I AM HERE by ASHLEY OPHEIM
                Ashley Opheim is defiant. ‘I AM HERE’ explores what it means to be human. She begins her journey acknowledging the threat of the internet. What the internet does is slowly take away a person’s appreciation of the world around them. Dreamers have a hard time being online. To a large degree the internet encourages creativity. Upon hitting that ‘peak usage’ the internet can eventually distract from the smaller moments in life. Happy dreams can be partly though never fully realized because of the internet. By acknowledging this basic truth (comparing Twitter to dirty dishes) Ashley Opheim is able to revel in the beauty of the natural world. 

                Habitats are artifacts Ashley Opheim proclaims. Indeed this is true. Everything that is ‘second nature’ now was once an original idea. Artists need this level of consistency in order to truly engage with the world. Funemployment usually refers to the artistic way of life. Unfortunately nobody wants to call their condition funemployed, as there is little enjoyment to be had from such tenuous stressful situations. Yes there is a freedom and the freedom comes at a high price. Generations now living have been lost for a long time gradually seeing their dreams erode, from hopes of mansions to hopes of a washer/dryer combination in their own place. Artists do have the benefit of communicating with people about being alive. Whatever method they choose for doing so is completely up to them. 

                Love colors people in. Born blank throughout life the lucky ones take the affection they’ve been given and gain definition. 256 colors are used for the average person according to Ashley Opheim. Every color needs to be explored. With love that palette of color grows to include newer additions. It is impossible to turn a heart off. Though a heart feels hurt on a fairly regular basis the heart is fine. Rejection is commonplace. The more a person is rejected the stronger they become. Over the course of a lifetime this basic truth is proved over and over again for anybody who bothers paying attention. 

                Multiple realities exist within a single one according to Ashley Opheim. People have to have the multiple realities in order to cope with life’s tragedies. Whatever happens it is impossible to have every possible part of life go wrong. A lot of life to go wrong, that happens quite frequently. Even among the darkest hours are small glimmers heralding the coming of a new day! Few tend to notice the good when everything around them is covered in pitch blackness. Upon the passage of time the worst moments gradually taper off providing relief. Everything that goes wrong is just a bud, ready to bloom into something beautiful. 

                The alive lifestyle is better than the dead one. When somebody’s dead they lack the ability to comprehend anything wonderful. It does not need to be a literal death. Sometimes in the throes of depression there is a tendency to block out everything that could change the bleakness. Even in the midst of the hardest sobbing there can be a joke, a good joke that can try to change or stabilize the mood. An end to a sadness is extremely important, it could be a tiny connection with another individual, even something as simple as petting a dog, and suddenly the beauty of the world starts pouring back into the heart. Ashley Opheim is right to state that beginnings and endings are delicate things. 

                ‘I AM HERE’ is delicate in touch. The way the collection moves from real to surreal all while maintaining a strong empathetic core is wonderful.

I AM HERE by ASHLEY OPHEIM

                Ashley Opheim is defiant. ‘I AM HERE’ explores what it means to be human. She begins her journey acknowledging the threat of the internet. What the internet does is slowly take away a person’s appreciation of the world around them. Dreamers have a hard time being online. To a large degree the internet encourages creativity. Upon hitting that ‘peak usage’ the internet can eventually distract from the smaller moments in life. Happy dreams can be partly though never fully realized because of the internet. By acknowledging this basic truth (comparing Twitter to dirty dishes) Ashley Opheim is able to revel in the beauty of the natural world. 

                Habitats are artifacts Ashley Opheim proclaims. Indeed this is true. Everything that is ‘second nature’ now was once an original idea. Artists need this level of consistency in order to truly engage with the world. Funemployment usually refers to the artistic way of life. Unfortunately nobody wants to call their condition funemployed, as there is little enjoyment to be had from such tenuous stressful situations. Yes there is a freedom and the freedom comes at a high price. Generations now living have been lost for a long time gradually seeing their dreams erode, from hopes of mansions to hopes of a washer/dryer combination in their own place. Artists do have the benefit of communicating with people about being alive. Whatever method they choose for doing so is completely up to them. 

                Love colors people in. Born blank throughout life the lucky ones take the affection they’ve been given and gain definition. 256 colors are used for the average person according to Ashley Opheim. Every color needs to be explored. With love that palette of color grows to include newer additions. It is impossible to turn a heart off. Though a heart feels hurt on a fairly regular basis the heart is fine. Rejection is commonplace. The more a person is rejected the stronger they become. Over the course of a lifetime this basic truth is proved over and over again for anybody who bothers paying attention. 

