“Shared Ritual” by Sneha Subramanian Kanta

Teal blue under light brown with white horizon.
Horizon 23-20, Gordon Skalleberg

In the dream,
the fields are green again,
the river is unnamed and runs like rivers
run, connecting with another artery of water, running into
the shore of another village. Against the light, we are travellers carrying
pails of water for our thirst. Who passed before this path,
a stranger in the night, looking for water, looking for respite?


Sneha Subramanian Kanta is a 2022 Anaphora Fellow, a recipient of the 2022 Digital Residency at The Seventh Wave and the 2021 Robert Hayden Scholarship at Stockton University. She is the author of the chapbook Ghost Tracks (Louisiana Literature, 2020). She is the founding editor of Parentheses Journal.


Swedish artist Gordon Skalleberg paints in oil on untreated wood, unique grain patterns are visible beneath the paint, intensifying movement and texture. Now residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Skalleberg transitioned to full-time artist after years in the family’s business. His relocation inspired a distinctive twist on Southwestern features – desert landscapes, mountains, open skies – in a semi-abstract landscape-style. His work has shown in Sweden, New York, and Santa Fe, and he has done commissioned portraits for a Netflix production.