Christopher Raley for Issue 12

17 May 2017

The journey: from boy to man.

We romanticise the past. Our world is ever-evolving, and we, as humans, adapt to work with these changes. The life experiences of a 17 year old growing up today will drastically differ to those of the 17 year old boys growing up in the 1980’s. In our Spring Summer 2017 issue, we had the pleasure of working with poet Christopher Raley, his delicate words now forever residing on our pages, exploring the unpredictability of the journey to manhood.

Three unique poems, written exclusively for this issue, take you on a journey; through the eyes of his 17-year-old son, his 17-year-old self, and his own eyes now being safely into his adulthood. The poetry draw you in, as you're invited to experience the three unique perspective of growing up. From youthful innocence, to the thoughts of a grown man. The experience of Christopher’s melancholic words is amplified and complemented by the works of visual artist Anna Bu Kliewer.

For the first time across our art pages within our print issue, the artwork and poetry is created to really compliment each other, and enhance your experience as you read the words and take in the beauty of the art pieces. With his unique and stunning way with words, this American poet is someone to take note of.

Treat yourself to experience all three of Christopher’s poems in our brand new Spring Summer edition ‘Young Hearts', which is available to buy online and in stores now.

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View The pink is a cacophony against the emptiness - a melody line paced in a second-hand birthday suit, easily hemmed... View And we are wild to make it stop: stuck in an empty booth, bold colours warming us up, no microphones... View He is light as a feather. Leather weighs heavy on him, adds ballast to his reality, suddenly makes it terrifying... View In the safety of a white suit, he blows himself about the empty space, spinning between instruments like a bird... View Like a hawk or an old hero, staring down the back of his future’s head, this boy takes to empty... View If change doesn’t arrive obediently, it will be chased down and hunted by the hungry. Peace is not prop for... View Falling apart at the seams and dripping onto the carpet of grass beneath bruised feet as the race for the... View Forget figuring out the bus routes, forge new passports with model mugshots and sprint for the border closing in around... View The traffic is stalled in the streets, halted by a punishing red light at every crossroads in every direction. City... View Tommy traces graffiti scrawled along paint, cement, and brick swirling in patterns denoting names and connoting beliefs while stylist Kayleigh... View Quitting a town named Stagnation in favour of an unfamiliar map revealing the temptation of breaking out into the unknown... View Rendezvous at the confidential hotspot for meaningful action. Setting the wheels in motion for an alternative living and imposing a... View Pushing through the crowd and negotiating the battlefield of elbows and toes, the commotion expands to a deafening silence. Chants... View This week’s exclusive Instagram editorial is ‘Standstill’ featuring Tommy Harragan at IMG models. Photographer Amber Grace Dixon captures Tommy’s standout... View A Renaissance man in every sense, @kalamaepstein writes/directs as well as acts and has a couple of shorts currently in... View View @kalamaepstein is photographed around Venice Beach, California - incidentally the location for one of his earliest projects, the short film... View View View Like a moth to a flame, some souls are drawn towards the light. Others seek solace dancing amongst the shadows...