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
Here are your contributors:
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.