Ah, April: the first of the month is a celebration (or a suffering) of jokes and japes and slapstick pranks; the rest of the month is full-to-bursting with the optimism of spring. And always, beside such optimism lurks the shadow of restless foreboding, doesn’t it? Herewith we present a sharp little poem that deftly ponders the “metaphysical delirium” that engulfs us all: One Person’s Seriousness Is Another’s Colossal Joke by J. J. Steinfeld.
Greetings people! Currently, we are overwhelmed with submissions–which is a good thing, though it means we are more than a bit swamped. So, Veil: Journal of Darker Musings is now temporarily CLOSED to submissions.
I’ll post a notice when we re-open.
For our March 2017 Poem of the Month we give you Solo Boxing, by Michael Lee Johnson. A tight little poem, but full of action and distractions we’ve all been party to; the poet manages to say so much in so few lines, it’ll make you dizzy, if you let it. Enjoy!
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.
Subsync’s spookalicious poetry journal, Veil: Journal of Darker Musings, is now open to submissions. Please read guidelines before subbing. Ta!
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!
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