Thank you, one and all, for your submissions! We will open to submissions again in January of 2017. Veil: Journal of Darker Musings (issue No. 14) is slated to be born in late October, around Halloween–how appropriate!
Just as our warm summer days cool into autumn, so do warm relationships sometimes cool into longing for what once was. What better way to examine this than with a thoughtful, poignant poem, like the one we offer for September 2016’s Poem of the Month: Anonymous and Cool, by Holly Day.
One of the more satisfying aspects of poetry is how an apt poet can present the most mundane—or horrifying—observation and use it to lead the reader into an unexpected, and sometimes poignantly dissolute, interior space. Our August Poem of the Month is one such piece: Devour, by Jan Karlsson.
July is a good time for some fireworks—emotional fireworks, included. A bright beautiful flash, you catch your breath, and it’s gone. This month we present a crisp little poem concerned with love and the unbidden spark of self-awareness: Endless Love by Sabahudin Hadžialić. Check it out.
What better way to hail the start of our summer season than with a poem commemorating the gift of fire to humankind—such a boon, but at such a cost. So for our June 2016 Poem of the Month, we give you Fire Thief by Gregg Dotoli, a poem tasty in its succinctness, and satisfyingly forthright in its meaning. Just the way we like ’em.
A month of celebrations and observances, May is. May Day, May the Fourth (be with you), Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, My Brother’s Birthday, Memorial Day–just to name a few. Who knew there were so many? Speaking of observances, our May 2016 Poem of the Month is a succinct work of sharp observations, artfully told: Tequila by Michael Lee Johnson.
April is the cruelest month (ta, Eliot), perhaps that’s why we start it off with a Fool’s Day. Rather than posting a poem for a laugh, we’ve chosen a piece that, though a bit light-hearted, is a serious treatment of a poet’s way with words. It’s delightful and true and expertly rendered. For your amusement and enlightenment, please enjoy our 2016 April Poem of the Month, Junkyard Wizard by Lenny DellaRocca.