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Lonely Love-Struck Words

What is poetry if not a release valve for the pressure of our inner-most passions? Emotions wrought in ornate language and images, for the sole purpose of simultaneously revealing and concealing our true selves. Here’s a doily-framed valentine for you, dear readers: The Angel in Flight, by Nina Clarence. Kisses all round.

Veil is Now Open to Submissions

Subsync’s spookalicious poetry journal, Veil: Journal of Darker Musings, is now open to submissions. Please read guidelines before subbing. Ta!

With Lamb and Honey and Almonds

What better time to reflect on what was and what might be, who we were and are, than on the first of January? Remember, friends: the Past is a feast, and we should gleefully indulge on landmark days, like today. Thus we present Looking Back, by BZ Niditch, a lovely poem full of details and references that will comfort us all, in one way or another. Happy New Year!

The Final Issue of The Laughing Dog is Here ~ Just in Time for the Holidays!

This is issue number 25, the last The Laughing Dog. Please click here for the list of contributors and ordering information.

Warren Andrle and I started Subsynchronous Press in 2000, in Tucson, Arizona. Full of ambition, we created The Laughing Dog, intending to publish 3 issues a year. We then pared it down to 2 issues a year, and finally settled on a more manageable 1 issue a year. That’s how we published 25 journals in 16 years, in case you were wondering.

We attracted contributors from all across these United States (literally from coast to coast, and border to border), and from all over the world. Argentina, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Switzerland, and Wales. Plus, our publications are housed in several university libraries. We’ve published a Pulitzer Prize winner and many academic poets; we’ve published street poets and kids just out of school—and lots of poets in between. We took what we considered to be the best works, regardless of the writer’s track record. It was the poem that mattered.

While The Laughing Dog is done, we will still maintain our online presence here, posting a selected Poem of the Month at the beginning of each month. Also, The Dog‘s sister publication, Veil: Journal of Darker Musings will be published for at least another year or two.

The Dog’s had a good run; better and longer than we ever expected. And that’s cause for celebration!

Thank you, one and all. And Happy Holidays!

— Hillary Lyon, editor

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A Slink of Slim Beam

As this tumultuous year comes to a close, we present a poetic tonic in the form of Tom Pescatore’s poem, From where? Cool and beautiful, the work leads the reader from almost threatening, chaotic darkness into a delicate slice of optimistic light. Enjoy our December 2016 Poem of the Month, and happy holidays, to one and all!

The Final Issue of The Laughing Dog

Is now closed to submissions. Thank you, one and all, for your submissions, not just for this round, but all through the years. It’s been wonderful. The final issue (no.25) will be born sometime in late December of 2016.

Let the Dicey Heavens Win

Poetry needn’t always be florid and full of curlicues; sometimes, it’s better to be concise and unencumbered. November’s Poem of the Month is just such a piece—a pithy guide to living close to the bone: How to Live with What You Have, by Marjorie Sadin.