Something Old, Something New: A DS Artistic Experiment

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Jul 292013
 
Something Old, Something New: A DS Artistic Experiment

Demeter’s Spicebox was always meant to be an interstitial project, a marriage between digital media and storytelling. We’ve had daydreams from the onset about comics, pictures and even short movies related to these stories. We’ve also received more than one email from artists asking if they could contribute art. So finally, we decided that it

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Wolf, Musing by Donna Quattrone

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May 012006
 
Wolf, Musing by Donna Quattrone

Wasn’t it thoughtful Of your mama To make such a pretty Red cap. I can see you strolling Through meadow and trees; Down path well trodden, You come singing, Knowing I await you. We start off the same way; “Once upon a time,” And then, after few moments of polite chit-chat, Off I dash to

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Gingerbread and Time by Amanda Downum

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May 012006
 
Gingerbread and Time by Amanda Downum

Snow piles in bone-drifts outside the door, but it’s warm beside my oven. I’m alone in the cottage now. My brother left not long after our stepmother died. Foolish boy—he’d never have found wolfsbane in his tea, but he couldn’t trust me. He was little more than sticks bound with skin and rag; I wonder

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Dame Ragnelle Takes a Husband by JoSelle Vanderhooft

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May 012006
 
Dame Ragnelle Takes a Husband by JoSelle Vanderhooft

My doughty knight with rosebud-snapping lips has taken me, his scoliotic hag-bride, into his petaled bed. As cold bells proclaim our union against the stiff-lipped ramparts he has removed my veil, smiled, like one drinking bitter beer. Yet, with care befitting such a gentleman, he has stoppered his flood-spreading gorge, leaned over me, and kissed

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The Sending by Darja Malcolm-Clarke

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May 012006
 
The Sending by Darja Malcolm-Clarke

When the birds came, we novices fed them bread from the last night’s meal. The sunlight shone on the gloss of their purple wings as they feasted and filled the courtyard with their cries. Afterwards, they shat copiously upon the temple stairway, and I and the other youngest novices were made to scrub it off

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Swan Daughter by J.C. Runolfson

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May 012006
 
Swan Daughter by J.C. Runolfson

It was the storks who told me my mother’s kin she flew from the southern land of endless sun to this place for her father’s sake she stopped to rest on the marsh and that’s when it happened. Her sisters stole her wings and flew away a child’s game they were all children she would

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May 012006
 
Frog Prince? by Donna Quattrone

Once upon a time, The old stories spoke Of throwing the frog, (Ingratiating helpmate That he was), Splat! against the wall. Not nice, that. Somewhere along the line, The tale was changed To kissing instead. Please. Slimy and wet With webbed fingers, Rubbery lips and “ribbit” ? I’m not entirely sure I’d Call that better

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Bloodlines and Survival by Jeremy Hepler

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May 012005
 
Bloodlines and Survival by Jeremy Hepler

A story involving my family has grown tentacles over the years that have choked out many truths about us. “A blessed miracle that she’s alive,” I’ve heard some people say as they pass by my house. “I can’t believe that the prey bested the hunter. God must be strong with that family,” the religious fanatics

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The Tale of Two Bottles by Philip Reyth

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May 012005
 
The Tale of Two Bottles by Philip Reyth

There once was a farmer named Michael Anderson—a tall, strong and winsome man. He was married to a beautiful woman named Ashley. She was comely and kind. She wore her hair down to her waist—so long that it swayed in the breeze. She bore two sons, and at nine and seven springs old, they were

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Niobe Aftermath by Sonya Taaffe

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May 012005
 
Niobe Aftermath by Sonya Taaffe

A woman who cries turns into stone. Who never cries, dries up: sand, barren throat where rivers used to run. So many tears cried out for you, I thought dry salt would rustle in my veins, grit my eyes like a leftover dream; fragile remembrance of something before crying. Who dissolved, seeped to stone? Your

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The Story of the River and Ophelia by JoSelle Vanderhooft

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May 012005
 
The Story of the River and Ophelia by JoSelle Vanderhooft

The kid and I, we had us an arrangement from the day her boyfriend took off his socks and babbled on about handsaws and hawks. I didn’t know her too well then, I must confess. Being a stream tends to limit interpersonal interaction and inter-intelligent attraction. It’s mainly just “glub glub” and sometimes “splash!” when

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Then a millstone came along… by Mike Allen

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May 012005
 
Then a millstone came along... by Mike Allen

So all the stories were true. Nathan stood trembling in the foyer, heart pounding a crazy tom-tom beat, staring at the space above his front door, where a millstone hung. Nothing supported it. No shelf, no chains, no bolts. It stayed flush to the wall out of sheer willpower, a white disk of rock thick

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Maiden, Mother, Crone: Fireside Views by Donna Quattrone

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May 012005
 
Maiden, Mother, Crone: Fireside Views by Donna Quattrone

(A Cinderella Story) You’d think it would be The glass slipper she remembers, But instead it’s simply Ashes that remain; Sooty reminders To mark the growing pains of youth. And later, Flickering-flame shadows That echo the heat discovered In the unlikely arms of The gardener’s son. What—you never heard the real story? Dear Ella found

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Hansel by Christine Butterworth-McDermott

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May 012005
 
Hansel by Christine Butterworth-McDermott

I wake longing for candy. The taste of crusty sugar on my tongue seems, for an instant, to be an easy pleasure, but nothing’s guiltless. I can tell no one, not even my wife, why when she turns on the light, I double-over, nauseous, into the bucket besides the bed. She wouldn’t believe the truth

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Riding Hood by Cassandra Phillips-Sears

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May 012005
 
Riding Hood by Cassandra Phillips-Sears

Wolves can’t give safety, which I chose. Of their options, though one’s quick, none bore. Cassandra Phillips-Sears lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts; she has a plum pudding mold and knows how to use it. Her fiction will appear in a future issue of the magazine Jabberwocky. Image © Jennifer Behymer Jennifer Behymer has been a mural

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