The Elixir

The Literature and Arts Magazine of Brenau University


April 2015

In The Middle

In The Middle by Karla Utterback


I catch her

staring- or maybe

it’s more like

studying- me. Continue reading “In The Middle”


Breathe Free by Monica Sanchez

(Cover art winner)

-Originally published in The Elixir’s 2014-15 edition


Magnolia by Kate Rochford-Price

“She’s really starting to blossom,” he observed one night to his wife.

“I know,” sighed his wife, reaching over to place her book and reading glasses on the night stand.

“Part of me wishes she was little again,” he said, shutting off the life.

At this, his wife said nothing, simply rolling onto her side. But as he pulled the covers up around his shoulders, he could have sworn he heard her whisper: Continue reading “Magnolia”

An Average Morning

An Average Morning by Kate Rochford-Price

In response to David Small’s

Imogene’s Antlers

It is an average morning.

The birds sing as always,

the cars ramble on.

Yet I, Continue reading “An Average Morning”

Transylvanian Lovers

Transylvanian Lovers by Tahimi Perez-Borroto

My sweet beloved,

your stream of red

sustains me in death.

I cling to you

in the shadows of your dreams.

Continue reading “Transylvanian Lovers”


Red by Tahimi Perez-Borroto

They have been to battle,

fought countless wars.

The blasts of barrels

pace their peaceful hearts.

The slapping of swords, Continue reading “Red”


Venus by Tahimi Perez-Borroto

In response to Sandro Botticelli’s

Birth of Venus (c. 1486)

Born from castration

caused by lust and violence

floats a milky white pearl

from the salty foam of the seas.

Continue reading “Venus”

1:46 AM

1:46 AM by Dianne Honan

I can’t make you stop crying.

Your tiny, red face makes me want to scream,

but I don’t because it’s not your fault

I’m not your father.

Continue reading “1:46 AM”


Care by Dianne Honan

Twisting myself into a sheet cocoon-

I decide not care.

About the glass of milk

spoiling on my nightstand,

my nice pants

wrinkling in the dryer, Continue reading “Care”

Træmand (‘Woodman’)

Træmand (‘Woodman’) by Marissa Hewatt Stephens

I lie face down, four thousand, four hundred,

and forty six miles, seven thousand, one hundred and fifty five kilometers

from not your home,

my lower half inside your dormitory room,

my top half in the hallway, Continue reading “Træmand (‘Woodman’)”

Why I Don’t Date Engineers

Why I Don’t Date Engineers by Marissa Hewatt Stephens

(1st place poetry winner)

Sir Isaac Newton sat under an apple tree

and found refuge from me and my fury

at his economical ordering of a whiskey sour

no ice

and pondered hackneyed: Continue reading “Why I Don’t Date Engineers”

The Man With So Few Words by Deirdre Michele Kunze

-Originally published in The Elixir’s 2014-15 edition

Opposing Views by Dianne Honan

-Originally published in The Elixir’s 2014-15 edition

Simplicidad by Monica Sanchez

-Originally published in The Elixir’s 2014-15 edition

Photo from the Study in Proportion Series by Hannah Rose Jackson

-Originally published in The Elixir’s 2014-15 edition

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