Wilderness House Literary Review # 9/3


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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

   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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Welcome to the 35th issue (Volume 9, 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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Autumn has many beginnings. The traditional start date is the Autumnal Equinox, the date where darkness first overwhelms the light. This year it was September 22. TV weathermen call September 1st their Meteorological start to Fall. At Wilderness House Literary Review the autumn season begins around October 1st when we typically launch our fall issue.

There is another beginning of Autumn that we have observed here, around Bumblebee Farm. We’ll call it the beginning of Biological Fall. It’s the date that both plants and animals begin to prepare for winter. It’s a subtle event, observable only to those who are looking for it and often only observed in hindsight. Around Bumblebee Farm it was August 20th this year. I’m not sure if the date changes year to year but if it does it’s not my much. We’ll let you know next year.

On our daily ambulation with Pepper (that’s a word she still doesn’t know, the words ride, out, and walk will generate an unbridled enthusiasm that will only be abated with an actual walk) we noticed the slightest things. The first red leaf on the Swamp Maple at the edge of the yard, the first red leaf on a Sumac bush and the first time, this year, a flock of geese practiced formation flying, not that they will actually go anywhere but they love to practice this time of year anyway. In retrospect, the Humming Birds have already left and there is a new set of birds at the feeder.

By August 22 it was more obvious, The summer perennial flowers have done their work and now pack away the food they will need next spring. The autumnal flowering plants have stopped growing and now put their energy into flying their colors. The back yard is slowly transforming itself from the brilliant colors of Summer to the muted, earthy, pastels of Autumn.

By August 25th the last of the native corn had matured and was being harvested: Kandy Korn and Sugar Queen. We’ll be eating Sugar Queen all fall but the harvest is too small to last the winter. Kandy Korn was gone overnight.

By September 1st the deer had gone into rut. Only Pepper with her finely tuned nose knows this for sure but her instinct to hunt has kicked in and we wander off our normal paths looking for fresh deer tracks until one of us gets tired.

There is something about the fall that’s invigorating. It could be the fresh harvest, the brisk morning air or the promise of another new beginning engrained in our psyche from years at school. The days are waning quickly. Sunset is now before 7 P.M. and receding quickly to be redeemed only at the deep and darkest hour of the Winter Solstice.

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Reporting by Pam Rosenblatt


Our essays this fall cover a wide swath of human interest. Of particular note is Andrew Pidoux The Bag Lady cartoon. S.R. Glines has written a detailed account of how the Islamic State in the Levant (or ISIS if you use last weeks name) was formed in What Hath God Wrought. Finally, we have three offerings from Tom Sheehan, one of out favorite authors. We’ve nominated him twice for a Pushcart Prize and he’s received at least a dozen other nominations from other magazines and publishers.

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

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



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