Featured Works: Week of Sept. 7 (Nature Meets Art)

By on Sep 6, 2015 in Issue Archives

Stone face with leaves

Kiss Me by Elizabeth Bragg


As long as humans have been singing, painting, chanting, writing and sculpting, we have been inspired by nature. This week’s contributors, all poets, share different ways that art and the natural world may intersect.

How to Spot a Knock-Off” by Megan Merchant imagines ways of turning nature into living works of art.

Beauty, Flawed” by James Von Hendy praises the aesthetics of imperfection.

Flight Lines” by Kevin Casey muses on the residual effects of wildlife entering human space.

Suburban Choka No. 4,” also by Kevin Casey, meditates on lawn mowing.


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, AlyceWilson.com. In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.