Editor's Note 4/24

To make Paste of Violets, or any kind of Flowers.
Take your Flowers, pick them, and stamp them in an Alablaster morter, then steep them two howres in a sauser of Rose-water, after straine it, and steep a little Gum Dragon in the same water, then beat it to past, print it in your Moulds, and it will be of the very colour and tast of the Flowers, then gild them, and so you may have every Flower in his owne colour, and tast better for the mouth, then any printed colour.
A Book of Fruits and Flowers (London, 1653)

Welcome to our twenty-third and April issue!

This issue has our trademark lively mix of poetry, prose poetry, and visual art, along with an essay by Dr. Jones Irwin, joining us from Ireland as our resident critic, and - continuing our expansion into music - two new music tracks.

We’re also officially releasing the first three books in this year’s chapbook series:

  • The Goose Liver Anthology by Ken Anderson, a reworking of Mother Goose rhymes in the style of the Spoon River Anthology.

  • Scaffold & Mirage by Heikki Huotari, a collection of philosophical, metaphysical, and surreal prose poems.

  • Love Poems on Bar Napkins by returning author Don Illich, a collection of modern sonnets about the Washington, DC nightlife and music scene.

And we’re excited to say that the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association has accepted three of our 2023 chapbooks for this year’s Elgin Awards nominations:

  • A Belief in Cosmic Dailiness by Angela Acosta, a bilingual collection of Futurist poetry about space exploration and colonization in the far future.

  • Unicorn Death Moon Day Planner by Zachary Cahill, a concept book of fantasy art and poetry styled as a day planner from an alternate universe.

  • GRAB by Kendra Preston Leonard, a collection of dark fantasy and horror poetry inspired by folklore and fairytales.

With that, we present poetry by:

Philip Avilov πŸ”ˆ
Jenkin Benson πŸ”ˆ
Noah Berlatsky πŸ”ˆ
Gerburg Garmann πŸ”ˆ
Tamara Heck πŸ”ˆ
Anna Idelevich
Sarah Johnnes
Dionissios Kollias πŸ”ˆ
Isaac Richards πŸ”ˆ
Francesca Tangreti πŸ”ˆ
Jan Wiezorek πŸ”ˆ

Prose poetry by:

Noah Leventhal πŸ”ˆ

Critical analysis by:

Jones Irwin

Songs by:

Zana Messia πŸ”ˆ
Lindsey Wiehl πŸ”ˆ

And visual art by:

Guilherme Bergamini πŸ–ΌοΈ
Kevin Flynn πŸ–ΌοΈ
Eliza Scudder πŸ–ΌοΈ
Dave Sims πŸ–ΌοΈ

All the best and happy reading,

Matthew Bullen
Founder & Editor-in-Chief

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