Lindsay Iredale, The Pessimist, 2019. Acrylic Paint on Canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

Lindsay Iredale, The Pessimist, 2019. Acrylic Paint on Canvas. Courtesy of the artist.


This Home is the Light

by Matthew Rohrer


I always dreamed there’d be
in my home
a fleeting light you catch
a glimpse of in forests
late at night a light
that doesn’t project itself much
into the world or seem
to care that much outwardly
which is the only thing
I can offer my kids

It is a secret joy
to be perceived as less
just taking up your own space
not projecting yourself out
into everyone else’s
you know what I mean
you know the people I’m talking about


Published October 6, 2019

Matthew Rohrer attended universities in Ann Arbor, Dublin and Iowa City. He teaches poetry at NYU. These poems are from his forthcoming book THE SKY CONTAINS THE PLANS (Wave Books).

Lindsay Iredale was born and raised outside of Portland, Oregon. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. In 2014 she received her BFA in Printmaking with a concentration in Book Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. Her most commonly used mediums include silkscreen, acrylic paint and paper. Her studies in Japanese language and culture heavily influence her work. In 2013, Lindsay spent 7 months in Japan studying Japanese language and culture at both Osaka Gakuin University and Osaka University of Arts including traditional Japanese crafts such as printmaking and papermaking. Following graduation she worked as a production assistant for Japanese painter Takashi Murakami. She is part of a studio called Vega Collective (instagram @vegaartists) which recently exhibited at Bushwick Open Studios. Her work is currently featured in the group show "Small and Smaller" juried by Heather Bhandari at Site:Brooklyn Gallery. Check out more at and