Introduction

 

Calculate the longitude of luminescence, slicing this pomelo of an issue before you. Our contributors scraped the residue off the dining table, tossed out the lapsed pills, invited us over en famille. Swapped etiolated for sanguine. Can we offer signs of hope? Our editors gratefully bring you these poems and stories bursting with vitamin C and anti-oxidants. Get calm and connected, taste the radiance.

As an independent journal and community arts non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, we are grateful for the support of many people. Our thanks especially to Ken Herndon and David e. Bell for web design and support. Thanks to our friends at Cuppa Pulp Writers’ Space, CSU’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, Manhattanville CollegeSeranam Literary Arts, Patisserie Didier Dumas, the Nyack Library, 95 1/2 Main, and the Nyack Chamber of Commerce for co-hosting literary events and writing salons. Much gratitude to ArtsWestchester and the New York State Council for the Arts, which has just awarded grant funding of our 2019 readings series. Thanks to all the writers and artists who sent us submissions for this issue; we appreciated the opportunity to see your work. Huge thanks to our board of directors and recent donors for your contributions to the literary arts. And to our members, for whom all this inspiration flows.

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All best,

A. Anupama


Prose
Stiletto
Emilya Naymark
Expiration
Andrew Heath
You Are not What We Expected
Sidura Ludwig
You’re Sick
Jessica Staricka
Haemostasisophilia
Nicholas Brooke
Stuff About Me #12
Brendan Connolly
A Good Death
Kate Tighe-Pigott
pocketsfull.com
Benjamin Hennesy

Poetry
ANY WAY YOU GO, YOU GO TO ATLANTA (TO HIM)
Liv H. Scott
FLICKER
Andrea Noël
MIDWESTERN
Skyler Osborne
MUSEUM
Keith Woodrow
COMMISSIONING
Tom Higgins
EVERY BASEMENT IS FLOODED, NEW YORK
Henry Cherry
IN THEORY
Susan C. Waters
OFFENSE
Beth Haverkamp Powers
Laying out the seed
Mary Panke
THE LECTURE
Jessica Mehta
WHEN THE CRASHING WAVES SPOKE
John Casquarelli
WINDOW OF THE STORM
Georges Rose, translated by Bryan Flavin
WINTER
PJ DeGenaro
YOU WANT EACH TREE
Nicole Scott

 

cover image: “envelop” by Anna Martin