Issue 14: Chain of Years (Nov-Dec 2017) is an unthemed issue featuring poetry, prose, videos, and artwork from writers and artists around the world.
A Night So Beautiful We Had to Burn Down the Senator’s House #25 — Darren C. Demaree
at the port — Erin Leigh
My Body Is Mine — Jade Anouka
First Kiss — Elizabeth Moura
notes on bones — Audrey Gidman
felled branches — Lee Nash
To Johannesburg, with love — Abigail George
Breaking Through— Olivier Schopfer
First Grade Activist — Marie Craven
How the Grateful Dead Got Their Name — Steve Klepetar
the animal inside it — Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco
In Twos —Stella Pierides
hand-flapping — Marianne Paul
street in a downpour — Diarmuid Fitzgerald
Halfway to What’s Next — W. Jack Savage
night pond — Enrique Garrovillo
In Darwin’s Dream — Eduardo Yagüe & Matt Mullins
autumn chill — Debbie Strange
September 17 — Mary McCarthy
October — Mark Gilbert
The Rivers of Flame — Steve Klepetar
slack tide — Christina Sng
Advice Dyslexic — Marie Craven
Practice of Leaving — Chumki Sharma
The Last Day — Christina Sng
Happy New Year, everyone. It snowed here last night, which makes it twice in one month, twice in one winter, and twice in the past three years, I believe. It’s an unusual thing in central Texas. It doesn’t stick, but it flutters down pretty and makes everyone stop what they were doing.
Wow it’s snowing, did you see the snow, how much did you get, what did your kids think of it? These are the questions you hear repeated all through the next day. And then it dries out in the middle of the night and it’s sunny and cold, cold enough for the bird bath to freeze, which is in itself a novelty since ice isn’t usually seen outside of a drink.
And that’s how 2017 ended around here. Surprisingly quiet and peaceful. Now it’s 2018 and I wonder what this newest lap around the sun will hold. Hopefully a lot of poetry, a little more of it around here before we call it day. Best wishes to everyone in the new year.
With gratitude and thanks for making Gnarled Oak part of your 2017,
James Brush, editor
Jan 1, 2018