                Multiple realities exist within a single one according to Ashley Opheim. People have to have the multiple realities in order to cope with life’s tragedies. Whatever happens it is impossible to have every possible part of life go wrong. A lot of life to go wrong, that happens quite frequently. Even among the darkest hours are small glimmers heralding the coming of a new day! Few tend to notice the good when everything around them is covered in pitch blackness. Upon the passage of time the worst moments gradually taper off providing relief. Everything that goes wrong is just a bud, ready to bloom into something beautiful. 

                The alive lifestyle is better than the dead one. When somebody’s dead they lack the ability to comprehend anything wonderful. It does not need to be a literal death. Sometimes in the throes of depression there is a tendency to block out everything that could change the bleakness. Even in the midst of the hardest sobbing there can be a joke, a good joke that can try to change or stabilize the mood. An end to a sadness is extremely important, it could be a tiny connection with another individual, even something as simple as petting a dog, and suddenly the beauty of the world starts pouring back into the heart. Ashley Opheim is right to state that beginnings and endings are delicate things. 

                ‘I AM HERE’ is delicate in touch. The way the collection moves from real to surreal all while maintaining a strong empathetic core is wonderful.


HOW TO BE A RAINBOW by Ashley Opheim


                Ashley Opheim gives helpful hints on how to be a rainbow. The more colorful a person is the more beautiful a person is. Colorful people are people who have proud friends. When they point to their friends they can say ‘Oh yes he’s a colorful person’. Eccentricity is something special. Greater hues can bring greater feelings. Lack of color is a reason for sadness. In Ashley’s book everything is bright, beautiful, and full of hope. Hope is a beautiful sensation. 

                Sensations are vibrations. Around the body are plenty of sensations. The breeze feels so good. Water is another atmosphere. Water is the most EMO element. Other elements are pretty tough. Not rain, rain cries down from the Heavens onto the Earth. Feeling low the rain seeps into the ground trying to hide from the outside. Pools of water hide. Oceans create waves for this reason. In a wave water can constantly flow and hide. Currents help the water hide beneath other water. It all happens so fast. 

                Everything in dreams has a weird inverted aspect to it. Tempos make no sense. Cities exist in dreams representing great hopes. Out of all those dreams a few of them come to pass. If only a fraction of dreams come true that’s all the world needs. Life is managed through the power of these dreams. Hope raises everyone up. With the power of hope great things can happen. 

Poetry is intimacy. People live in poetry. Recluses don’t. That’s fine. Not every person needs to live in poetry. Space can be just as good. Breaking down space is pretty much the reason for civilization. Each new invention brings people closer together. Technology reduces the distance between people. First there was the need to be next to the person. At this point though people can always be together and never meet. That’s the glory of life: to merge people into perfection. Even some spaces can become sacred, the space between breaths or a heartbeat. Silence represents the anticipation for more life. 

Flying ships through the night sky, yes that’s something extraordinary. Many have never traveled through space, despite Sun Ra’s claim that ‘Space is the Place’. Those fortunate enough to sail through the emptiness understand what it means to be together. Up in the sky with the shining dead diamonds is worrisome. Light emanates from those places long since gone. Time plays tricks like that. 

Universes exist inside of people. Every experience is added to that universe. Constellations of friends matter greatly. The best friends are the suns, are the stars of the universe. Multiple stars can exist. People particularly need that warmth to make heat up the coldness of their own planets. So many friends add to the universe closing spaces. Bringing the universe together takes time but as new connections are formed the universe grows warmer. 

A new place with someone else creates a new space. It is defined by people. Typically places are defined by people. Whatever is there is irrelevant. Emotional experiences make traveling worth it. Otherwise what is the point?   

HOW TO BE A RAINBOW by Ashley Opheim

                Ashley Opheim gives helpful hints on how to be a rainbow. The more colorful a person is the more beautiful a person is. Colorful people are people who have proud friends. When they point to their friends they can say ‘Oh yes he’s a colorful person’. Eccentricity is something special. Greater hues can bring greater feelings. Lack of color is a reason for sadness. In Ashley’s book everything is bright, beautiful, and full of hope. Hope is a beautiful sensation. 

