all honesty, these are some of my favorite action shots so far. Ever.

FEEL THE LOVES.

Israeli Martial Art

Here, Rabbi David teaches a Krav Maga class, which is Israel’s martial arts/self-defense system, creating a legion of Jews exceptionally well-prepared for hand-to-hand combat.

The counter-attacks are brutal.

Like, a really hard & unexpected hug.

WATCH OUT.

Delicate

Of course there is also time for more sensitive pursuits, such as buying salads.

A HUGGABLE OFFENSE

…or taking care of one’s daughter.

Wherever You Go It Is Pronounced the Same

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Ordering Up a Shabbat Burrito

Of course, it all comes back to the everyone.

The Healing Prayer (Your Very Own Outdoor Shabbat #3)

I think that, given everything, this poem and its wearing– they have certain beautiful thematic relevancies.

Always nice to see things turn out relatively alright.

Before the Ark

Congruency, that’s the word.

Before & After A Day

And that’s it.

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o,
Peace,
Simon, Tyler, & Rabbi David

Rings of Saturn: Issue 40 Action Shots!

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Forty with tags , , , , on November 4, 2012 by mohawko

Operative Chad wore Ken Baumann‘s story and our 40th issue around the environs of the Art Prize, held in Grand Rapids, MI each year. In this once-in-a-lifetime installment of Action Shots, the Safety Pin Review inspires its wearers to make dramatic life choices.

Vision on, to find out how, and where, and when. Chad knows!

This Is How You Plan for the Longest Journey

This is how you frequent your local library.

This Is How You Capture Light

This is how you create mood.

This is How You Win at Business in Western Michigan

This is how you hydrate.

This Is How You Fracture Light

This is how you practice your moves.

This Is How You Take to the Streets

This is how you cross.

This Is How You Spot Objects in the Sky

This is for those who look forever up.

This Is How You Hold On Forever

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And this is how you keep warm.

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Did you know that a ring of Saturn, sized down, fits around your finger just like an engagement ring?

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This Is How You Say Yes

I’d draw your eyes to the pumpkins, but you’ve already read them, haven’t you?

That’s right.

THAT’S RIGHT.

She said yes, of course. *CONGRATULATIONS, CHAD!!!**

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LET THE SPR DEFINE YOUR LIFE. Enter today, by any and every means.

We are reveling. Big ferocious thanks to Chad and Ken for wearing and writing. For always. xx

Mauling Wales: Issue 39 Action Shots!

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Thirty-Nine with tags , , , on October 22, 2012 by mohawko

We are proud to present the following Action Shots, brought to us off the rainy streets and from the shiny white malls of Cardiff, Wales by Operative Rebecca L. Brown, sporting her some Mel Bosworth.  BRING IT ON, Welsh-style:

THE BOOTH

Look at the way the floor pattern moves!

Pondershot #1

Mel’s story inspires deep stares.

THE DOME

This mall; Grecian, in its dimensions.

Pondershot #2

COLUMNS.

Pondershot #3

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Pondershot #4

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ACCESSORIZE THIS (Pondershot #5)

Ghosts in boxes.

The Coming Hordes

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City Glaze

This is visual poetry.

Belts!

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Hand in Hand in Umbrella

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An enormous round of applause to our operative abroad, Rebecca, for making this happen, and to Mel Bosworth, for taking us down so damn far.

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