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Contents: Issue 10: Fall 2014


Essays and Creative Nonfiction

Angie Athanassiades Boats Against the Current
Walter Cummins Beardless in Mississippi
Thomas E. Kennedy The Bridges of Bern: On Plotting Fiction
Frank Light Tora Bora Redux
Roberto Loiederman In Da Nang with Dana
Stephanie Paulsell Annunciation
Lisa del Rosso 6/9–9/11
Claude Clayton Smith John Lennon’s Beetles
Laura Esther Wolfson The Ski Jacket


Featured Author

Eduardo Santiago Midnight Rumba
[An excerpt from the novel + an interview, a review, and more]


Featured Links

List of Featured Links in the blue column at right changes in each issue. (Note: All out-links open in a new window.) These links are featured for Fall 2014:

Stephen Graf ‘Fiendishly Deadpan Pleasure’: Michael Brodsky Reflects on Translating Eleuthéria

The Beckett Circle (26 October 2012)
Zalin Grant Dana & Louise: A War Couple

Zalin Grant’s War Tales (Pythia Press, 2009)

The story of Louise Stone’s search for her husband Dana Stone, after he and fellow photo-journalist Sean Flynn disappeared in Vietnam on 6 April 1970
Michael Limnios LA poet/photographer Alexis Rhone Fancher talks about the progressive line between music and poetry (31 July 2013)

An interview by Michael Limnios, with photographs by Alexis Rhone Fancher

“Poetry is written to be read aloud. I always read my work aloud as I write. Poetry is about cadence, rhythm, line. Just like music. The jazz and blues culture speaks to the world through the American experience that created it. Our gift to the world. America’s on going poem to the universe.”

—Alexis Rhone Fancher, poetry editor of Cultural Weekly, and author of How I Lost My Virginity to Michael Cohen and Other Heart Stab Poems (Sybaritic Press, 2014)
Mary Strachan Scriver Tom Sheehan: A Two-Gun Writer and Poet

prairiemary blog (30 October 2014)

“‘Enjoy’ is for pie. This work is not bakery goods: not sweet, not consumable, not for easy praise.... They make movies about such lives [as his] with grand old actors—Paul Newman or Clint Eastwood—playing the lead but they are never supposed to be poets...”


Flash Fiction (up to 1500 words)

Dan Gilmore Happiest Black White Man Alive
Arya F. Jenkins A Song of Cages
Nicholas Jirsa A Question Apart
Victor Robert Lee Your Mothers Must Come
Miranda Stone Perfect Aim



Dr. Stephen Graf An Oxymoronic Pair: Michael Brodsky on Writing and Publication
Sarah Rettger Eduardo Santiago: Author of Midnight Rumba
Charles Salzberg Honoring Derek Alger



Hari Malagayo Alluri invest in loss
Nin Andrews Cinderella
My Invisible Valentine
The Perfect Company
Karsten Bjarnholt See Translations below
Holly Day 8 and 10
Anna DiMartino Life, Unexpected
Alexis Rhone Fancher I Want Louboudin Heels
Walk All Over You
Heidi Henning Flesh by Bone
Kitchen Creek, 1995
Nothing Quite Like a Cat
Terry Hertzler My Mother’s Green Coat
Phoenix, September 1977
Why I’ll Never Understand People Who Claim to Have No Regrets
Peg James Shift Into Kill
Naomi Ruth Lowinsky A Poet Changes Form
Lynda Riese In August
David Shaddock Female Desire
Vernal Pool
Marg Wafer Pocket Poem
Jeff Walt After a Fight



Duff Brenna Beneath the Neon Egg
[a novel by Thomas E. Kennedy]
Letters to the Grandchildren
[essays by Skip Eisiminger]
Pirates You Don’t Know, and Other Adventures in the Examined Life: Collected Essays
[by John Griswold, aka Oronte Churm]
Clare MacQueen Describing the Indescribable
[Review of Thomas F. Sheehan’s collection of short stories, In the Garden of Long Shadows]
Arlene Sanders Midnight Rumba
[a novel by Eduardo Santiago]


Short Stories

Nancy Ford Dugan Harnessing Big Data
Tara Kipnees Darwinism
Mike Koenig Sleeping Suzy
Dan Leach Simple Economics
Roisin McLean Fisher of Herms
Barbara Mujica The Call
Rudy Ravindra Mother-in-Law
Tamara Shaffer At Death’s Door
Diane Simkin Lilly



Karsten Bjarnholt [Poems translated from the Danish by
Thomas E. Kennedy]
The Dandelion’s Root


Visual Arts

Frank Light [Three Photographs]
Martyrs’ Shrine
Neighborhood Watch
School with a View
Christopher Woods Into Light [Photograph]
“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury