Stonehenge/Pacifica

In 2014, self went to see Stonehenge.

She signed up for a small-group tour, the only one allowed on the site towards sunset. All the big tour buses had left. The guide, a retired military officer, led the group across a sheep meadow.

This is unquestionably the best approach. It allows the view to unfold gradually. You are reminded that this was how people, in time immemorial, must have approached the monument: in procession. Self could hardly contain her excitement at her first glimpse of the pillars of stone.

The mystery of the site has stayed with her. The fact that no human habitations were ever built around it. What was it used for?

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From this vantage point, we could clearly see the jagged outline of the stones, just above the rise.

Well before she saw Stonehenge, she’d written about it in a piece called Stonehenge/Pacifica, published in Wigleaf, 2012.

It was a dream I had, some restless night. One of those weeks or months or years when we were worried about money.

But when were we ever not worried?

First there was the mortgage, and then the two.

And then your mother got sick, and your father died.

And my mother I think developed Alzheimer’s, but we never mentioned it.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Crazy Writers Life: Share Your Rejection

When self moved back to her home in Redwood City, a few months ago, she found a treasure trove of files, including one on ‘Nice Rejections.’

Here’s one from The Antioch Review. No idea who ‘RSF’ is, but it is so rare to get back a personal note that self saved it.

The piece was “Devotions.” It was eventually published by Used Furniture Review.

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Limits

via Limits

This poem.

This poem.

Helps.

Stay tuned.

Cost of Paper, vol. 5 (published by 1888 Center, Orange, CA)

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Sadly, both the AWP2019 panel proposals self was included in were rejected. One was a mixed-genre panel, the brainchild of Philadelphia poet Anne-Adele Wight. The other was a Quarterly West panel on experimental fiction.

Nevertheless, self still has much to celebrate. Such as, her story This Is End being in The Cost of Paper, vol. 5 (It’s the last story in the anthology). The anthology’s editor was Julianne Berokoff.

Self just had another story picked up for the Winter 2018 issue of Prairie Schooner, due out this December. And the two stories couldn’t be more different: the one in The Cost of Paper is space fantasy, the Prairie Schooner story is straight-up realism.

This Is End is the third story in a cycle about a boy named Dragon, a missing girl named Her, a teacher named Fire Lizard, a bully named Big, the bully’s friend Drinker, and a new student named Knot.

Dragon saw Big knock Her out cold (in the middle of a class, why). Her never came back to class, but sometimes Dragon thinks he sees her waving to him from a window of an abandoned space station called the Kobayashi Maru. Ever since then, he’s been itching for revenge.

Big doesn’t show up to class one day, Knot asks Dragon:

“Is it true? Tumor he had?”

We spot-check each other for tumors. We’re so afraid of it.

“Ecchymosis?” Knot persists.

Here’s a link to 1888 Center’s Bookstore.

Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

Poetry Wednesday: C. P. Cavafy

An excerpt from Second Odyssey (translated from the Greek by George Economou)

Telemachos’s affection, Penelope’s
fidelity, his father’s longevity,
his band of old friends, his people’s
loyal devotion, the blissful repose of home
poured like rays of joy into the seafarer’s heart.

And just like rays, dissolved.

A thirst
awoke inside him for the sea.

This translation of C. P. Cavafy was published in the Fall 2015 issue of The Iowa Review.

Stay tuned.

Please Read: THE COST OF PAPER

Volume 5 of 1888 Center’s annual anthology series, The Cost of Paper, launched a few months ago.

The reason for the title is — the 1888 Center charges only the cost of what you hold in your hand: $4.95.

Please read, share, spread the news. List of authors:

  • Marianne Villanueva: This Is End
  • Samuel Parker Smith: A Guide to First-Time Traveling
  • Javier Ulloa: The Trials and Trails of Slimi the Trail
  • Matthew Serback: The March and the Ides of the Penguins
  • Cassandra Passarelli: Cane Stalks
  • Daniel Uncapher: Moral Conviction
  • Ruth Nolan: Memorial Burn
  • Shaun Turner: Something Special
  • Elena Dypiangco: One Reason to Drop Out
  • Lucas Ege Mautner: Letter to the Editor
  • Dustin Davenport: Night Time
  • Samuel Cole: Linger In What We Do
  • Elline Lipkin: Poems
  • William Francis Deverell: Driftwood
  • Shay Azoulay: The Bard of Hastings
  • Steven Wojtowicz: The Sign
  • Amy Sara Lim: Imagination
  • Dimple Shah: Manic Monday
  • Dean Moses: A Cobweb of Sins
  • Arianna Basco: The Torch
  • Brian May: The Red Glove
  • Jian Huang: Dream House
  • Faisal Khan: Third Bird’s Laments
  • Susie Griffith: Commuter Train
  • Douglas Cowie: Weaver’s Sundries
  • Daniel Cameides: Tobacco and Dead Things
  • Aaron Weddle: A Bitter Reunion
  • Chelsea Sutton: And She Kept Walking

There’s a lot of stories. Going to have to post in stages. Stay tuned.

Sun Struck, No Mind: 2nd Tuesday of June 2018

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River Styx, Special Double Issue: “A Readable Feast” (2008)

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Francisco Arcellana was born 6 September 1916 in Santa Cruz, Manila, the fourth of 18 children. A graduate of the University of the Philippines, he went on to become a 1956-57 Rockefeller Foundation Creative Writing Fellow and attended the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Call for Submissions: Michigan Quarterly Review Special Issue on Iran

The issue to be guest-edited by Kathryn Babyan, Associate Professor of Iranian History and Culture at the University of Michigan, “seeks to present a collective of voices and reflections born in the shadow of revolution. We especially encourage translations from Persian, Kurdish, Armenian, and Azeri languages spoken in Iran.”

Here’s the link to the journal’s submissions page. Work will be accepted through 30 June 2018.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

#amreading: THE MISSOURI REVIEW, Spring 2012

OMG self hangs on to these literary magazines forever!

This issue of The Missouri Review has a theme: FAMILY.

Speer Morgan expounds in his Foreword:

When one sets about doing harm, the people most likely to be hurt are the ones across the table, if only by reason of proximity. Look up quotes on the word ‘family’ and much of what comes up is either sarcastic or humorous. Hamlet’s stepfather says to him, “My cousin Hamlet, and my son,” and the young prince responds, “A little more than kin, and less than kind,” with both “kin” and “kind” carrying multiple levels of dark irony. This is the norm even when your stepfather/uncle didn’t murder your father and marry your mother. Bring up the issue of relatives, and mockery soon follows. “I had no blood relatives until I made some,” says comedian Andy Dick.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Missouri Review Miller Audio Prize Winners 2018

Self joined this contest with her friend Morgan Cooke, the inaugural year of the prize, in 2014. The story we did was “Spores.” We did not win, but self has always kept tabs on the contest winners.

2018 contest winners have just been announced.

Here’s the link to the Contest homepage.

You can listen to past winners via the link.

Who knows, maybe one day self will feel bold enough to try again.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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