A few days ago I received word that Quiddity has included my poem “When Beauty Was Found Sleeping” in its 2017 nominations for the Pushcart Prize. This piece is in the good company Quiddity‘s other nominations, fiction and poetry by Joanne Diaz, Elizabeth O’Brien, Heather Cox, Cindy Lam, and Charles Cote. This poem, the last in this issue, is particularly appropriate now as we face a decision to go back to sleep or to wake, as we come to understand the implications of what sleeping or waking means.
Time to wake.
Stoneboat holds “A Cameo Cut in Shell.”
“Grass Domes” monitors the newborn heart in the latest Naugatuck River Review.
“The Influence of Smoke on Public Health Has Been Considerably Overestimated” — its title from an article in The Black Diamond, the 1909 publication of the National Coal Exchange — takes a trip to Rend Lake in the summer 2017 issue of New Madrid.
“In the Oxbow Garden of Latin Names” — from old tangles of hours of studying maps and bridal magazines and Latin — appears in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Sugar House Review.
“Wishbone Road” appears in the second to last print issue of Crab Orchard Review. This journal from my parents’ alma mater Southern Illinois University at Carbondale didn’t exist when I was growing up in southern Illinois. Its work has been part of a celebration of the arts that I could only have dreamed of as a child, and I am thankful to be part of it one more time, and in this way. Respect.