Note to Note
“Why this overmastering desire to communicate with others?” ––Virginia Woolf
Harder fought than many issues that precede it, Issue 6 comes out of the haze of 2012. One son birthed, two jobs lost, an apartment vacated. As the poems and prose included here show, our personal details both make our art and are incidental to it. What remains is our maniacal impulse to share it all, laid out and distorted.
Poems by Jean Hartig, Christopher Kondrich and Ellen Welcker explore the other-worldly. Dave McNamara and Sean Zhuraw weave and counter-weave reference, line, image. Ira Lightman catapults us into sound and experience head first. JoAnna Novak’s struggle and observation become like our own.
We’ve also reviewed an excellent first book by Lynn Melnick and two chapbooks from the exciting Gold Line Press.
We’d like to thank our readers for submitting so much work to us––several of our contributors in this issue and going forward are from submissions. Please keep us in mind (our guidelines are in “Submit”) and spread the word. The word is JERRY.
We review chapbooks by Natalie Peeterse and Heather Aimee O’Neill
We review If I Should Say I Have Hope by Lynn Melnick
so broken with love
What have I had but trees/ to dispel rumors
FEAR LOVE YOU
Tumult/ Every one’s trying to be one again
Our friendship has an appetite of its own. We are intensely hungry
my/ coal shaft mouth, my high-value target
much like smoke palms its limits––