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“Taking Sides” by Roberta Moore

My left foot is a perfectly fine 72-year-old foot, with slender toes, a slender ankle and a proportionately shaped calf. It has a low arch, but an arch nonetheless, so it can enjoy any shoe style. It is the best foot that I put forward.

Its counterpart has a completely fallen arch. So much so that it actually has developed a callus where the arch would be, if there was one. The arch fell down in 1980, when I picked up my sleeping infant from a playpen and saw stars. I had slipped a disc and pinched a nerve. I was in pain for a year. It was further injured a few years later during an unrelated surgical procedure when the lymph system was accidentally cut.

Because of the cut lymph system, the same poor right foot also became swollen ever after. The foot is flat, the toes are fat, the ankle is thick, and even the calf is out of shape. It cannot stand on tip-toes, run or jog. My daughter has always lovingly called it “Mommy pig foot.”

For several years, high heels worked better than flat shoes, because they actually held the arch up into position. Even though the feet would have liked to take a long walk once in a while wearing athletic shoes, they were both happy enough. Over the years, as the right foot falls more and more, balance becomes an issue, and they now need low, block-style heels. The left foot resents this restriction, as it has always enjoyed styling in high heels. If I had two left feet, perhaps I’d be a better dancer.

These feet of mine are a constant reminder of the dichotomy of life; mine anyway. I think I’m a prominently left-brained person; fairly organized and methodical. I wish I were right-brained though; more creative and freer.

Choice or decision? Choice is no reason, just choose. Decision is with reason. Left brain is decision, right brain is choice. Putting my left best foot forward makes me think that I’m holding something back besides my right foot. I fear that I’m blocking my creativity with my stubborn left brain, and ugly right foot.

I practice a daily writing exercise because I don’t trust myself to let my creativity flow however it will, without a metronome in 4/4 time.

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This is my first submission to any publication. Audrey Ferber’s class in the OLAD program has changed my life from a political junkie to a creative writer. I am endlessly surprised at what comes out on the page as I discover my own voice.

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As a Philippine-born visual artist, I continue to explore concepts of identity and of home through the lens of the Filipino diaspora. My work draws from Western art history, Filipino and American cultures, post-colonial life, and pop culture.

Forum Celebrates National Poetry Month at the Public Library

Forum celebrated National Poetry Month with a reading at the San Francisco Public Library on April 24. Our featured poets were Kim Shuck and Aaron Shurin, and other Forum contributors joined in to make it an evening full of wonderful poetry (and some music). Thank you to the library for hosting us!

Kim Shuck is the author of two solo collections of poetry, one prose book, and one chapbook. She is also the seventh poet laureate of San Francisco.

Aaron Shurin is the author of fourteen books of poetry and prose, most recently Flowers & Sky: Two Talks (Entre Rios Books, 2017), The Skin of Meaning: Collected Literary Essays and Talks (University of Michigan Press, 2015), and two books from City Lights: Citizen (poems, 2012) and King of Shadows (essays, 20008). His work has appeared in over forty national and international anthologies, and has been supported by grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, The California Arts Council, The San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Gerbode Foundation. A longtime educator, he’s Professor Emeritus and former Director of the MFA Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.

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Open Mic Night!

Forum Literary Magazine Presents…Open-Mic Night!

Come join us as we celebrate the colorful urban voices of San Francisco! Whether it’s spoken word, music, comedy, or something else entirely, all are welcome to the stage! Artist sign-ups will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each artist receives 5 minutes on stage.

Featuring San Francisco City College’s own Cullen Bailey Burns, author of Slip, and Chante Mccormick.

Forum Fall 2018 Launch Event

The Forum Fall 2018 Launch Event was held Thursday, December 20th at Alley Cat Books in the Mission.

Forum Faculty Advisers Chante McCormick and John Isles kicked- off the event, thanking the entire Forum Fall 2018 Staff for their dedication in producing a beautiful publication filled with fiction, non-fiction, poetry and visual art. They reminded the attendees of the upcoming Spring 2019 Creative Writing and English Department classes.

Next, Forum General Editor Vincent Calvarese walked the audience through the 4-month journey from submissions to publication. The rest of the Forum staff joined him at the microphone, introduced themselves, and shared their own experience with CCSF’s 81-year-old publication.

After a short break, City College of San Francisco’s Chancellor Mark Rocha spoke to the audience and thanked the Forum staff for their dedication to excellence. He read briefly a fiction story, The Sanctuary, from Forum Magazine. He compared it to CCSF’s policy as an institution of inclusion and safety for all.

The rest of the evening was filled with readings from Forum published authors SF Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Forum featured poet MK Chavez and Forum published poets Cassandra Dallett, Jennifer Barone and Thea Matthews. There was a raffle held and many participants who purchased a Forum Magazine received published works from the featured guests.

Live music came alive with Forum published non-fiction writer John Paul Krause, known as AEon Flow.

Food was supplied by Morning Due Cafe and libations from Doug Salin.

 

 

 

Forum Fall 2018 Launch Party

Forum announces the launch of its Fall 2018 edition!!

Thursday, December 20th, 2018 at 6:00pm-8:30pm.

Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, Ca (near Harrison Street).

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Fall Forum 2018 Cover Art by Meredith Brown.

Readings from our Fall 2018 featured poet MK Chavez, SF Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, California Book Award Winner Tongo Eisen-Martin, poet/authors Cassandra Dallett, Jennifer Barone and Thea Matthews.

 

 

Invited guests are CCSF Chancellor Mark Rocha, CCSF College Board of Trustee members and CCSF Faculty.

Forum Magazines Available, Raffle Prizes, Food and Libations.

There is a scheduled open mic, on a first-come-first-serve basis.

All are welcome!!