In This Issue: Fall 2012

One Eye Rising

One Eye Rising” ~ Bonnie Walker


Lost the key to success?
Pick the lock!
The Big Picture
is yours for the taking.
The camera never lies—believe it or not.
Brant Lyon, from “Cliché Therapy”


Like a Movie: Among Those Named:
This fall’s collection includes work by Austin Alexis, Holly R. Appling, Robert Balun, Jan Beatty, S. E. Black, Patricia Brody, Geordie Edel, Patrick Henry, Adrienne Hernandez, Ted Jonathan, Pamela L. Laskin, Richard Levine, Jennifer Litt, Peter Martin, Philip Miller, George Moore, James B. Nicola, B. Z. Niditch, Stella Padnos-Shea, Andy Pawelczak, Anne Elezabeth Pluto, Carolyn Raphael, Claudia Serea, Larissa Shmailo, Jared Smith, Joseph Stanton, Mervyn Taylor, Melinda Thomsen, Barry Wallenstein, Abigail Welhouse, Terry Wolverton and Michael T. Young.


In Memoriam: Brant Lyon

Big City, Little:

Kate Irving: When Sleep Won’t Come, Among the Named


Richard Pearse, Living In Grace

David Francis, What I Owe The Thief

Christopher Cappelluti, The Grey Dog


Preston Hollow’s ‘singing’ article: Talkin’ Frackin’ Blues

A man steps up knocks on my door,
says, “Hey! How’d y’like more … cash?”
“More cash?” says I, “Why, sure.”
…holds up a piece of paper…


Patrick Henry, Deep Water Dividing Budapest

Quitman Marshall, “Lost” from his unpublished collection of essays, Swampspirit


George Drew on The Collected Poems of Jared Smith, 1971 – 2011

Shira Dentz’s black seeds on a white dish, reviewed by Laurel Kallen

Gil Fagiani’s Serfs of Psychiatry, reviewed by Lynn McGee

Colette Inez, Horseplay, reviewed by Kryssa Schemmerling

Melinda Thomsen on Philip Miller’s The Ghost of Every Day

George Wallace on Thom Ward’s Etcetera’s Mistress


New Additions:

Richard Levine,

Ron Price, A True Account of the Failure of Bodies to Adequately Burn

Ronnie Norpel, Baseball Karma and the Constitution Blues

Margo Berdeshevsky, Between Soul and Stone

Mary Noonan, The Fado House

Dean Kostos, Rivering

Hilary Sideris, Sweet Flag


David Francis: On A Shingle Near Yapton


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Masthead Notes:

We welcome Melinda Thomsen as a Contributing Editor of the magazine.

Contributing Editors:

Martin Mitchell, Barry Wallenstein, James Ragan, Patrick Henry (UK), Diana Manister,
Margo Berdeshevsky, George Wallace, Larissa Shmailo, Brant Lyon, Melinda Thomsen