                Sensations are vibrations. Around the body are plenty of sensations. The breeze feels so good. Water is another atmosphere. Water is the most EMO element. Other elements are pretty tough. Not rain, rain cries down from the Heavens onto the Earth. Feeling low the rain seeps into the ground trying to hide from the outside. Pools of water hide. Oceans create waves for this reason. In a wave water can constantly flow and hide. Currents help the water hide beneath other water. It all happens so fast. 

                Everything in dreams has a weird inverted aspect to it. Tempos make no sense. Cities exist in dreams representing great hopes. Out of all those dreams a few of them come to pass. If only a fraction of dreams come true that’s all the world needs. Life is managed through the power of these dreams. Hope raises everyone up. With the power of hope great things can happen. 

Poetry is intimacy. People live in poetry. Recluses don’t. That’s fine. Not every person needs to live in poetry. Space can be just as good. Breaking down space is pretty much the reason for civilization. Each new invention brings people closer together. Technology reduces the distance between people. First there was the need to be next to the person. At this point though people can always be together and never meet. That’s the glory of life: to merge people into perfection. Even some spaces can become sacred, the space between breaths or a heartbeat. Silence represents the anticipation for more life. 

Flying ships through the night sky, yes that’s something extraordinary. Many have never traveled through space, despite Sun Ra’s claim that ‘Space is the Place’. Those fortunate enough to sail through the emptiness understand what it means to be together. Up in the sky with the shining dead diamonds is worrisome. Light emanates from those places long since gone. Time plays tricks like that. 

Universes exist inside of people. Every experience is added to that universe. Constellations of friends matter greatly. The best friends are the suns, are the stars of the universe. Multiple stars can exist. People particularly need that warmth to make heat up the coldness of their own planets. So many friends add to the universe closing spaces. Bringing the universe together takes time but as new connections are formed the universe grows warmer. 

A new place with someone else creates a new space. It is defined by people. Typically places are defined by people. Whatever is there is irrelevant. Emotional experiences make traveling worth it. Otherwise what is the point?   

AURA HALO by Ashley Opheim



                Nature becomes one with Ashley. She wishes to become a tree. The wildlife has another plan for her. Flowers suit her much better. Here she wants to eat berries in their raw berry form. Right after she eats them she remembers to recycle but forgets to ‘put the bin out’. Recycling bins are beautiful. Green, blue, yellow, recycling bins represent the tree leaves falling to Earth for rebirth. Like those organic materials the plastic, glass, and metal will be made into something new. Ashley wants an app to read the mind of her average reader. 

                The world has orgasms all the time: they are natural disasters. People try not to arouse the world. So many people crawl on the surface it is rather titillating. Ashley asks her partner to imagine being a raindrop. While she describes how the raindrop nourishes the soil the raindrops keep falling on their faces. They are wet with desire but mostly rain. Kissing this person Ashley wants to be the flame and the water, to start it up and calm it down. Many refer to this as sex. 

                Classy hotels exist in New York City. Ashley becomes one with New York City’s elite wealthy patrons of themselves. Rich people enjoy donating money to rich people things. It supports the economy or something. Here Ashley transforms into a delightful visitor. The liquid is rarefied and alcoholic. Smells around her remind her she is in a hallowed place: the public bathroom of the rich but not famous. In her room she whirls around. Mike comes by to visit. He wants to take it all in too. Both of them have places to go, maps to Google, alcohol to consume. At least Ashley goes to ‘Death by Audio’. That’s an amazing place. Audio killing people: the best thing to happen to death since ‘death by chocolate’. 

                Despite the pronunciation it is spelled ‘Houston’ and it is a beautiful thing. Manhattan is full of surprises like people who aren’t under the age of 30 and aren’t millionaires. Normal people live there too. Public bathrooms are an endangered species. All public bathrooms have become squats or have been converted into luxury lofts starting at 400K for studios. Holographic porn is the future of porn. Porn getting too real is worrisome. Amateur holographic porn is the next step. Finally there will be print outs of full models available to anyone. Then of course the sex robots, twenty-somethings to someone forever will be invented. Civilization will be over shortly after that. 

                Plants need more than water in corporate offices across America. Plants need promotions. With a corner office plants can really expand operations. Somebody needs to take care of them. That’s where Jorge comes in to save the day. Jorge respects Ashley. Ashley watches weird-ass Russian movies better known as Russian movies. There’s a peacock involved. Hopefully NBC doesn’t know of this trademark infringement. 

                Ryan arrives. She likes Ryan. The next morning she looks through his books. Generally this ritual should be done first. Apparently this Ryan person has good taste in books. His light is red. Yet the red doesn’t stop either one of them. Red means go in certain subcultures. Red is a fun freaky fly color that enjoys a good time or two. Every shade of red means a different thing. 

