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LUMMOX 7

Poetry Anthology #7 and Contest

In this issue... First off, I owe a debt of thanks (and a wealth of swag) to the Patrons, without whom it would be very difficult to commit to the 5 months that this project requires! They are   Anonymous, Linda Albertano, Thomas Brod PHD, Georgia Cox, William Craychee, Sue Crisp, John Davis, Liz Jackson, Frank Kearns, Hiram Larew, Lyn Lifshin, Heather Lowe,  Steve & Michael Meloan, and Micheal West.

Next, CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the first Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Prize: Jeffrey Alifier – FIRST place, Mike Mahoney – SECOND place and Vachine – THIRD place! They all receive a cash prize, plus some cool swag (isn’t being associated with Lummox Press enough?)…

In the beginning, I was worried that there might not be enough content (something I do every year), so I began adding “extras”. But in the end, the old lummox cup is not only overflowing, it’s running hot with excellent poetry (as usual); kudos to all the poets who contributed to this issue! Also included is the ever-expanding micro or flash fiction section with 7 stories by Seven Dhar, Roseanna Frechette, Ken Greenley, Tom Laiches, Felize Zoota-Lucero, Michael Meloan and Lucile Shulklapper. I think the interviews are interesting this time around… my interview with poet, professor, gay historian and rights advocate, Clifton Snider and George Anderson’s interview with Nor-Cal poet, bon-vivant and gad-about-town, Bill Gainer. Both cover a wide range of human experience, and I’m happy to be able to include them! There are several essays on plagiarism, one by the esteemed G. Murray Thomas and one I pulled out of the vault (from the old Lummox Journal – 2005), which is still timely. Norman J. Olson muses on poetry, while Christopher Robin mourns the passage of his good friend, Joe Pachinko. Finally Jay Jones (no relation) writes about Australian poet and artist Billy Jones‘s penchant for illustrating letters with some pretty amazing Outsider drawings. I had the privilege of publishing Billy’s last book, complete with drawings and poesy. Rounding it out are some reviews representing the English speaking world: Australia’s George Anderson (The Mysterious Book of Old Man Poems), England’s Christopher Barnes (The Predicament, and The Non-Herein); Canada’s Katherine Gordon (Life and Death in the Forest of Angels); and America’s Nancy Shiffrin (Canticle of a Bored Hausfrau); Judith Skillman (Orphaned Words) and Stirling Davenport (Tracking the Rabbit). I must applaud the artists who have graced this issue, beginning with the great cover photo by Canadian poet and photobug, Richard M. Grove. Also kudos go out to Steve Dalachinsky, Alexis Fancher, Debbie Okun Hill, Charles and Pam Plymell, Steven Meloan, Jennifer Roskos, Clifton Snider, T. K. Splake, Lynn Tait,

