Diamonds & Guatemala

Diamonds & Guatemala

Making diamonds is a fairly simple process involving pressure (like that found at a depth of 100 miles), the elixir of time (about two billion years) and a little heat (1,400 degrees Celsius). Most writers spend their lives making diamonds from dead plants. As Billy...
Against Theme

Against Theme

If all we do is take a few words from each author then we’ve made the world a better place. From short story writer Shannon Cain I took arithmetic. I remember feeling appalled as she critiqued a colleague’s lecture about the difference between fiction and nonfiction....
What’s in your Monolithos?

What’s in your Monolithos?

Right hand, Jack Gilbert’s The Great Fires: Poems 1982-1992. Visiting our possible lives. Trumpet mouth on your left ear, remembering the sounds (Remembrance, Loch Raven Review). You’re ready for some holiday activities: 1. Train your emotional service...
Mary Ellen Redmond

Mary Ellen Redmond

Here I am, settling fifty or so submissions from the faithful before next month’s open reading period, reading for a new summer issue in the midst of winter, reading from earnest stacks of poems and stories and postings from the Rialto. Why do I read? I read from the...
Rascal Paul

Rascal Paul

You’d think Paul Hostovsky were a nice boy since Santa puts so many presents under his poetry. There’s a Pushcart Prize, two Best of the Net Anthologies, and six appearances on Verse Daily. If that doesn’t put some Norman in your Rockwell, Garrison...