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SHJ Issue 18
Spring 2018

Enter Here: poems

by Alexis Rhone Fancher

Lust, longing, urban noir, and the emotional ravages and physical heat that colliding souls can’t help making, are all artfully packed into these lyrical narratives by a poet who refuses to hold back...

—Michelle Bitting, author of The Couple Who Fell
to Earth, Notes to the Beloved,
and Good Friday Kiss


KYSO Flash Press
(May 2017)

Cover of Enter Here, by Alexis Rhone Fancher

For Kate in Absentia, a poem from Enter Here, appears in this issue of SHJ.

• Also in this issue: Francine Witte’s review of Enter Here

• Excerpts appear as well in poet and scholar Bill Mohr’s review in Poetry Loves Poetry.

The perfect book for a wind-tossed stormy night: Enter Here, a collection of sophisticated poems with erotic overtones.... I open my copy as Hurricane Irma starts to smash through.... Soon it’s 3 a.m., and hurricane-force winds start to howl while rains roar down. The electricity goes out and stays out. Reading by candlelight, I am glued to the pages of Enter Here. The fierceness of the storm echoes the fierceness of the women in this collection of poems...

—From Fearless Poems About Sex and Power...
by Eileen Murphy in the Los Angeles Review of Books (30 November 2017)


• Poet and critic Edward Hirsch selected Rhone Fancher’s poem “When I turned fourteen, my mother’s sister took me to lunch and said:” for Best American Poetry 2016. On 3 April 2018, at Poets House in Manhattan, Hirsch read the poem, along with Rhone Fancher’s commentary.

• Alexis Rhone Fancher served as Guest Poetry Editor for SHJ:17.

I write about women like me, women who own their sexuality and take responsibility for their choices. It may seem I’m writing about sex,
but really, I’m writing about power. Who has it. How to get it.
How to wield it. How to keep it.

—From “Featured Fem” Alexis Rhone Fancher,
interviewed by The Fem literary magazine (17 June 2016)



“...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