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We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of our Fall 2014 issue. This issue of CMR features the innovative fiction of Zach Powers, Yaron Kaver, and Sharon Goldberg as well extraordinary poetry from Gustavo Pérez Firmat, Caitlin Pryor, Nancy Compton Williams, and other notable contributors. It also includes compelling nonfiction from Jacqueline Doyle and Kobby Dagan’s beautiful cover photograph.
As you know, CMR is unique in the landscape of literary journals in America. Within our journal we strive to foster conversations between the visual arts, poetry and prose. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Thank you again for your readership!
Table of Contents – Fall 2014
Kaleidoscope for Maddy 54
The Loneliness of Large Bathrooms 6
The Swine Flew 16
R. F. GRANT
Moswen and the Friar 27
A Visit from Miss Ghana 39
Instructions for Divorce 10
After the Fourth 12
NANCY COMPTON WILLIAMS
Another Sparrow 13
Asexual Reproduction 14
Gesturing in Night Soup 15
Quotidian Man 23
ROBERT W. KING
Independence Night 24
Huckleberry Bushes 36
ANGELA H. DALE
Something / Else 3
Fully Human 46
Morning Orange 47
Field in Mid-Summer 48
Winter Picnic 50
DAVID A. PORTER
Coda, Makenzy Beach 51
My Start as a Mystery Writer 52
BOBBY STEVE BAKER
Sentient Late Evening 67
The Visit 68
Miss Cherry Angelica 69
Friday Night at the VFW Club 70
Becoming a Pickpocket 71
MARY SOON LEE
On Reading Materials 72
GUSTAVO PÉREZ FIRMAT
Old Octopus 75
What once appeared random and unpredictable assumes shape and inevitability in retrospect. The story over, it seems obvious that one thing led to the next, of course this happened and then that, it all had to end just the way it did. But what if,…
With nothing else to do, in almost any situation, I count things.Hotel lobby. Twelve people. Four couples. Remove eight from the equation. One man, three women. Two of the women, forty-plus. Remove three. One woman remains.I smile at her from…
It is said the religious experience Phantosmia when the Virgin is near – the scent of Venetian roses. Memories act on the mind similarly, returning from a mere trigger; ingredients tasted in a loved one’s cooking. Photographs which prompt…
BOBBY STEVE BAKER lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and has published in Camroc Press Review, Bop Dead City, Grey Sparrow, and many other journals. He is the author of two chapbooks, Numbered Bones and The Taste of Summer Lightning. Baker’s first full-length book of poetry, with original ekphrastic photography and art, is This Crazy Urge To Live.
TOM CHANDLER is poet laureate emeritus of Rhode Island. He has been named Phi Beta Kappa Poet at Brown University and was a featured poet at the Library of Congress and the Robert Frost homestead. His work has been read by Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio several times. Chandler’s latest book of new and selected poems is Guitars of the Stars.
KOBBY DAGAN is a freelance travel photographer. He has lived and worked in Uruguay, Japan, Turkey, Ukraine, and a variety of other locales. Learn more at www. kobbydagan.com
ANGELA H. DALE is a writer in Maryland. This is her second published poem.
JUDE DEASON lives and writes in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After years of taking trips on horseback, Deason took a more radical ride, leaving Chicago for life on a remote ranch in northern New Mexico. It was then poetry entered her life in earnest. She is currently putting together her first book, Backlit. “Honeydew” is her first published poem.
JACQUELINE DOYLE’S work has appeared in Southern Humanities Review, Confrontation, South Dakota Review, Southern Indiana Review, and South Loop Review. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her work has been honored as notable in The Best American Essays. She lives with her husband and son in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she teaches at California State University, East Bay. Find her online at www.facebook.com/authorjacquelinedoyle
DAN ENCARNACION’S work has appeared or is forthcoming in Word Riot, The Blue Mesa Review, Eleven Eleven, The Berkeley Poetry Review, Upstairs At Duroc, Assaracus, The Crab Creek Review, Blackbox Manifold, The Southern Review, and The Los Angeles Review. Dan was the featured artist for Reconnaissance Magazine’s 2013 issue and is included in the anthology Reduce: A Collection of Writings from Educe Journal 2012.
ROD FARMER has had poems published in Rattle, Backstreet Review, Potomac Review, Abbey, The Homestead Review, The Connecticut River Review, Northern New England Review, Alembic, Bloodroot Literary Magazine, and Pegasus. He is the author of three books by Finishing Line Press. Farmer is professor emeritus at the University of Maine at Farmington and has received three Fulbright-Hays Fellowships to study in India, Israel and Pakistan.
GUSTAVO PÉREZ FIRMAT was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Miami, Florida. He has published several collections of poetry in English and Spanish – Scar Tissue, Bilingual Blues, Equivocaciones, and Carolina Cuban. He is also the author of a novella, Anything but Love, and a memoir, Next Year in Cuba. A new book of essays, A Cuban in Mayberry: Looking Back at America’s Hometown, was published by the University of Texas Press in 2014. Pérez Firmat has taught at Duke University and is currently the David Feinson Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. He has been featured in the documentary CubAmerican and in the 2013 PBS series Latino Americans. Pérez Firmat divides his time between New York City and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
MARITA GARIN’S poems have recently appeared in or are forthcoming from San Pedro River Review and South Carolina Review. She is at work on a book of poetry.
