Wilderness House Literary Review # 9/4

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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

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March 1 – Spring
June 1 – Summer
September 1 – Autumn
December 1 – Winter

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  2. short stories less than 1000 words in length

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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

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Welcome to the 36th issue (Volume 9, no 4) 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).

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Table of Contents

Opine

Don’t shoot, I can’t breathe.

Now is the winter of our discontent. We curse the darkness. Cold hard frosts bury, for now, the life we lead above ground. All who can, seek the solace of sleep, hibernation, and prolonged detachment from interactive life. Both grub and tree sleep peacefully next to each other and next to the lichen covered sandstone they will become eons from now.

It’s just a well. The fire, corruption, distrust and conflict of the past season grates on us all. We are citizens of our states and as such are ultimately responsible for what those states represent. Don’t shoot, I can’t breathe. Autumn is the season of decay and winter is the season of death. Those things that no longer matter pass on into memory, good or bad, while those things that offer hope and a future will bide their time, gestating, growing silently, hiding, morphing into the butterfly or moth of the next season.

Both good and bad will emerge from this darkness which is already lifting by one or two minutes each day. Things can change, sometimes, for the better. Don’t shoot, I can’t breathe. For the last few decades the police in the United States have developed the unpleasant habit of referring to the general public as civilians. They use the word as if it doesn't apply to them. The police are not the military, they are civilians too. They need to be reminded, occasionally, who they are, who they serve, and at who’s pleasure they are employed. Policing is by consent. It's an ugly job, but if they can't be civilians, they need to go be soldiers.


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Essay

A wonderful collection of essays came in over the transom this Fall. We have Cherry Cecilia's description of Chinese cosmetic fashion in The Modern Terracotta Army and Liz Gilmore Williams touching tribute to her sister in The Last Time. I could mention all the other essays but that would take some of the fun away from reading them.


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Fiction

Our fiction editor loves Anton Chekhov and despairs the notion that there are no latter day Chekhov's 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:

We are pleased to offer Part II of Geoffrey Craig's Snow (Part I can be found here. )

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 scrolling 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

The Bagel Bards have been active again. Three bards have released new books in the past few months: Molly Lynn Watt, Timothy Gager and David P. Miller have all published works since our last issue. Yes, it's indulgent when we review books by our own ... but someone has to do it.

 

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

Daly
Sophocles' Ajax
translated by Dennis Daly


Ibbetson Street Press

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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