“Out of Body” © Bonnie Matthews Brock


for Riley Jaspers

When final obstacle is you,
the answer is keep moving,

keep twenty paces ahead,
force body to catch up.

On the beach, God knows
you want to be specialist,

carry yourself up to where
feet weren’t meant to mark.

Contain all the multitudes
and bring them together

into one creative call
and finally grow wings.


Bonnie Matthews Brock is a Florida-based photographer, as well as school psychologist. She enjoys capturing raw single-capture photos of a wide variety of subjects, and learning and experimenting with shooting techniques such as long-exposure and intentional camera movement, as well as with editing methods. You can find Bonnie’s images on the covers of publications such as Ibbetson Street, Poesy Magazine, and Wild Roof Journal, and on the pages of Oddball Magazine, Beyond Words Literary Magazine, Ember Chasm Review, Beaver Magazine, and Unstamatic. Her works are archived at institutions such as Poets House NYC, Brown University, University of Buffalo, and Harvard University. The photo is a 1/5″ exposure of the parkour athlete, Riley “The Eagle” Jaspers at Kiley Gardens downtown Tampa.

Chad Parenteau is Associate Editor of Oddball Magazine. He was honored to be picked by Bonnie to write a poem for this photograph.