Wilderness House Literary Review # 9/2

WHLReview

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Littleton MA 01460

The Wilderness House Literary Review is a publication devoted to excellence in literature and the arts.

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Editor & Publisher

    Steve Glines 

Editor-at-Large

  John Hanson Mitchell

Poetry Editor

   Irene Koronas

Fiction Editor

  Prema Bangera

Assistant Fiction Editor

  Teisha Twomey

Nonfiction Editor

   Steve Glines

Book Reviews Editor

   Doug Holder

Arts Editor/Curator

  Pam Rosenblatt

Poet in Residence

  Tomas O’Leary

 Submissions

Deadlines are as follows
March 1 – Spring
June 1 – Summer
September 1 – Autumn
December 1 – Winter

Please read this section before submitting work.

Please include some form of identification in the work itself.

All submissions must be in electronic form. Our preference is an MS Word file uploaded through the system below.

By submitting work to us you grant us a non-exclusive licence to publish your work in any form we see fit. You may withdraw a submission up untill the issue deadline (see above).

We don't pay so you retain all copyrights. If we publish your work online we may include it in a printed edition.

Poetry may be submitted in any length. Please don't submit 100 poems and ask us to pick 3.

Fiction may be submitted in three formats:

  1. very short stories less than 500 words in length

  2. short stories less than 1000 words in length

  3. Short stories that don’t fit the above should be less than 3000 words.

We also accept longer forms of fiction occasionally.

Non-Fiction is just that so lets see some interesting footnotes. Non-fiction should be short, (a lot) less than 5000 words

Book Reviews should be positive unless the author is a well-known blowhard. Our mission is to encourage literature not discourage it..

Any form of art may be submitted with the constraint that it must be something that can be published in 2 dimensions. It’s hard to publish sculpture but illustrations together with some intelligent prose count.

Published works are welcome with proper attribution.

Please submit all works electronically. Click here to submit to Wilderness House Literary Review

 

 

Welcome to the 34th issue (Volume 9, no 2) of the Wilderness House Literary Review. WHLR is a result of the collaboration between a group of poets and writers who call themselves the Bagel Bards (who keep publishing their anthologies).

The stories, articles, poems and examples of art have been presented as PDF files. This is a format that allows for a much cleaner presentation than would otherwise be available on the web. If you don’t have an Adobe Reader (used to read a PDF file) on your computer you can download one from the Adobe website. These files are large and we hope you will be patient when downloading then, however we think the beauty of the words deserves a beautiful presentation.

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Table of Contents

Opine

Lazy Summer

There are times when we really don’t have a lot to say. Our mind is at ease and on idle. That happens in the Summer. The urgency of autumn and winter has passed and the vibrant  energy of spring has yielded to the placid pace of summer. It’s a time to relax, go to the beach, go sailing (if you are near the water and so inclined) or just lay back and smell the roses. Out in the yard the grass needs mowing, the garden needs watering and it’s hot and sweltering in this tiny, overcrowded office even with it’s overtaxed air conditioner running 24 hours a day. The sun gets us up at 6 o’clock and by 9 we’ve read and replied to all our emails, fed the dog (who is now sunbathing) and written as much as we’re going to today. Of course, we’ll make another stab at working off and on during the day but for all practical purposes, we’re done.

We'd like to congratulate the Bagel Bards who are celebrating their tenth year meeting every Saturday to palaver by publishing their 9th anthology. Yes that makes sense.

One last thing, Zvi A. Sesling wrote a story in Ibbetson Street magazine about how mean literary editors are. Steve Glines replied in last fall’s issue. We reprint it here. As many of our writers know, we are finicky. Here’s why: Steve Glines - A Literary Editor's Complaint

 


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Fiction

Our fiction editor loves Anton Chekhov and despairs the notion that there are no latter day Chekhovs submitting works for her consideration. This is not to say that the work she receives isn’t excellent … it’s just not Chekhov. To that end WHLReview announces a new prize for fiction to be called “the Chekhov Prize.” A google search reveals several other Chekhov prizes with cash. Alas we’re not offering cash. We will look for a bearded bobble-head doll. In the mean time we have T-shirts with the Chekhov Prize logo available. Just click on Chekhov's head.

For your reading pleasure we offer an outstanding collection of short stories by:

Poetry

Our poetry editor, not wanting to be outdone by our fiction editor is pleased to announce the Gertrude Stein "rose" prize for creativity in poetry. Anyone published in Volume 3 (and beyond) is eligible. We don't have any idea what the prize will consist of - a T-shirt for sure. Perhaps we can find a Plaster of Paris bust of Julius Caesar, put a rose in its mouth and decorate it to look like Gertrude Stein. In the mean time we have T-shirts with the our rose prize logo available. Just click on Gerturde's head.

We have a remarkable lineup of poets, so enjoy.

Reviews

The widget server that once provided a smooth scroling region for our reviews has gone the way of the Dodo and no replacement has been found so we'll just have to point you to The Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene

 

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Dosha, flight of the Russian Gypsies
by Sonia Meyer

Fran Metzman

The Hungry Heart
by Fran Metzman

The Custom House
by Dennis Daly
From Ibbetson Street Press

Mitchell
The Last of the Bird People
a novel by John Hanson Mitchell

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Sophocles' Ajax
translated by Dennis Daly



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As we said when we started this is a joint production of Wilderness House Literary Retreat and the “bagel bards”.  The “Bagel Bards” have just published their nineth anthology. You may purchase them here:

Bagels with the Bards #5Bagels with the Bards #6Bagels with the Bards #7 Bagels with the Bards #8
BB#9

 

 

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