Right Now (It?s About Time)
by Kent Foreman
Performance Poetry Read more...
Five from This Alleged Life
by Andrei Guruianu
In a house of beams and mirrored
images of the struggle with space. Read more...
by Tatiana Olga Rodeiro
La noche es viento solitario y estrellas calladas.
Un perro ladra. Read more...
Before the blossoming of sakura
by Vasyl Makhno
to be selected among the chosen
that permeated with the odor of hissing sheep Read more...
Reading our clothes,
by Rebecca Seiferle
the aggressive man
with the looks of an uncertain skinhead, asked Read more...
by Ross Gay
Call it sloth; call it sleaze;
call it bummery if you please;
I’ll call it patience; Read more...
by Jenny Boully
The music maker is heavy. The music maker is so heavy and you have to carry it.
You have to keep it strapped to yourself forever. Read more...
by Laura McCullough
Who knows god as well as lovers in the park? Everyone
listens. Everyone whispers. Even the rabbi pulls his beard. Read more...
by Laura McCullough
After the storm, in an old hotel, I opened
the closet door only to find it was not a closet, Read more...
by Nancy Mitchell
From the breadbasket passed for years
around your table, your wife asked us each Read more...
The Hanging Tree
by Rae Paris
Run away, or Stolen, one very likely new Virginia-born, imported from Gambia, Mundingo or Ibo country, Read more...
(with Homage to Louis Zukofsky)
by Leonard Kress
The whole neighbourhood aghast—to find the tour
bus of Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys Read more...
Line Shackles 2
by Brigitte Byrd
There is a hand at the end of the knife, a small hand. It is my hand. Read more...
by David Ebenbach
According to these bones, they say, this
was all water. Read more...
In Spite of His Dangling Pronoun
by Lyn Lifshin
He was really her favorite
student, dark and just
back from the army with... Read more...
Faith, Hope, Charity
by Mark Pawlak
Street corner morning, sidewalk littered: plastic soda bottles, candy wrappers, aluminum cans— Read more...
by Nahid Rachlin
A brittle ray of sunlight is shining on the wall across from me. I want to say, “Cold, I’m cold,” but no words come out. Read more...
by Kim McLarin
My mother is dressed and ready to leave the house, but five minutes before we’re supposed to walk out the door Read more...
by Lew McCreary
SO MANY of the girls were lost. Miss Guo would just look at them and see the truth and the future all in one glimpse. Read more...
Laugh, Run, Sing, Bark
by Richard Perry
Quentin relieved his mother at two-thirty. Abigail, wearing an ash colored dress, touched three fingers to her cheek Read more...
Strategic Allocation of Attention
by Mardith Louisell
It had been thirty-seven months since I’d moved to California and my adjustment had been minimal. Read more...
The Cup of Bitterness
by Thrity Umrigar
She is lying in a bed in the ICU, her mouth wide open to accommodate the hose of the ventilator, her bony arms blackened by the assault of the tubes running in and out of her body. Read more...
by Bruce Pratt
I passed the early afternoon lunching with Massimo at his restaurant, Il Pescatore, which he was readying for the season. Read more...
by Dar Thomas
You just don’t go knocking on someone’s door and tell her you’ve been watching her for the last couple months. They have a word for that. Read more...
Between the Wounded
by Erika Sanders
The nurse pointed down the long hallway. “He’s in room 202.” She looked Elle over head to toe. “He told me he didn’t have a girlfriend.” Read more...
1993: The Year That Changed The World (after the New Museum exhibit)
by Lisa Grace Hennessy
When I hear the word costume, I think of a pink dress I bought the summer of 1993, when I was eleven, going on twelve. Read more...
Color Him Father: Three Reflections
by Jabari Asim
Like many other African-American men, I found considerable joy in Barack Obama’s historic victory. Read more...
This issue of Solsticelitmag is one of our best ever and embodies our commitment to diversity. First, our cover photograph by world-famous photographer Eli Reed, as well as the other eight pieces in his Mozambique series, depict his dedication to human rights. And in promoting human rights, please read in fiction: Nahid Rachlin’s haunting piece “Eye Clinic;” Kim McLarin’s stirring story of an African American mother and daughter on a job search; Lew McCreary’s amazing narrative of a Chinese woman running an orphanage, Richard Perry’s sensitive telling of a black father dying of Alzheimer’s; Thrity Umrigar’s passionate monologue against discrimination; an experimental work by Mardith Louisell: a premise piece by Dar Thomas, and two startling, disparate stories of illness versus romance, one by Bruce Pratt and the other by Erika Sanders.
And in nonfiction, we offer a provocative view of our world in Jabari Asim’s powerful, controversial essay about African American fathers and sons; William B. Patrick’s spiritual journey to a remote island in Fiji, and Lisa’s Hennessy’s account of a dark sexual coming-of age.
Please do click on Contributors for the bios of these vital authors.
And click on Staff to get to know our marvelous 22 dedicated volunteer writers, including our new staff members: Dzvinia Orlowsky, as Visiting Poetry Co-editor of this issue and our new staff Editor of Poetry in Translation. And we welcome as our new Co-poetry editor Ben Berman, a constant amid flux. Also, welcome to our new Video Editor for Performance Poetry, Regie Gibson. And welcome to a new Contributing Fiction/Nonfiction Editor, DeWitt Henry.
Also, many thanks again to Susan Cassidy for her copyediting prowess and creative editorial assistance.
Solstice lit mag continues to grow: In early 2014, we will begin publishing e-books; and we offer the new Kurt Brown Memorial Fellowship in honor of our former poetry editor, for an aspiring MFA student in creative writing. Please see Fellowship.
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Warmly, Lee Hope, editor-in-chief
Poetry Editors’ Note
Selecting the outstanding poems for this issue, we continue to be moved across boundaries to revelations marked by an absolute and evident love of language. From Rae Paris’s shadowed “The Hanging Tree” to Vasyl Makhno’s impassioned “Returning to Granada,” from Tatiana Olga Rodeiro’s soulful “In the House of February” to the grit and grace of Ross Gay’s “Burial”—the poems in this issue push our understanding to places whose only cartography is designed by intimate, often startling, human experience.
Kurt Brown would have loved these poems. And you will too.
Dzvinia Orlowsky and Ben Berman
12/2013 UPDATE: Kurt Brown Memorial Fellowship, details below.
In Kurt’s honor, our magazine announces The Kurt Brown Memorial Fellowship, a $1,000 award to help a writer in any genre who has published in, or submitted to, or has subscribed to, or is a volunteer on the staff of the Solstice lit mag, to enroll in the Solstice MFA low-residency Program, with which we have a sisterly connection. Solstice magazine is, however, an independent, free-standing nonprofit.
To apply, please submit a manuscript of no more than 20 pages or 6 poems, your name and contact information, a short bio and a statement of why you would like the award to www.solsticelitmag.org/fellowship. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis. Manuscripts will be judged by the editors of Solstice. This award is funded by Solsticelitmag and Laure-Anne Bosselaar Brown.
The writer selected by our magazine must then be accepted by the Solstice MFA low-residency program at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. http://www.pmc.edu/mfa-apply. You must have an undergraduate degree to apply. This award is to be used toward the 2014 summer residency /fall semester or the 2015 winter residency/spring semester and is intended for writers not yet accepted to the MFA program.
At the 2014 AWP Conference in Seattle, Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices will be sharing a book table with the very fine online journal Talking Writing, and Solstice will be on an AWP panel with Talking Writing as well. More on this alliance to come.