Vol. 9 (2021)

Composite photos showing printed design

The 2021 print issue of Tab Journal was created during a time of quarantine as the world underwent the isolation and anxieties of the Covid-19 pandemic. During this time, we reflected on concepts of time—as a sense of place, as space, as structure, as the visual experience of light and dark. Time has an impact on psychology; we can lose time or lose track of time. Time has a history of visual representation and documentation as well. This year’s print issue explores visual expressions of time warping, time-traveling, and the chronology and the kaleidoscope of time-keeping. In this issue, the images and texts engage in ideas of process over time, such as healing or growth. The large-format newsprint suggests additional ways to consider time, history, and cultural documents.

We usually do not share the entirety of the print issue online because it is designed specifically for the print medium and in a new format each year. In part because covid restrictions in Southern California have slowed our efforts to mail the print issue, we are making an exception. Below is the full pdf of the print issue itself, in addition to all the poems in audio format, which we had planned for increased accessibility. Keep in mind that we used large-format newsprint this year; the reading experience is quite different on a screen, as the relationships across poems and between text and image is altered.

We plan to mail the print issue to all Tab contributors (from all nine volumes!) by February 12. Teachers and librarians who would like to distribute copies of the print issue for discussion can use the Contact form to request a batch. The online issues in the 2021 volume of Tab Journal will pick up elements of the print issue’s design, and the website has been updated to reflect Volume 9.

MARRIAGE (MORE THAN MERCY)
Laura McCullough
MIGRATION SEASONS
Dia Roth
ANONYMOUS YEARS
Suphil Lee Park 
PHOTO
Safia Jama
SALLIE GARDNER AT A GALLOP
Keith S. Wilson
ON AN AIRPLANE AT NIGHT WHILE ANOTHER IS MISSING
Michelle Brittan Rosado
GREEN WAS THE SILENCE
Millicent Borges Accardi
WE MADE IT
Susan Johnson
PROSERPINE
Mary Gilliland
CHECKLIST FOR TUESDAY
Amelia L. Williams

MARRIAGE (MORE THAN MERCY) by Laura McCullough
MIGRATION SEASONS by Dia Roth
ANONYMOUS YEARS by Suphil Lee Park
PHOTO by Safia Jama
SALLIE GARDNER AT A GALLOP by Keith S. Wilson
ON AN AIRPLANE AT NIGHT WHILE ANOTHER IS MISSING by Michelle Brittan Rosado
GREEN WAS THE SILENCE by Millicent Borges Accardi
WE MADE IT by Susan Johnson
PROSERPINE by Mary Gilliland
CHECKLIST FOR TUESDAY by Amelia L. Williams

SALT OF BODY OVER BODY and CHAOITE
Melissa Eleftherion
NEW TOWN and BURN MARKS
Kurt Luchs
HARBINGERS
Charlene Moskal 
DULCET TONES IN CHAPEL
Kenneth Pobo
GUN SHOTS
Isaac Rankin
HE KEPT
John Repp
ENCANTO and AUTUMN RHYTHM
D.S. Waldman
BOOK REVIEW: Street Gloss by Brent Armendinger
Kate Hampton
BOOK REVIEW: frank: sonnets by Diane Seuss
Liz Harmer
BOOK REVIEW: 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millenium, edited by Matthew E. Silverman and Naomi Carlson
Jason Thornberry

SALT OF BODY OVER BODY by Melissa Eleftherion
CHAOITE by Melissa Eleftherion
NEW TOWN by Kurt Luchs
BURN MARKS by Kurt Luchs
HARBINGERS by Charlene Moskal
DULCET TONES IN CHAPEL by Kenneth Pobo
GUN SHOTS by Isaac Rankin
HE KEPT by John Repp
ENCANTO by D.S. Waldman
AUTUMN RHYTHM by D.S. Waldman

Special Issue: California Coastal Commission K-12 Poetry Contest

Kindergarten–1st Grade

Winner
ME BY THE SEA
Liberty Lawrence Kolsch
Honorable Mention
THE BEACH
Cruz Morell

ME BY THE SEA by Liberty Kolsch
THE BEACH by Cruz Morell

2nd–3rd Grade

Winner
I CAST MY BAIT
Ender Guthrie
Honorable Mentions
DEEP SEA DIVER LIFE
Rhett Menexas
NOT BY MYSELF
Juliette Watson

I CAST MY BAIT by Ender Guthrie
DEEP SEA DIVER LIFE by Rhett Menexas
NOT BY MYSELF by Juliette Watson

4th–6th Grade

Winner
LAND, SEA, AND SKY
Emily Hembruch
Honorable Mention
NO MATTER WHAT
Kira Mielcarski
LOW TIDE
Linnea Oliver
THE SEA
Carolyn Zhang

LAND, SEA, AND SKY by Emily Hembruch
LOW TIDE by Linnea Oliver
THE SEA by Carolyn Zhang

7th–9th Grade

Winner
WE, THE OCEAN CHILDREN
Maithreyi Bharathi
Honorable Mention
OVER THE SEA
Devon Mann
REMEMBER
Sydney Mielcarski
A ROMANCE ON A RAINY DAY
Matthew Oda

OVER THE SEA by Devon Mann

11th–12th Grade

Winner
NOT YOUR AVERAGE ARTIST
Mason Espinoza
Honorable Mention
SEAS
Donald Grijalva Baker
ALGAL BLOOM
Alyssa Ho
BRINY CRAVINGS IN A DREAM
Jessica Kim

Note on the May Issue: Since 2015, Tab Journal has selected the finalists in the California Coastal Commission K-12 Poetry Contest and publishes the winners and honorable mentions in the May issue. The contributing poets are invited to submit audio as well. Tab Journal thanks our selection committee of Chapman University MFA students: Su Chen, Jay Dye, Melissa Gaiti, Michael Khuraibet, Ian Koh, Daniel Miess, Vesper North, Lydia Pejovic, Janalee Tabayoyong, Jason Thornberry, Geneva Trelease-Gordon, Aria Valle Ellett, and Paige Welsh.


PANDEMIC Q & A
Susan Michele Coronel
TEST MATCH
Satya Dash
MY ROTTEN TEETH LEARN TO LOVE THEMSELVES
Sam J Grudgings
IMAGINE and HUMBLED
Kindra McDonald
DREAM WEAVER
Martha Silano
PARK DR. LOS ANGELES
D.S. Waldman
ESSAY: Creating Angle of Ascent: The Stage Model of the Creative Process
Edward Dougherty
IN CONVERSATION: Sadia Hassan and Tryphena Yeboah
Sadia Hassan and Tryphena Yeboah
BOOK REVIEW: Tethered to Stars by Fady Joudah
Laila Shikaki

PANDEMIC Q&A by Susan Michele Coronel
TEST MATCH by Satya Dash
MY ROTTEN TEETH LEARN TO LOVE THEMSELVES by Sam J Grudgings
IMAGINE by Kindra McDonald
HUMBLED by Kindra McDonald
DREAM WEAVER by Martha Silano
PARK DR LOS ANGELES by D.S. WALDMAN