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
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!
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.
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.
Just in time for Halloween, here ’tis:
Chock full of disturbingly thoughtful and spooky poems by outstanding poets. Enjoy! Please visit our Current & Back Issues of Veil page for ordering information.
With October comes not just a change in seasons, but a change in how we look at the world around us. The shadows seem a bit deeper, people a bit more odd, the mysteries of life a bit more curious, if we are at all aware. This month we highlight a tight little thought-provoking poem which examines this peculiar world. For October 2016’s Poem of the Month, we give you The Walk by Denny E. Marshall.