Issue Archives

Featured Works: Week of July 17 (Life Cycle)

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Life is a series of moments: all of them important. This week our contributors provide glimpses of moments along the path of life. “The First Minutes” by Josh Karaczewski provides a unique perspective on a crucial life moment. “The Red Panda” by Aaron Sokoloff follows a zoo animal on the search for love and adventure. “Off the Road to Hana” and “The Sky is Bursting with Rainlight” by Tim Staley shows how one person processes the loss of a family member. “Last Days of Uncle Arnold” by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen depicts moments at the end of a...

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Featured Works: Week of March 12 (Growing Up)

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This week, Wild Violet’s contributors focus on that fuzzy, confusing time between childhood and adulthood. In her poem “Last Witness to My Childhood,” Jacqueline Jules reflect on life with a disabled sister. John Woodington’s story, “The Weightlifters,” goes back to high school to show how it’s possible to belong and be outsiders at the same time. Eve Kenneally’s poem, “Zayn Leaves One Direction, Teen Girl Twitter Universe Mourns,” captures the repetitive chaos of modern teenage...

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Featured Works: Week of Feb. 12 (Struggles of Faith)

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When everything seems to be going wrong, how can you hold onto faith? This week’s contributors examine this issue, along with the concept of religion. In the long-awaited conclusion of “The Broken Cross” by John T. Hitchens, an adolescent boy questions his faith in the wake of neighborhood drama. The poem by Sean Lause, “The grackle as invisible priest,” uses a religious metaphor to make a nature observation. In the humorous piece by Jason Howell, “A Vegetarian Backslidden,” God’s attempt at vegetarianism accounts for some biblical...

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Featured Works: Week of Oct. 2 (Belief)

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This week our contributors take on belief, in its many manifestations. “If Rather Perpendicular” by John Zedolik contemplates the imagery of heaven. “No Greater Love” by Tom La Cascia shows how belief can be wrapped up with love and hope. “Izamal” by Wes Oldham is part one of a piece about the friction between ancient Mayan culture and...

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Featured Works: Week of Sep. 25 (Modern Life)

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Throughout the ages, poets and writers have examined the times in which they lived. As this week’s contributors demonstrate, our modern lifestyle offers opportunities for both humor and reflection. “In Velvet” by Audrey El-Osta raises a sit-com scene to divine self-expression. “Princess and the 21st Century Space-Age Mattress” by Mat Labotka provides a humorous update of a classic tale. “Interior Monologue (Girl with Cell Phone)” by Frank De Canio turns to the sonnet form for a wry dissection of modern...

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Featured Works: Week of Sep. 11 (Rebirth)

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  Fifteen years ago, we were deep into our preparations for the first issue of Wild Violet, an online magazine blending high art (poetry, literary fiction) with pop culture (humor, reviews, interviews). Taking advice from a poetry professor who said it was our responsibility to make a place for poetry in the world, we wanted to make a place for the arts. Now, as Wild Violet comes back from hiatus — me having spent much of the past ten months dealing with my mom’s estate after her sudden death just before Thanksgiving — it’s a good time to...

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