Issue 8: The Somnambulist’s Notebook (Apr-May 2016) is an unthemed issue featuring poetry, videos, and artwork from writers and artists around the world.
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longest night… — Archana Kapoor Nagpal
Ring-Around-Your-Dreams — Steve Klepetar
The Perigee Moon — Tricia Knoll
Dream of Flying — Michele S. Cornelius
The Somnambulist’s Notebook — Steve Klepetar
Joining the Lotus Eaters — Marie Craven
Making Friends with the Bear — Jo Waterworth
Pine — Arielle Lipset
The body that gleams in the depths — Luisa A. Igloria
Medieval saints could read hearts — Rebecca Valley
Sweet Insanity — Ehi’zogie Iyeomoan
Wasteland — Olivier Schopfer
Waiting — Marianne Paul
Dragon’s Breath — Mary McCarthy
Murmurations — Jennifer Hernandez
Worried Man Blues — Harold Whit Williams
Lilies of the Field — Marie Craven
Rural Road — Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco
Train — John L. Stanizzi
Homestead — Debbie Strange
high — Güliz Vural
haiku haiku hai — Marianne Paul
Boy — Casey Stein & Jamie Wimberly
Towards a Larger Physical Stoicism
— Harold Whit Williams
Washes the Other — Todd Mercer
Winning — Jade Anouka
Dear Zion Canyon, — Carolyn Martin
— Laura M. Kaminski & Saddiq Dzukogi
brushstrokes — Marianne Paul
Compline — Luisa A. Igloria
Simon the Cat likes to bite me sometimes. I don’t really know why. I’m sure he has his reasons, and in the grand scheme of feline justice it all probably makes sense. I’m sure I wronged him weeks or months ago, and as with the US Supreme Court, it sometimes takes months to hand down a decision. The decision tonight: bite.
So I’m sitting here trying to come up with an editor’s note worthy of this issue, and this cat is circling my legs, accepting head scratches and sometimes going for the cheap shot. Does he know he’s going to the vet later in the week for his annual vaccinations?
Or perhaps he’s telling me that I have nothing to add here this time because this issue is so wonderful. Why mess it up, James, he’s saying.
So, I’ll follow Simon’s advice (he is on the masthead, after all) and just say thanks to everyone who submitted, read, shared, commented and enjoyed this issue. I’m probably not supposed to say this as an impartial editor, but it’s one of my favorites.
With gratitude and thanks,
James Brush, editor
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