Issue 9: Harbor, Home, Hard Love (Jul-Aug 2016) is an unthemed issue featuring poetry, prose, videos, and artwork from writers and artists around the world.
I Am April — Tiffany Grantom
Gossamer — Jeanie Tomasko
composing for voice & breath — Scott-Patrick Mitchell
Westbound PA Turnpike — James Esch
Acutance — Jack Bedell
prairie storm — Debbie Strange
Texas Life Story, Six Words — Lisa Bubert
and if you sketched the view from here minus — Jeanie Tomasko
The Meeting Ran Long — Marie Craven
Multilingual — Steve Klepetar
The Elephant in the Room — Juliet Wilson
After Ekphrasis — Marie Landau
Geography of the Dream — Joan Colby
Talking You to Sleep — Margaret Holley
Sea Song — PJ Wren
Daydream — Olivier Schopfer
Moon Kisses — Kelsey May
Super Moon— Cathryn Essigner
In a Dark Room — Steve Klepetar
Once Upon a Time — Consuelo Arredondo, Cristina Ortiz, Ferrie = differentieel, Johann Mynhardt & Luis Rojas
My Cross — Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto
Skins — Mary McCarthy
ECT — Mary McCarthy
Ominous Dreams — Bill Waters
Only the Lonely — Marie Craven
old footbridge — Pravat Kumar Padhy
tequila sunset — Christina Sng
riddle of renewing — j.lewis
from Orchards — Marilyn McCabe
Back to school. That’s why this note and issue wrap-up is so late. Should I tell you the dog ate my work? It’s a great excuse since dogs will eat anything: paper, plastic, Legos, spatulas, curtains, coffee tables, trash. Why not the last page of this issue?
So I’m back to school and already I hear this from my students: “Writing is boring.”
My mind short circuits. This simply does not compute.
Lately, I’ve tried responding with, “Why are you writing boring things? Try writing something interesting.”
This stumps them sometimes, but I figure why not? Many of my kids act like they want me to entertain them, but maybe they should try to entertain me.
This year, I’ll tell them to try to think like writers: entertain me, inform me, persuade me. Show me your world as only you know it.
Now here we are starting the second week of school and a few at least seem willing to try. Maybe I can find a seat in the back of the classroom, sit down and learn from what they’ve got to say.
It’s what I like to do here at Gnarled Oak, and so, thank you as always for writing and reading, for sending your work and letting me publish some of it. For letting me sit in the back and learn so much. It’s always an honor, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this issue as much as I did.
And for those of you teachers, students, and parents of school and college-aged kids, best of luck to you in the new school year, and may all your dogs keep their teeth off your work.
With gratitude and thanks,
James Brush, editor