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Mike Adams, Roy Adams, Jeff Alfier, Tobi Alfier, George Anderson, RD Armstrong, Chris Barnes, Belinda Berry, Genevieve Betts, Chris Bodor, Brenton Booth, Debbi Brody, Lynne Bronstein, Dereck Brown, Dr. Patricia Brown, April Bulmer, Wayne Burke, Helmut Calabrese, Don Campbell, Pris Campbell, Francine Caron, Alan Catlin, Chuka Susan Chesney, Jackie Chou, Jonathan Church, Wanda Clevenger, Sharyl Collin, Patrick Connors, Gaiyle J. Connolly, Kit Courter, Henry Crawford, Bill Craychee, Sue Crisp, Steve Dalachinsky, Lucia O. Damacela, Sterling Davenport, James Deahl, Seven Dhar, John Dorsey, Jennifer Dunlop, Alicia Viguer-Espert, Mark Evans, Alexis R. Fancher, Joe Farley, Kate Flaherty, Jennifer Foster, Roseanna Frechette, Bill Gainer, William Galasso, Martina Gallegos, John Gardiner, Katherine Gordon, Jonathan Greenhause, Kenneth Greenley, Vijali Hamilton, Charles Harmon, Clarinda Harriss, Debbie Okun Hill, Gil Hagen Hill, Eryn Hiscock, Lori Holloway, Keith Inman, I. B. Iskov, Gary Jacobelly, Ellen Jaffe, Paulette Johnston, Jay Jones, Frank Kearns, lalo kikiriki, Linda King, Diane Klammer, Ronald Koertge, Raundi Kondo, Maureen Korp, Andrew Lafleche, Tom Laichas, Michou Landon, Donna Langevan, Gayle Lauradunn, Kyle Laws, Marie Lecrivain, John B. Lee, Linda Lerner, Bernice Lever, Lyn Lifshin, Norma Linder, Jane Lipman, Ellaraine Lockie, Ron Lucas, Cynthia Lukas, Radomir Luza, Argos MacCallum, John Macker, Mike Mahoney, Jesus Maya, Mori McCrae, Michael Meloan, Steven Meloan, Mary McGinnis, Basia Miller, Joe Milosch, Tony Moffeit, Deborah Morrison, Laura Munoz, Evan Myquest, Linda Neal, Ben Newell, normal, Norman Olson, Scott Thomas Outlar, Lorine Parks, Jeannine Pitas, Charles Plymell, Pam Plymell, D. A. Pratt, C.J. Prince, Kevin Ridgeway, Christopher Robin, Judith Robinson, Dave Roskos, Jennifer Dunford-Roskos, Georgia Santa Maria, Patti Scruggs, Michael Seeger, Eric Shaffer, Nancy Shiffrin, Lucille Shulklapper, Linda Singer, Judith Skillman, Jerry Smaldone, Rick Smith, Clifton Snider, Donna Snyder, T. K. Splake, Jeanine Stevens, Cynthia Stewart, Carl Stilwell, Phil Taggert, Lynn Tait, H. L Thomas, Murray Thomas, Tim Tipton, Anna Totta, Wyatt Underwood, Ed Valfre, Rolland Vasin, Grace Vermeer, Richard Vidan, Linda Whittenberg, Pamela Williams, Scott Wozniak, Chris Yeseta and Felice Zoota-Lucero.

 

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A Tree on the Rift

rift hi-rezSince the beginning of time, man has been engaged in a struggle between good/right and evil/wrong.  Sometimes we are victorious over our passions and other times we succumb to temptation. Regardless of the outcome, these forces rage on in an inextricable struggle in all of us.  It is impossible to quarantine, excise, dissect or suppress our base desires from our lofty aspirations.  There is no escape, but there is survival. Bruce Colbert’s A TREE ON THE RIFT tells thirteen different stories in thirteen different locations in the world where people are forced to face their passions, their weaknesses and all to often their immoral, self-centered behavior.  These thirteen experiences strike something very visceral in our core.   One cannot help being drawn into Colbert’s world. While writers all too often become exhibitionists to their voyeuristic readers as seen in the Bible, The Decameron and The Canterbury Tales, Colbert’s stories allows us to peer through our neighbor’s windows, look in their secret drawers and learn what really goes on in their lives.  After all, don’t we really want to do is see what others do when no one is watching?  Do we do the same thing? — Louis M. Boxer, M.D.

Bruce Colbert’s A Tree on the Rift, a collection of thirteen short stories, is like a series of snapshots of place and time. Each story has a different location, a different city, and different characters. Several times the protagonist is a Vietnam vet, usually, but not always living at a later time. The protagonists, although with an underlying resemblance, are not duplicative, each is his own character. Some of the stories take place in Vietnam. Cairo, Bangkok, Chicago, Sao Paolo, Budapest, Nairobi; the locations span the world. Colbert’s evocation of place is reminiscent of  Lawrence Durrell. The collection’s beginning story, City of the Dead, which takes place in Cairo, stirs memories of The Alexandria Quartet. The story is romantic, suspenseful, and frightening.  — Casey Dorman, author of “I, Carlos,” and Editor of Lost Coast Review

“Bruce Colbert transports us clear around the globe, from Cairo to Budapest to Nairobi, and excites our international palettes with well-crafted recipes for intrigue and suspense. In his 13-story collection, “A Tree on the Rift,” Colbert’s intercontinental story-telling might appeal to decidedly male readers who have a yen for exotic women, gripping action and dangerous liaisons.  Colbert seems to tap a bottomless reservoir of knowledge of his venues, as diverse as Chicago and Vietnam, coupled with exquisite insight into human behavior.  This is a must-read!” — Bob Lundin, playwright 

Mr. Colbert is available for interviews, readings and book signings. Please contact Lummox Press for more information.

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A Tree on the Rift by Bruce Colbert
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