Vol. 10 (2022)

This 2022 volume is our tenth issue. It is no coincidence, then, that this issue echoes the durability and usefulness of aluminum and tin, the traditional tenth anniversary gifts. This volume, launched with a large-format print issue, quite literally reflects and shines and is our gift—from the staff and the contributors—to literary culture.

The design for this year’s Tab Journal emerges from a year of recognizing the complexities of choice, drawing boundaries, and acknowledging multidimensional anxieties of being between a rock and a hard place. As we continue to experience the compromises that go hand in hand with the pandemic, as we continue to face the relentless considerations of safe and dangerous spaces, this issue surveys concepts of shared corners and shelters, of physical and metaphorical places and spaces where individuals, pods, and communities take refuge. 

The visual language in this issue draws on the mining of minerals—Arsenopyrite, Aluminum, Platinum, Tin, Tennantite, Titanium, Silver, Volcanic Rock—and a back-and-front scientific identification system to connect author and poem. Using a poster booklet, the reader can journey through poems and then unfold the booklet to meet their authors on the reverse side of the poster. The material object that this issue thereby makes manifest represents a relationship between surface and source.

This issue was digitally printed with two colors of ink (metallic and black), then scored, die-cut, and folded to achieve a poster booklet. It is, then, two forms in one, poster and booklet, each of which offers a different visual and tactile experience of scale and perspective.

This 2022 volume is our tenth issue. It is no coincidence, then, that it echoes the durability and usefulness of aluminum and tin, the traditional tenth-anniversary gifts. This volume, launched with a large-format print issue, quite literally reflects and shines and is our gift—from the staff and the contributors—to literary culture.

The design for 2022 emerges from a year of recognizing the complexities of choice, drawing boundaries, and acknowledging multidimensional anxieties of being between a rock and a hard place. The visual language draws on the mining of minerals—Arsenopyrite, Aluminum, Platinum, Tin, Tennantite, Titanium, Silver, Volcanic Rock. This volume surveys concepts of shared corners and shelters, of physical and metaphorical places and spaces where individuals, pods, and communities take refuge.

The online issues in the 2022 volume pick up elements of the print issue’s design, and the entire website is updated to reflect this and shape the reading experience.

Plague Year
Wendy Taylor Carlisle
Tendrils
Kai Coggin
The Rule of the Table
Kylie Gellatly
Hope In, Clive
Hilary King
How to Meditate
Jenny Qi
A Night of a Merger
Bibinur Salykova
I Find This in my Mother’s Effects
Donna Spruijt-Metz

PLAGUE YEAR by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
TENDRILS by Kai Coggin
THE RULE OF THE TABLE by Kylie Gellatly
HOP IN, CLIVE by Hilary King
HOW TO MEDITATE by Jenny Qi
A NIGHT OF A MERGER by Bibinur Salykova
I FIND THIS IN MY MOTHERS EFFECTS by Donna Spruijt-Metz

Poem Beginning with a Line from Adam Zagajewski
Patricia Clark
Into Wildflower Into Field
Kai Coggin
Icebreaker with Neruda
Hilary King
Past Lives and My Father’s Death Room
Dion O’Reilly
Still Life
Jenny Qi
Transition & Translation
Sherre Vernon
Trauerspiel of Water
María DeGuzmán
In Conversation: María DeGuzmán, Kylie Gellatly, Monica Ong, Donna Spruijt-Metz, and Keith S. Wilson on Visual Poetry
Lydia Pejovic
Edward Lear’s Projection Limericks
Thomas Dilworth

Poem Beginning with a Line from Adam Zagajewski by Patricia Clark
Into Wildflower Into Field by Kai Coggin
Icebreaker with Neruda by Hilary King
Past Lives by Dion O’Reilly
My Fathers Death Room by Dion O’Reilly
Still Life by Jenny Qi
Transition & Translation by Sherre Vernon
Trauerspiel of Water by María DeGuzmán

Special Issue: California Coastal Commission K-12 Poetry Contest

Kindergarten–1st Grade

Winner
Wilderness in my City
Wyatt Thompson
Honorable Mention
The Pacific, Ocean
Zoe Corona
A Busy Day at the Beach
Kavya S. Iyer

Wilderness in My City by Wyatt Thompson
The Pacific Ocean by Zoe Corona
A Busy Day at the Beach by Kavya S. Iyer

2nd–3rd Grade

Winner
Whale Journey
Adelaide Harrison Cook
Honorable Mention
I Want to Live in the Ocean
Kavisha Gupta
Hermit Crab (at Buckhorn Cove)
Julien A. Mecum
Untitled
Saoirse Tien-Rickard

