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F2O LitStyle: Umbrella Factory Releases Issue 24

Umbrella Factory: the community project that includes writers, readers, poets, essayists, filmmakers and anyone doing something especially cool. Umbrella Factory Releases Issue 24, a petite and colorful issue, this June. Featuring works by Fabio Sassi, Adam Phillips, Rudy Ravindra, Carl Boon, and Joseph Kerschbaum this issue boasts strong writing and narratives.

Fabio Sassi sets the course for the magazine with his cover contribution. And Adam Phillips carries the baton with his story “Lawless and Inhuman,” with a first person narrative of a long winded thinker. Which is great, the narrator carefully leads us through the story, extracting possibilities to formulate a point of view. Such attention to technological vernacular, is impressive. Sentences such as: “See, what you may be unaware of (and no one ever tells you this since you are all in it together, so to speak) is that your brain takes two different vantages, one from each scattered eye, and combines them into a third view which does not, in fact, exist independent of the viewfinder of your perception.”

But it doesn’t stop there. Every sentence in “Lawless and Inhuman,” is impactful if not assaulting to the literary and philosophical word including the brief and concise sentence: “In an elementary nutshell, you attribute depth when there is none, and then you proceed to confuse this depth with meaning…” Deep, and satisfactorily disparaging.

Rudy Ravindra leads us into a narrative surrounding suicide, which is always filled with grief and heartache, but Ravindra presents it in a different light and privy to a marriage that doesn’t end with a happy ending.

On the poetry end, Carl Boon and Joseph Kerschbaum entice readers into silky, poignant imagery. Lines such as: “The fantasy of fall’s/ a scarlet wildflower / on the hillside, the girls / on bicycles today,” set the scene for a journey of growth. Other more direct imagery include, “As kids, we raced among the cows, / the cemetery on our left, / the stones unremarkable, / centuries pounded by the sea.” Again, growth.
I love endings of magazines, they works usually tie everything together. It’s definitely the case for Kerschbaum’s first poem, “Between the Opening and Closing of Doors.” Depicting everyday life with traces of something more such as the lines: “For anyone else / the dusk sunlight leaking into the house / is the same sunlight / that was shining here this morning.” Let that sink in and enjoy the rest.


Sopphey Vance the poet, yarn artist, and legend resides in South Texas where he battles dragons and unicorns for Five 2 One Magazine.