Christine Hamm’s “answers” raise more questions than answers. Who is she talking to? What is being asked? Why are the thumbs sewn together? Still, it leaves you asking questions about our own connections. The language is blunt and even a little curt, but with a tinge of desperation for any sort of meaning in our lives.
Rudolf Vicek, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
The best humor often comes from horrifying ironies. In Lauren Foss Goodman’s “Frank and the Shark,” Frank is not just an old man who doesn’t understand cell phones, as that would be too easy. Instead, she intertwines Frank’s fate with the shark – two solitary creatures on display, stranded, left to their own devices, and just barely hanging on to their remaining connections.
Albuquerque Biopark, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
We’re proud to announce what we think is another fabulous issue.
Here’s what co-editor Valerie Vogrin writes in her editor’s note:
I am in love with this issue. Probably, it is the case that my ardor is of a similar magnitude to the affection I’ve felt for all of the issues I’ve co-edited, and that the beautiful thing in front of me seems most beautiful simply because it is in front of me.
It is possible, of course, that a special radiance emanates from this issue due to the fortuitous/ purposeful assembly of these particular pieces. But again, I suspect that this must always be the case. It’s the magic of the issue—a literary sum greater than its parts. If this issue does possess a distinctive radiance, then it must be said that it is an oxymoronic radiance—that is, the radiance of moonlight illuminating a gravestone, a flashlight beam splashing over a cave wall.
We are so fortunate to be able to publish so much very fine work. Unfortunately, the wonderfulness of our contributors makes this annual task of narrowing our favorites down to a group of only six pieces pretty darn excruciating.
Though our announcement is nearly two weeks too late we wanted to be sure to share the good news:
From our Spring 2014 issue, we nominated “Scooter” (short story, Jeremy Griffin), “I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This” (short story, Liza Wieland), “A Story about the Heart” (poem, Andrea Hollander), “Seven Miles Deep” (poem, Pamela Garvey), and “Postcards from Catatonia” (poem, Michelle Boisseau).
From our Fall 2014 issue, forthcoming in mid-December, we nominated “Green” (short story, Afsheen Farhadi).
Congratulations are in order! Poet Rachel Kubie and fiction writer Lisa Locascio have been selected as this year’s winners of the Dr. Fred Robbins Memorial Award for Emerging Writers (aka The Robbins Award).
You can read more about Rachel and Lisa here.
Each year, one poet and one prose writer who have not published a full-length volume in their genre will be chosen from the fall and/or spring issue to receive a cash award of $100.
Oliver de la Paz is a poet of ambition. He operates on a mythic scale, even in the microcosm. But he’s not too busy staring at the world inside his fingernail. He takes his readers into a strange new world and brings them back, whether he’s transmuting all the worst generals into imperial ants in Names Above Houses, or honeymooning with scorpions in Furious Lullaby, or staring into the abyss of a vacant bee hive on the pages of Sou’wester.