Synkroniciti is proud to feature the artists of our newest online issue, “Intersections,” available for download here: https://synkroniciti.com/the-magazine/purchase-individual-issues/.
Synkroniciti is thrilled to welcome back poet, writer and visual artist Rachael Ikins. “Walking It Off” tells the story of the aftermath of being attacked while walking her dog in her neighborhood. She captures the confusion and terror of flashbacks and the dried blood on the sidewalk, talking us to a surreal place, inhabited by the pull of memory and intense snapshots of random moments, the tumble of passing out. It is necessary to get back out there, to brave the fear and conquer one’s space again, but it healing itself is traumatic.
Experience Rachael’s intense poem in Synkroniciti’s new “Intersections” issue.
Rachael Ikins followed her pen into the forest as a child. As happened to Gretel in the Grimm Brothers’ tale, a wicked witch forced her to reroute through valleys so dark she doubted the existence of the sun at times. A fabulous wizard held her heart in his hand. They fell in love. He urged her to release poetry from her soul.
She lost everything before she understood her truth: write like a motherfucker, write or die. For poetry was the constant through all storms, the beloved she refused to relinquish.
She won some prizes, published in journals and then books. When last seen Ikins was feeding pickled jalapeños to a large dragon perched on the roof of her house—a dragon who bestowed her name upon Ikins’s cat. Sister souls of fire and passion.
Find Rachael @rzikins.author.artist Instagram, @nestl493 on Twitter, at Rachael Ikins Books and Poetry on Facebook and Ask the Girl Arts.