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The Diamond Line was originally named such in homage to our state gem, but a name carries the narrative weight of its symbols. Someone could cut into their very soul with a diamond, and that’s how poems and stories and paintings are created; by being carved out with something so sharp it leaves us raw. As such, we are dedicated to showcasing emotional truths and authenticity. We have committed ourselves and our magazine to allowing people to dig as deep as they can until they find their own rare and beautiful gem.

The Diamond Line showcases original visual art, fiction, and poetry by University of Arkansas undergraduate students.

Current Issue: Volume 1, Issue 5 (2022)

Dear readers,

Hello, and thank you for reading The Diamond Line’s fifth issue. Once again it falls upon a team of undergraduates and faculty to showcase the literary and artistic perseverance cradled in the Ozarks. As we continue to celebrate and learn from the former staffs’ legacy, our team has strived to capture the moods of our current authors to the public. We hope this edition brings comfort to the communities we are so proud to be a part of. You are our conversation.

Thanks to our staff’s efforts, we are happy to announce that The Diamond Line has extended its invitation of publication to any University of Arkansas-affiliated campus. Inclusivity is vital to the success of our magazine; giving the opportunity to create a voice for as many undergraduates as possible has and always will be the intended purpose of The Diamond Line. Our team also decided to change the physical dimensions of the magazine for the first time in order to craft something fresh, unique, and entirely individual.

As we emerge from a pandemic, we wanted this issue to reflect the struggle and growth each of our artists faced during these uncertain times. The opening of our magazine begins in a darker world. Bloody reds and bruising purples. Confessions of love and loss. A house ridden with peculiar maggots. These shaded touches of romanticism challenge you to stretch the bounds of your imagination. But as we emerge from these troublesome times, so does our magazine. As we greet spring, light begins to flood into our pages.

The second half of the magazine bursts into new light. Tea leaves. Ivy. Sunflowers. Stargazing. First love and all its possibilities. New life. Even though our world has been thrust into dark, confusing times, there is always the possibility of rebirth. We chose Abstract Box by Gracie Morrison as the cover art of Issue 5 because it’s brilliant, vibrant colors remind us of light at the end of the tunnel, and the hope of spring.

We would like to thank everyone involved in the creation of The Diamond Line. We would be nothing without the support and talent of every author or artist that has submitted to us. We wish you the best in your future endeavors. And finally, thank you for picking up The Diamond Line Issue 5, and for embarking on this journey with us. We sincerely hope you enjoy the work of our undergraduate community as much as we enjoyed curating it.

Front Matter

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Acknowledgments
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Table of Contents
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Entire Issue

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Stories

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Italian Summer
Brenna Dostal

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Melt from You
Rachel Sweningson

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The Cherry
Gracie Morrison

Poems

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Cognitive Dissonance
Isabella Wisinger

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A Dream for Abreaction
Grace Barrnett

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Muddied Roots
Keara Huson

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An Unbothered Cat
David Moneymaker

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The Voyeur
Marie Gray

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Aspects of Amelie
Allison Flory

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Heavenward
Madison Huskey

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Our Eternal Hearts
Andrew Ruegsegger

Visual Art

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Milberta
Gracie Morrison

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Ponder
Katherine Mazzanti

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Seeing with my Eyes Closed
Isabella Wisinger

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Abstract Box
Gracie Morrison

Letter from the Editors

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Editorial Staff

Editors-in-Chief
Mary Beth Kemp
Chance O'Neal
Carmen Alves
Managing Editors
Jasmine Hsueh-Ting Lee
Lacy Hazelbaker
Fiction Editor
E. Marie Gray
Fiction Editorial Team
Corinne Bryan
Meosha Manuel
Caitlyn Laster
Mary Beth Kemp
Poetry Editor
Charlotte Edsall
Poetry Team
Lacy Hazelbaker
Abigail Martinez
Jasmine Lee
Chance O'Neal
Visual Art Editor
Jordan Smith
Visual Art Team
Jessica Miller
Carmen Alves
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Social Media Editor
Meosha Manuel
Social Media Team
Lacy Hazelbaker

Production Staff

Design Editor (Print)
Corinne Bryan
Design Editorial Team (Print)
Mary Beth Kemp
Abigail Martinez
Jasmine Hsueh-Ting Lee
Charlotte Edsall
Design Editor (Web)
Caitlyn Laster
Design Editorial Team (Web)
Meosha Manuel
Lacy Hazelbaker
Jordan Smith
Jessica Miller
Chance O'Neal
Promotional Editor
Brantley Goins
Promotional Team
E. Marie Gray
Carmen Alves
Illustrator
Jordan Smith
Faculty Advisor
Jane Blunschi