RACA ONLINE Issue 1, November 2012

RACA ONLINE
Featured Artist
Norwood Creech

Norwood Creech lives in the agricultural flatlands of Northeast Arkansas. The source for her work is what's in front of her: a rural, agricultural landscape of diminishing population, carrying with it tales of the Old South. This landscape represents Southern agriculture and its heritage, with stories of small lost towns, the history of cotton, and the apparent effect that the evolution of technology has had on agriculture, communities, and the landowners and farmers who still live and work there.

Fiction
Fulton County Fair
by John Jodzio
Fiction Fulton County Fair by John Jodzio

Fulton County Fair, Cherry Pie Contest, 18 and Under Division Contestant #1 baked two pies this morning. One for the judges and one for her. She ate one pie with her fingers in the parking lot of the fairgrounds, trying not to think about how she got up for a glass of water last night […]

Profile
David Lundahl
by Matthew Fluharty
Profile David Lundahl by Matthew Fluharty

“You can’t make art here!” David Lundahl has heard those words many times across his three decades at New Light Studios in southern Wisconsin. He’s heard it from friends and neighbors, from folks he meets in town, and from the small number of individuals within the larger art world who, by word of mouth, have […]

Essay
Heart of a Rural Artist
by Nicole Helget
Essay Heart of a Rural Artist by Nicole Helget

The beans fields, yellow and brittle, tremble at the coming combines. Monarchs rise up out of the milkweed patches and prepare for their migration south. The once constant hum of the cicada is dim, replaced by night crickets chirping in primal, erotic hope. In the sharp white sky, the geese and barn swallows convene in […]

Profile
Jon Knecht
by Curt Germundson
Profile Jon Knecht by Curt Germundson

Jon Knecht I am to visit, down the dirt road past Mapleton. The farm into whose driveway I pull up is his home. Arrived he did from Fargo, his heart pulled him away thence 24 years ago. Once he had a studio in Mankato’s Carnegie Art Center, now the space of art creation is the […]

Memoir Excerpt
Husbandry
by Debra Monroe
Memoir Excerpt Husbandry by Debra Monroe

Reader, I married this guy. A year later he left, hauling himself and his guitars away on Halloween, hours before a party I was hosting. We graduate students socialized with fervor—getting too drunk too soon, ignoring social niceties to cement these new friendships, stories of mishaps our creation myth. Standing at the top of stairs […]

Essay
Deliberate Structures
by Gary Justis
Essay Deliberate Structures by Gary Justis

In large and small cities, I sometimes feel weighted down by a waifish feeling. The feeling comes from the sense of how the city’s difficult, dangerous, and uncertain circumstances re-direct the soul. There is slackness from periodic exhaustion, feelings of the self being absorbed into a frenetic and faceless mass of the population. It is […]

Poem
Thanksgivings
by Richard Robbins
Poem Thanksgivings by Richard Robbins

One son driving toward them, one son driving them away. Candles flutter in their brass. Bowl by bowl, roast by roast, the table grows beyond its tiny room of Old World paintings, silk and lace, tea pots cast by foreign hands and marked with bright ideograms for luck. Still no snow. A jittery flame, music […]

Poem
Away
by Richard Robbins
Poem Away by Richard Robbins

He thanked the cracked skin of his knuckle, the one he barely knew until its collision with plaster. He thanked the terra cotta head and painted plate. He will tell the truth about them. He thanked the close air. He thanked the small room where he could praise, for the window bright from fallen snow, […]