Wilderness House Literary Review # 12/4


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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 


John Hanson Mitchell

Poetry Editor

Teisha Twomey

Poetry Reader
Carol Smallwood

Fiction Editor

Tim Gager

Assistant Fiction Editors  Emily Pineau

Nonfiction Editor

Steve Glines

Book Reviews Editor

Doug Holder

Arts Editor/Curator

 Steve Glines

Poet in Residence

  Tomas O’Leary


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September 1 – Autumn
December 1 – Winter

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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 48th issue (Volume 12, 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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It’s six degrees below zero Fahrenheit (-22C) here at Bumblebee Park. The seven inches of snow that fell on Christmas day is still on the ground, and it’s not melting. It’s an auspicious start for the winter. November was the second warmest November on record while December proved to be one of the coldest and snowiest. There were only five times in “recorded history” where it has snowed on Christmas day here. Of course, that’s a lot of hyperbole since the records only go back into the mid-1800’s. Still, it costs a fortune in heat and plowman fees. When we first came to Bumblebee Park, there were well-used deer runs throughout the neighborhood. Development changed some of the runs, and while Pepper (our German Short Haired Pointer, a hunting dog) was with us, the deer run through the backyard was abandoned. Pepper has been gone about a year and the deer run has again been firmly established again. I’m not sure it was ever fully abandoned but it’s in full use again. We are tempted to put a salt lick out and throw out a few bales of hay for the transients (or are they migrants?). It’s almost a record cold but, so far, everyone has survived intact. Including your editor.

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Back in the 1970's we knew a group of artists who published "Warm Neck Funnies." When something similar came in over the transom, we had to publish it even if it is a bit risque:

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A wonderful collection of essays came in over the transom this Spring. Our essays range from a war memoir to a dissertation on writing letters by hand and lots more.

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

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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.

Enjoy the collection of poetry we have assembled.



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 We have gotten a little incestuous lately.

In this issue, we have Lee Varon reviewing Julia Carlson's book and vice versa. We didn't do that intentionally ... it just happened that way. Of course, Dennis Daly gives us two reviews.


WHLReview is brought to you by:

An exciting travelog:
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Seven Days in Fiji
by Steve Glines



Dosha, flight of the Russian Gypsies
by Sonia Meyer

The Custom House
by Dennis Daly
From Ibbetson Street Press

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

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
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