                Offensive drunks ride in cabs in New York all the time. Subways won’t take them. Ashley notices them. They bum her out. When turtles let go they see the empty shell of themselves. Good thing teenage mutant ninja turtles never worry about such deep things. Teenage mutant ninja turtles possess turtle power, a rare power that allows them to live outside their shells. Some say it is the radiation, others say the pizza, but either way they are truly turtles on the half-shell. This turtle fixation fades away in exchange for some silly ‘enlightenment/discovering yourself’ mediation stuff. Sure it is great to find enlightenment in the highest realms. Children can find it in mass-produced cartoons. Which group has it easier? 

                It ends like all good romances do: on acid communicating telepathically. This is the beauty of being young. Ashley reaches the end in a wonderful way, back at home with her surroundings and those she cares about.

AURA HALO by Ashley Opheim

                Nature becomes one with Ashley. She wishes to become a tree. The wildlife has another plan for her. Flowers suit her much better. Here she wants to eat berries in their raw berry form. Right after she eats them she remembers to recycle but forgets to ‘put the bin out’. Recycling bins are beautiful. Green, blue, yellow, recycling bins represent the tree leaves falling to Earth for rebirth. Like those organic materials the plastic, glass, and metal will be made into something new. Ashley wants an app to read the mind of her average reader. 

                The world has orgasms all the time: they are natural disasters. People try not to arouse the world. So many people crawl on the surface it is rather titillating. Ashley asks her partner to imagine being a raindrop. While she describes how the raindrop nourishes the soil the raindrops keep falling on their faces. They are wet with desire but mostly rain. Kissing this person Ashley wants to be the flame and the water, to start it up and calm it down. Many refer to this as sex. 

                Classy hotels exist in New York City. Ashley becomes one with New York City’s elite wealthy patrons of themselves. Rich people enjoy donating money to rich people things. It supports the economy or something. Here Ashley transforms into a delightful visitor. The liquid is rarefied and alcoholic. Smells around her remind her she is in a hallowed place: the public bathroom of the rich but not famous. In her room she whirls around. Mike comes by to visit. He wants to take it all in too. Both of them have places to go, maps to Google, alcohol to consume. At least Ashley goes to ‘Death by Audio’. That’s an amazing place. Audio killing people: the best thing to happen to death since ‘death by chocolate’. 

                Despite the pronunciation it is spelled ‘Houston’ and it is a beautiful thing. Manhattan is full of surprises like people who aren’t under the age of 30 and aren’t millionaires. Normal people live there too. Public bathrooms are an endangered species. All public bathrooms have become squats or have been converted into luxury lofts starting at 400K for studios. Holographic porn is the future of porn. Porn getting too real is worrisome. Amateur holographic porn is the next step. Finally there will be print outs of full models available to anyone. Then of course the sex robots, twenty-somethings to someone forever will be invented. Civilization will be over shortly after that. 

                Plants need more than water in corporate offices across America. Plants need promotions. With a corner office plants can really expand operations. Somebody needs to take care of them. That’s where Jorge comes in to save the day. Jorge respects Ashley. Ashley watches weird-ass Russian movies better known as Russian movies. There’s a peacock involved. Hopefully NBC doesn’t know of this trademark infringement. 

                Ryan arrives. She likes Ryan. The next morning she looks through his books. Generally this ritual should be done first. Apparently this Ryan person has good taste in books. His light is red. Yet the red doesn’t stop either one of them. Red means go in certain subcultures. Red is a fun freaky fly color that enjoys a good time or two. Every shade of red means a different thing. 

                Offensive drunks ride in cabs in New York all the time. Subways won’t take them. Ashley notices them. They bum her out. When turtles let go they see the empty shell of themselves. Good thing teenage mutant ninja turtles never worry about such deep things. Teenage mutant ninja turtles possess turtle power, a rare power that allows them to live outside their shells. Some say it is the radiation, others say the pizza, but either way they are truly turtles on the half-shell. This turtle fixation fades away in exchange for some silly ‘enlightenment/discovering yourself’ mediation stuff. Sure it is great to find enlightenment in the highest realms. Children can find it in mass-produced cartoons. Which group has it easier? 

                It ends like all good romances do: on acid communicating telepathically. This is the beauty of being young. Ashley reaches the end in a wonderful way, back at home with her surroundings and those she cares about.