Wilderness House Literary Review # 10/3


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    Steve Glines 


  John Hanson Mitchell

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   Irene Koronas

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  Prema Bangera

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Teisha Twomey

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   Steve Glines

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   Doug Holder

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  Pam Rosenblatt

Poet in Residence

  Tomas O’Leary


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Welcome to the 39th issue (Volume 10, no 3) 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 happens every year about this time. I don't know why I should be surprised but I am, …  every year. I look out the window, next to my desk, and all of a sudden there is a burst of color. The Sumac and ivy have been turning red for a couple of weeks. The Birch grove deep in the woods has been yellow almost as long but the maple have withheld their color until the last couple of days.

We've been in a drought, not as extreme as the one in California or Asia-Minor but enough to cause worry. The lake the beavers built across the street in Bumblebee park is almost dry. The only evidence of the once full lake are the channels the beavers carved in the lake floor. They are the watery superhighways that should provide unencumbered travel to any part of the lake. The channels still have water in them and provide a last refuge of the little minnows that used to dart away when anyone approached the ponds deep end by the beaver dam. The beavers themselves are nowhere to be seen. I hope they have survived.

Normally it is the Swamp Maples that turn yellow and orange first but they are still green if a little sad looking. In years past a drought would forced the Swamp Maples to shut down early in a blizzard of still greenish yellow leaves. I've been expecting that for weeks but it hasn't happened … yet.

There are three or four different kinds of maple trees visible from my window.
The big Norway Maple is considered an invasive species by some. They are not very colorful, yellow and brown, mostly, and their roots are shallow which means they are the first to get blown over in a hurricane. Fortunately we haven't had a really good blow in years. The Norway maple is always the last to let go for the winter, usually in the first wet snowfall in November.

I already mentioned the Swamp Maple. I've been told that there are a couple of kinds of these but they all turn a motley yellow and orange and occasionally red.
Then there is the Sugar Maple, the iconic staple of the New England forest. It's the Sugar Maple that sets New England ablaze every October in brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. The Sugar Maple at the edge of my yard just exploded in colors right before my eyes.

Two days ago the world was green with red fringes where the ivy filled the forest floor or climbed the trunks of trees. Yesterday I noticed a few red patches in the trees in the valley across the street.

It rained yesterday for the first time in almost two months. It rained a lot. This morning, when the sun came out, I looked out my window to see a red, orange and yellow flame crowning the top of the Sugar Maple at the edge of my yard. It's cool and brisk today, it is finally fall.


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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:



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.


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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:

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