LCRW is an occasional outburst of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and chocolate. Since here in spring 2018 publishing still seems to exists, LCRW 37 has been published. Release the kraken! Fire off the rockets! Sit on a comfy chair! Read it on the bus! Put the kettle on, love.
Here: Two Poems.
There: Three Poems of the Abyss.
New fiction from Maria Romasco Moore, Leslie Wilber, Howard Waldrop, Izzy Wasserstein, and James Sallis — who returns to LCRW for the first time since LCRW #14. Nicole Kimberling's column "Sweet, Sweet Side Dish" might be about what you're thinking of, if you're thinking of eggplant. Those two, three, three — and then one more — poems are from Holly Day, Juan Martinez, Catherine Rockwood, and Michael Werner.
"Dying Light" by Maria Romasco Moore is on the 2018 Locus Recommended Reading List
"Quite a work, and not like anything I’ve recently read." — Rich Horton, Locus
Karen Burnham in Locus on Maria Romasco Moore's "Dying Light" and 2 other stories: "As always with the best of speculative fiction, it is the the newest blend of the oldest ingredients that can move us most deeply."
"Read it slowly and savor the language." — SF Revu
"My very favorite story this year may have been another story from a veteran of both SF and Mystery: 'Dayenu', by James Sallis, from Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. It’s an exceedingly odd and unsettling story, beautifully written, about a veteran of a war and his rehab – from injuries? Or something else done to him? And then about a journey, and his former partners. . . . The story itself a journey somewhere never unexpected.” — Rich Horton, Locus
Table of Contents
Maria Romasco Moore, "Dying Light"
Leslie Wilber, "Time Served"
Howard Waldrop, "Till the Cows Come Home to Roost"
Izzy Wasserstein, "Their Eyes Like Dead Lamps"
James Sallis, "Dayenu"
Nicole Kimberling, "Sweet, Sweet Side Dish "
Holly Day, Two Poems
Juan Martinez, Three Poems of the Abyss
Catherine Rockwood, Three Poems
Michael Werner, "The Opossum"
From Three Abyss Poems by Juan Martinez:
The abyss never dreams.
He called late last night
to let you know: He forgot
to throw you a farewell party in this dream he did not have. . . .
Excerpted from "Time Served" by Leslie Wilber:
The first time Annie Savage stole anything, she was eight and living in a group home. She shared a bedroom with two other girls, improbably named Annie too. Maybe you wouldn’t be surprised to learn three young orphans named Annie became obsessed with the musical by the same name. The Annies stuck together, and were a perfect gang. Annie Z was a hulk of a girl, bigger than the other kids by a head and a large sack of flour. When one of the Annies absolutely needed something from any dust-up, Annie Z took it. Annie H’s family was from Mexico, so she was actually called Ana before taking up with the other Annies. She was the prettiest and best-mannered, the type of kid adults trusted, because she brushed her teeth without reminder, won spelling bees and helped with the dishes. Annie H smoothed out trouble the girls had with anyone so big and authoritative that Annie Z couldn’t handle them. My Auntie A was Annie S by this naming convention. She had a knack for being clever, sneaky and invisible. She was their mastermind and a thief. Stealing things started out of a perceived necessity. The Annies believed if one of them was cute enough and charming enough, she’d be adopted by a bazillionaire—as in the musical—and convince him to save the others as well. Annie H was their best bet. The girls began tireless efforts to dress her in the most adorable fashion. . . .
Excerpted from "Their Eyes Like Dead Lamps" by Izzy Wasserstein:
I saw the car coming from a long way off, first as a line of dust up along the ridge, then bending its way forward, disappearing and reappearing behind the hills. A black sedan, gleaming in the late afternoon sun, the kind of car only city people owned, all but useless in the winter. Most people along the banks of the Marais des Cygnes River had trucks, and the cars you saw were old and rusted and not bothered about the dirt that caked their sides. This car had the look of people who bothered. . . .
About these Authors
Holly Day has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 2000. Her poetry has recently appeared in Tampa Review, SLAB, and Gargoyle, and her books include Walking Twin Cities, Music Theory for Dummies, and Ugly Girl.
Juan Martinez lives in Chicago where he is an assistant professor at Northwestern University. His work has been collected in Best Worst American and has appeared in Glimmer Train, McSweeney’s, Huizache, Ecotone, Mississippi Review, NPR’s Selected Shorts, and elsewhere and is forthcoming in the anthology Who Will Speak for America? Visit and say hi at fulmerford.com.
Maria Romasco Moore’s stories have appeared in Unstuck, Interfictions, and Lightspeed’s Women Destroy Science Fiction. Her flash fiction collection, Ghostographs, is forthcoming from Rose Metal Press. She is an alumni of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop and holds an MFA in Fiction from Southern Illinois University.
Catherine Rockwood is an early-modernist and lapsed (alas) martial artist. She lives near Boston with her family. Poems in concis, the Fem, The Rise Up Review, Liminality, and elsewhere. Reviews and essays in Strange Horizons, Rain Taxi, and Tin House.
Best known for the Lew Griffin series and Drive, Jim Sallis has published 17 novels, multiple collections of stories and essays, four collections of poetry, a landmark biography of Chester Himes, and a translation of Raymond Queneau’s novel Saint Glinglin. He’s received a lifetime achievement award from Bouchercon, the Hammett award for literary excellence in crime writing, and the Grand Prix de Littérature policière.
Nicole Kimberling lives in Bellingham, Washington, with her wife, Dawn Kimberling. She is a professional cook and amateur life coach. Her first novel, Turnskin, won the Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. She is also the author of the Bellingham Mystery Series.
Howard Waldrop, born in Mississippi and now living in Austin, Texas, is an American iconoclast. His highly original books include Them Bones and A Dozen Tough Jobs, and the collections Howard Who?, All About Strange Monsters of the Recent Past, Night of the Cooters, Other Worlds, Better Lives, Things Will Never Be the Same, and Horse of a Different Color. He won the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards for his novelette “The Ugly Chickens.”
Izzy Wasserstein teaches writing and literature at a midwestern university, and writes poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming from Pseudopod, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review and elsewhere. She shares a home with her spouse and their animal companions. She’s a graduate of Clarion West and likes to slowly run long distances.
Michael Werner’s work has been recognized with a Troubadour International Poetry Prize and an American Academy of Poets honorary prize. He has taught history, Latin American studies, and human rights at Moravian College, Iowa State University, and Laney College, among others. He was editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society, and Culture, which Choice named one of the academic books of the year. He presently lives in Jerusalem.
Leslie Wilber is a former newspaper reporter and current bicycle mechanic. She tinkers with words and bikes in Denver.
All That and All That and All That
Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet is texty. This is issue number 37, Spring (Northern Hemisphere), 2018. ISSN 1544-7782. Ebook ISBN: 9781618731470. Text: Bodoni Book. Titles: Imprint MT Shadow.
Prime quotes from Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
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Contents © 2018 the authors. Cover photo © 2018 by Dawn Kimberling. All rights reserved. Thank you, skilled authors and artists. Raise a glass of your favorite beverage with us as we celebrate Jeffrey Ford’s A Natural History of Hell winning a World Fantasy Award. And, a glass raised to the memory of Ursula K. Le Guin. And a glass and these walking shoes to every march there is against guns and fascism.
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