Issue 12 Letter from the Editor

Issue 12 Letter from the Editor

adamin I want to tell you about the field mice and the tiny burrows they make in the dry grass, and how quick they have to be to escape the cats, and how clever the fox is at catching them. How today we passed a crisis of heat and are blessed with a breeze from the...
Escaping Every Danger Except the Past

Escaping Every Danger Except the Past

by Derek Berry In her debut short story collection Orders of Protection, Jenn Hollmeyer cartographs an ecology of escape in the state of Illinois—from fraught divorces, from crumbling marriages, from disappointing careers, from the past. At times messy or acute, these...
The Look

The Look

It is Thanksgiving more than a yearafter your wedding, for which I had triedto write an epithalamion and failed.I walk the fields of your father-in-law’s farm,among leftover shreds of cottonmixed with busted stalks. The peanuts,which the bears ravaged, are sold,but...

Wanted!

I’d cross any river if a poem or a story were on the other side, and that’s one reason I lobbied to become an editor for Free State Review in 2011, and eventually the book acquisitions editor for its publisher, Galileo Press. Being an editor lets me walk...