Whale Journey by Adelaide Harrison Cook
I Want To Live in the Ocean by Kavisha Gupta
Hermit Crab (at Buckhorn Cove) by Julien Mecum
Untitled by Saoirse Tien-Rickard

4th–6th Grade

Winner
Go With the Tide
Bony McKnight
Honorable Mention
Spectator
Anusha Garg
The Ocean
Emytis Keyhan
My Magical Place
Micah Yao

Go with the Tide by Bony McKnight
Spectator by Anusha Garg
The Ocean by Emytis Keyhan
My Magical Place by Micah Yao

7th–9th Grade

Winner
My Home
Emily Mattea Hembruch
Honorable Mention
Beach Therapy
Kyomin Kwon
The Ocean, Our Home
Jessica Liao
Crude
Aarav Parihar
The Sands of Time
Viola Seda

My Home by Emily Mattea Hembruch
Beach Therapy by Kyomin Kwon
The Ocean, Our Home by Jessica Liao
Crude by Aarav Parihar
The Sands Of Time by Viola Seda

10th–12th Grade

Winner
Black Girl Surfing
Zora Hollie
Honorable Mention
American Pipit
Ethne Anders
Oh, How the Waters Live
Sophia Cho
Night Tides, Reimagined
Elyse Hwang
Rainbow Trout
Emma Keas
I Could Dance on the Seas
Christina Li
Last Night I Dreamed of Huntington Beach
Dilinna Ugochukwu

Black Girl Surfing by Zora Hollie
American Pipit by Ethne Anders
How How the Waters Live by Sophia Cho
Night Tides, Reimagined by Elyse Hwang
Rainbow Trout by Emma Keas
I Could Dance On The Seas by Christina Li
Last Night I Dreamed of Huntington Beach by Dilinna Ugochukwu

The Lionesses of the Mind Are Dangerous and Talisman Against Divorce 
Allison Blevins and Joshua Davis
Bucketsful
Brenda Cárdenas
an essence always is lost in translation, but also an essence is thereby created:
Ed Go
Botanical Sketching and Looking 
Alicia Byrne Keane
How Not to Build a Model Rocket and Salvador Dalí with Anadromes
Orlando Ricardo Menes   
Comhartha
Dan Murphy
Orchard After Storm and Afterglow
Donna Vorreyer
Postcard from the Cusp of No Way Back
Kory Wells
Marianne Moore and Style
Kirby Olson
Book Review: The Hurting Kind by Ada Limón
Ian Koh

The Lionesses of the Mind Are Dangerous by Allison Blevins and Joshua Davis
Talisman Against Divorce by Allison Blevins and Joshua Davis
Bucketsful by Brenda Cardenas
an essence always is lost in translation, but also an essence is thereby created: by Ed Go
Botanical Sketching by Alicia Byrne Keane
Looking by Alicia Byrne Keane
How Not to Build a Model Rocket by Orlando Ricardo Menes
Salvador Dalí with Anadromes by Orlando Ricardo Menes
Comhartha by Dan Murphy
Orchard after Storm by Donna Vorreyer
Afterglow by Donna Vorreyer
Postcard from the Cusp of No Way Back by Kory Wells
Marianna Moore and Style by Kirby Olson

Sometimes the Deaf  
Millicent Borges Accardi 
Glome and Drom
Kazim Ali 
How I Learned and Becoming the River
Shonda Buchanan 
I want to say something in defense of the sparrow.  
KateLynn Hibbard 
Caught in the Lethe
Paul Jaskunas    
The Apiary Library and Falling Back in Love
Alison Lubar 
Bermuda Fireworm
Kim Roberts 
Dangers of Dating
Ashish Kumar Singh 
Recipes for Daughters Leaving and Instructions on leaving {mother} 
Ellen Stone
Wild Ronan and The Theatre at the Centre of the Underworld: Subterranea 
Sarah-Jane Crowson 
Book Review: Mutiny by Phillip B. Williams
 Jay Dye 

Sometimes the Deaf by Millicent Borges Accardi
Drom by Kazim Ali
Glome by Kazim Ali
Poetics Statement by Kazim Ali
How I Learned and Becoming the River by Shonda Buchanan
I want to say something in defense of the sparrow by KateLynn Hibbard
Caught in the Lethe by Paul Jaskunas
The Apiary Library and Falling Back in Love by Alison Lubar
Bermuda Fireworm by Kim Roberts
Dangers of Dating by Ashish Kumar Singh
Recipes for Daughters Leaving by Ellen Stone
Instructions on leaving (mother) by Ellen Stone
The Theatre at the Centre of the Underworld: Subterranea by Sarah-Jane Crowson
Wild Rowan by Sarah-Jane Crowson