|volume 14 number 2
One year later, we're still here, though it feels like just barely. This is a different country, fundamentally speaking, and our government is being slowly replaced with a vision that George Orwell wrote about in 1984.
I, like many others, reread 1984 over the past few months. The part I relish is in the beginning, where Winston Smith taps into his inner muse, aka his rebellion, and begins to write the truth of what he knows. The thrill Orwell describes, of acknowledgement, and self-awareness, is one many poets and writers are familiar with, and one that I believe is coming to fruition, especially in the work we publish in poeticdiversity.
I also would like to acknowledge the poets and writers whose work we nominate for Sundress Publications “Best of the Net” Anthology, and for Pushcart Best of the Small Press'. It's never an easy task to select one poet's or writer's work over another, and please know, that we consider it a great privilege to not only publish you, but to nominate you as well,
Please enjoy this issue.
Best of the Net (2017): Creative Non-fiction: Jon Talbird's “Dreams, Nightmares” (04/17), and G. Murray Thomas' “A Personal History of Rock 'n' Roll: Rage Against the Democratic Machine, 2000” (04/17). Fiction: Hattie Quinn's “Good Works After Bad” (04/17), and Jan Steckel's What the Santa Maria Carried” (0417). Poetry:Shawn Aveningo's “A Groupon for Women's Plus-Size Mermaid's Suit” (0417) Rick Lupert's When I Die”(04/10), Afric McGlinchey's “Blue Hour” (04/17), Bobbi Sinha-Morey's “Silent River” (04/17), Bethany Pope's “Archeologists (0417), and Alison Ross' “The Moon is a Disc of Despair” (04/17).
Pushcart: Best of the Small Presses (2017): Fiction: Philip Kobylarz's “Open 24 Hours” (11/17). Poetry: Catherine Berry's “The Fall of Cassini” (11/17), Raymond Fenech's “The Electric Storm” (11/17), Spencer Smith's “The Last Masterpiece” (11/17), Viola Weinberg's “Winter Comes Early” (11/17), and Terry Wolverton's “Rock in the Shape of the World” (11/17).
Featured Poets: Jonathan Beale, Marjorie R Becker, Catherine Berry, Robert Beveridge, Bill Cunningham, Jack Harvey, Robert S. King, Cynthia Linville, Genie Nakano, Jared Pearce, Magarita Serafimova, Jeanne Marie Spicuzza, RK Wallace, and Kelley White.
Prose Feature: Carol Schwalberg.
Contributing Poets/Prose Writers: Gary Beck, Jack G Bowman, Sir Mark Buback, JR Campbell, Adrian Ernesto Cepada, Dareen C Demaree, Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi, Raymond Fenech, Gerda Govine Ituarte, Grant Guy, Hedy Habra, Danielle Harper, JD Hart, Tom Irish, Kait Jensen, Michael Lee Johnson, Philip Kobylarz, Ron Lucas, Toti O'Brien, Suzanne O'Connell, Scott Thomas Outlar, E. Martin Pederson, John D Robinson, Miriam Saga, Iris N. Schwartz, Rishan Singh, Spenser Smith, Julia Stein, Ann Christine Takaba, Viola Weinberg, Cade Williams, Terry Wolverton, and Bill Yarrow.
Interviews: This issue we have Genie Nakano, author of Colorful Lives: A Coloring Tanka Poetry Book.
Guest essayist: Keiko Amano's essay on Murasaki Shikbu.
Reviews: The staff reviews Ron Lucas' Mother Goose Market.
a personal history of rock ‘n’ roll: G Murray Thomas’ latest column “What Decade is This?”
See you in April 2018.
Best to you,
marie c lecrivain
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