SHARON GOLDBERG lives in the Seattle area and, in another life, was an advertising copywriter. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, The Louisville Review, Under The Sun, and elsewhere. Three of her stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2014. Sharon is an avid but cautious skier and an enthusiastic world traveler.
R. F. GRANT is a published author of fiction and poetry. His stories emphasize the strength of the human spirit, focus on spiritual and ethical paradoxes, and often times explore the nature of reality. The quality of Grant’s work has been described as magical-realist, slipstream, and deeply intrinsic towards the spiritual experience. For more information visit www.rfgrant.com.
CAROL HAMILTON’S work has appeared or is forthcoming in Louisiana Review, Tribeca Poetry Review, Boston Literary Review, Atlanta Review, San Pedro River Review, I-70 Review, The Aurorean, U.S.1 Worksheet, Review, Ear Poetry, and other journals. She has published children’s novels and books of legends and poetry. She is a former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma and has been nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize. Her most recent volume of poetry is Such Deaths.
MATT HEITLAND is a graduate of the MA program in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. While at SFSU he served as Poetry Editor on Fourteen Hills: The San Francisco State University Review.
JANICE HORNBURG is a native Texan who transplanted to East Tennessee in 1993. Janice’s chapbook, Perspectives, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2013.
Her work has also been published in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Gretchen Moran Laskas Volume V, and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. VI: Tennessee. Other poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Appalachian Heritage, Chapter 16, Town Creek Poetry, and Still: The Journal.
JANE HUFFMAN is a Michigan-based poet and playwright with work featured or forthcoming in RHINO Poetry, Arroyo Review, Moon City Review, and other journals. She studies poetry at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a small town with a huge literary community. She recently won the Poetry Society of New Hampshire’s College Student Poetry Prize.
YARON KAVER is a writer and translator living in NYC and pursuing his MFA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. He served in the Israeli Air Force, studied film at New York University, and has written for Israeli television. He can be easily Googled, as his name is very odd.
ROBERT W. KING’s first book, Old Man Laughing, was a finalist for the 2008 Colorado Book Award in Poetry and his second, Some of These Days appeared in 2013 from Conundrum Press. He recently won the Grayson Books Chapbook Competition with Rodin & Co. He lives in Greeley, Colorado, where he directs the website www.ColoradoPoetsCenter.org.
MARY SOON LEE was born and raised in London but became a naturalized United States citizen in 2003. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, two children, and two cats. Part of her work-in-progress, a poetry sequence, is available for review at www.thesignofthedragon.com.
JODDY MURRAY’S work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Broken Plate, DUCTS, Existere, Licking River Review, Meridian, The McNeese Review, Moonshot Magazine, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pembroke Magazine, Southampton Review, Stickman Review, and Texas Review. He currently teaches writing and rhetoric in Fort Worth, Texas.
DAVID A. PORTER is a graduate of Rutgers University and San Francisco State University. He was a co-founder and the managing editor of 20 Pounds of Headlights, a literary annual, and he is the Editor at Large for Stereo Embers Magazine. He has published fiction and poetry in Cadences, Ghost Ocean, Hotel Amerika, Nimrod, The Santa Clara Review, Sojourn and you are here. Porter lives in Nicosia, Cyprus, where he is working on his first collection of short stories, Protracted Adolescence, and a non-fiction book about music, 20,000 Things I Love.
ZACH POWERS lives and writes in Savannah, Georgia. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, The Brooklyn Review, Forklift, Ohio, Phoebe, PANK, Caketrain, and elsewhere. He is the founder of the literary arts nonprofit Seersucker Live. He leads the writers’ workshop at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, where he also serves on the board of directors. His writing for television won an Emmy. Get to know him at www.ZachPowers.com.
CAITLIN ANNE PRYOR’s poetry is forthcoming or has appeared in Redivider, Nimrod, Faultline, The Mississippi Review, Poet Lore, Fugue, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of The Mississippi Review Prize, The Ron McFarland Prize for Poetry, and an Avery Hopwood Award. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan, an MFA from The New School, and will soon complete a PhD at The University of North Texas, where she is currently a teaching fellow and Managing Editor of the American Literary Review.
DONNA PUCCIANI, a Chicago-based writer, has published poetry in International Poetry Review, The Pedestal, Shi Chao Poetry, Spoon River Poetry, Journal of the American Medical Association, Gradiva, and The Christian Century. Her work has been translated into Italian, Chinese and Japanese. Her books include The Other Side of Thunder, Jumping Off the Train, Chasing the Saints, To Sip Darjeeling at Dawn Hanging Like Hope on the Equinox, and A Light Dusting of Breath.
CYNDY SHEARER studied poetry at the University of Virginia. She teaches literature and writing in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
JASON TANDON is the author of three collections of poetry including Quality of Life and Give over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt, winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award. His work has appeared in many venues including AGNI Online, Boston Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Esquire, Harvard Review Online, Poetry East, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, and on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac. He teaches in the Arts & Sciences Writing Program at Boston University.
LESLEY WHEELER’S poetry collections are The Receptionist and Other Tales, Heterotopia, and the forthcoming Radioland. Her poems and essays appear in Subtropics, Gettysburg Review, and Poetry. Wheeler is the Henry S. Fox Professor of English at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. She blogs about poetry at www.lesleywheeler.org.
NANCY COMPTON WILLIAMS has had poems published in national and international journals, and she’s produced three volumes of work. Williams, a retired English teacher, resides in Huntsville, Alabama.