|volume 4 number 3
| Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate!
I’m totally kidding, but the sweltering temperatures and humidity in Los Angeles these days may be likened to the heat emanating from the enclosed tombs at Level Six (check with Dante).
I need a little humor to ease the oppression and to put matters into perspective, like why my next-door neighbors insist on sending their bombastic, destructive children out in the backyard to beat up on each other in 100 degree heat. Perhaps it’s not only to give the kids a chance to indulge in summertime fun, but also to see which one can triumph over sunstroke, and to predict which one will be a future contestant on Survivor.
Right now, I know conditions in other parts of the country–like St. Louis–are much worse, and I am fortunate in spite of my un-air-conditioned circumstances not to be in the same position as the woman I saw being interviewed the other night on KNBC who complained that living in Woodland Hills without air-conditioning was as bad as living through Hurricane Katrina–except she still had her home… a two story ranch-style house. (Sigh.)
Good poetry helps too. We have quite a bit, as well as some fabulous short stories, a new essay, new art, and book reviews. My advice to you, the Reader, is to set aside a quiet time in the late evening/early morning, grab a cold drink from the fridge, and then sit down and cool your mind with this issue of poeticdiversity.
Featured Poets: Arlene Ang, Theresa Antonia, Hayley Berariu, Beth Cheng, Jeanette Clough, Amelie Frank, Nelson Gary, Gretchen Keer, Collin Kelley, Kamuran Kelly, and Adam Lowis.
Prose Feature: Curran D. Vinson with an excerpt from his new novel …Ho!
Artist in Residence: Local photographer Kevin Berger.
Contributing Poets/Writers: E. Amato, Gary Beck, Gwendolyn Beyer, Jarvis Black, Beau Blue, Julie Bolt, Jack G. Bowman, Robin M. Buehler, Dana Campbell, Peggy Dobreer, Durenda, Donna Gebron, Ann L. Healey, Kevin Lavey, Marie Lecrivain, Tess. Lotta, Melissa Michaels, Barbara-Marie Mundt, Aire Celeste Norell, Angel Uriel Perales, Ingrid Rattay, Douglas Richardson, Francisca Ricinski-Marienfeld, Emily Rose, Cecile Sarruf, Annette Sugden, tri tran, Wanda Vanhoy Smith, Evan Walsh, Desmond Weindorf, and Seth Woolf.
Interviews: this issue we have interviews with Inga Muscio, author of Cunt and Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil; Matthew McGee, editor of Falling Star; and ryan laks, poet and author of the unfinished letters to mary magdalene.
Guest Essayist: Larry Colker shares his thoughts on poetry.
Reviews: Richard Beban’s Young Girl Eating A Bird, John Dorsey’s Teaching the Dead to Sing: The Outlaw’s Prayer, Sabrina Lightstone’s Open, Jim Marquez’s East L.A. Collage, Paul Moreno’s Permission for Strangers, and Francisca Ricinski's On Silicon Soft Paws.
Have a fruitful and enjoyable summer. Do your best to stay cool–literally and metaphorically.
Best to you,
||g murray thomas, charles claymore, carol smallwood, angel uriel perales, deborah l. warner, annette sugden
||maurico alejandro ramos
||puff, guinness, mr. poe (dearly departed), and vince