With our paint and poetry issue, we wax poetic with our features on the late, great poet-painter Joe Brainard and Tulsa’s own Russian expatriate Yevgeny Yevtushenko. We also bring you writing from Oklahoma’s patron saint of poetry, Fran Ringold.
JUST AS I WAS: CONFESSIONS OF A FALLEN SOUTHERN BAPTIST: Sheilah Bright takes one more step towards ridding herself of her Baptist upbringing once and for all.
IMAGINARY OKLAHOMA: Tao Lin brings us a story about Nicholas Cage gorging himself on cookies and panini.
GOODBYE TULSA: Shawna Lewis says “Goodbye” to poet Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel—and possibly to the end of snail mail.
POETIC TULSA: Fran Ringold, the reigning matron of Tulsa poetry, waxes poetic about Oklahoma’s elaborate, if brief, love affair with the form.
ONE LONG SOUNDLESS SCREAM: Jeff Martin explores the validity of poetry today on the anniversary of Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s most famous work, “Babi Yar.”
THE WORLD IS YOURS: Holly Wall profiles Joe Brainard, a Tulsa artist who moved to New York to find inspiration, and who quit painting to find peace.
BACK IN TULSA AGAIN: Joe Brainard takes us on a wild ride to his home town.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATION: In-house illustrator Jeremy Luther slays some longhorns.
“C” IS FOR COLLABORATION: James Vance examines the lesser-known comics art legacy of Tulsa painter and poet Joe Brainard.
POETRY: We present “The Japanese Garden” by Ron Padgett and “Autobiography” by Joe Brainard.
LETTER FROM SIBERIA: Cecilia Whitehurst writes of her time as an exchange student in Russia, where the host family shot vodka and the ice was always gray.
TRUE TULSA: Ralph Cole delivers a stunning shot of Tulsa singer, songwriter and actress Annie Ellicott. Featuring, as always, jaw-dropping feats of artistic acrobatics by Jeremy Luther and art director Carlos Knight.