Ed Hack started writing poetry because it seemed the only way to make sense of the world that he experienced. Hack wrote free verse for years, was published here and there, and then, six years ago, he turned to the sonnet, wanting the discipline of form. Hack moved from the sonnet, though he still believes in the form, to a freer verse, and he still uses rhyme.
J. T. Townley has published in Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, The Threepenny Review, and other magazines and journals. His stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net award. Townley holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and an MPhil in English from Oxford University. To learn more, visit jttownley.com.
Balloon Letters, Volume 6 , Issue 2
Robert Fern is a professor of translational neurobiology who lives in Plymouth England. This year he has published or had accepted for publication pieces in Between the lines press, The Fortnightly Review, Isacoustic, Blue Unicorn, and the Chiron Review. Other than that, his publication record is purely academic.
Last, Under the surface, and I don’t know where she lies, Volume 6, Issue 2
The issue is available here as a PDF.
The optional theme is A Day That Changed Me.
Contributors: Stephen Barry, Susan P. Blevins, Heather M. Browne, JW Burns, R. J. Cardullo, Samantha Chasse, Ranjabali Chaudhuri, Susan Taylor Chehak, Jenny Coates, Mirana Comstock, Heather Cook, Margo Davis, Leslie Dianne, Kristin Kowalski Ferragut, MacGregor Frank, Tom Franken, Carolyn Geduld, Kathleen Gemmell, Brian Glaser, John Grey, Andrey Gritsman, Deborah Guzzi, Benjamin Harnett, Jack D. Harvey, Julia Hatch, Kevin Hogg, Zebulon Huset, Anthony Koranda, Lori Lipsky, Jeanne Lutz, Sean Lynch, Jennifer Makowsky, Delvon T. Mattingly, K. McGee, Bob McNeil, Rachel Medina, Cameron Morse, Louisa Muniz, Marianthi Papadim, Melanie Petrandis, Jenna Pini, John Raffetto, Robin Ray, Marguerite Maria Rivas, David Anthony Sam, Becca Saul, Joe Seale, John Sheirer, Adrian Slonaker, John L. Stanizzi, Wylie Strout, The Rotten Poets, Richard Weaver, Julie Weiss, Thomas Wells, and Bill Wolak.
Reviews: Kind Chemist Wife: Musings at 3 AM by Sarah Bigham, Slide to Unlock: Poems by Julie E. Bloemeke, Skeleton Parade by Mela Blust, a broken exit by Goirick Brahmachari, Escaped Housewife Tries Hard to Blend In by Karen Craigo, Emily as Sometimes the Forest Wants the Fire by Darren C. Demaree, Here, We Bury the Hearts by Dom Fonce, Boys by Daniel Edward Moore, Verses of Realness by Bob McNeil, Love_Is_Love: An Anthology for LGBTQIA+ Teens edited by Emma Eden Ramos, and Ghosts of You by Cathy Ulrich.
A native of Moscow, Andrey Gritsman emigrated to the United States in 1981. He is a physician who is also a poet and essayist. Andrey has
published five volumes of poetry in Russian. His poems, essays, and
short stories in English have appeared or are forthcoming in over 60
literary journals, including Pirene’s Fountain, Forge, Emprise Review,
Amarillo Bay, Mad Hatter’s Review, Foliate Oak, decomP, Gloom Cupboard,
New Orleans Review, Two Cities Review, Verdad, Whistling Shade, The
Writer’s Chronicle, and The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review.
Black-And-White Photos, Caedmon’s Song, Colosseum, Scuba Diving, and Warning, Volume 6, Issue 1
Cameron Morse’s poems have been published in numerous magazines, including New Letters, South Dakota Review, TYPO, and Bridge Eight. His first collection, Fall Risk, won Glass Lyre Press’s 2018 Best Book Award. Morse’s second, Father Me Again, is available from Spartan Press. His chapbook Coming Home with Cancer belongs to Blue Lyra Press’s Delphi Poetry Series.
Flying Snail and Magnificent Monarchs!, Volume 6, Issue 1
Underground Books presents a new version of Bob McNeil’s collection of poetry, Verses of Realness. This collection, unlike its predecessor, has more thought-provoking poems about the state of the world. And, as an added bonus, the book prominently showcases two of Bob’s startling illustrations. James Browning Kepple, Publisher of Underground Books, wrote: “By going deep inside our own selves, Bob McNeil guides the way to a new and improved view of what our world should be—something real and honest.” Verses of Realness can be purchased for $8.00, plus $4 shipping and handling. For copies of this book, send checks or money orders to Bob McNeil, PO Box 144, Hollis, NY 11423 or to this PayPal account: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, email Bob at email@example.com or call him at 917-889-1441.
Think, you are not alone and The Thinker, Volume 6, Issue 1
Jeanne Lutz grew up on a small dairy farm in southern Minnesota, attended the National University of Ireland Galway, and spent two years in Japan. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Best-of-the-Net nominee, and Loft Mentor Series fellow for poetry, she is the author of the chapbook Hearts and Harrows and her poetry has appeared in The Missouri Review; NonBinary Review, Conduit and elsewhere. She divides her time between the family farm and working at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Nova’s Poem; Lost in Darwin; Heart, I’m Sorry I Did This to You; In Good Thunder for a Family Wedding Where the Groom sings ‘Purple Rain’ to His Bride; and Taper vs. Fade, Volume 6, Issue 1