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Overdue Looks, Part 1

I have been meaning for some time now to draw attention to some very special literary magazines. The first is Eclipse. This is edted by Bart Edelman and published at Glendale Community College in Glendale, California. It is published annually and is quite a treat. I thought the cover of their 2007 edition was riveting. When the journal arrived in my mailbox, I took it out and just stared at the cover a good long while. The cover art is by Jean Jack, and the design by Greg Parks. Susan Cisco designed the interior of the publication. All beautiful work.

Some of the writers and selections I enjoyed most in this issue:

J. R. Solonche, Portrait of the Dickinson Children, Silver
Emily herself would have appreciated Solonche's perceptive translation of her physical being.

Robert Gallagher, Papa Dog
Great use of rhythm.

Jackie Bartley, Time at the Speed of Light: An Apology
Artful writing about love, not something easy to do.

Allison Carb Sussman, At the Roman Colosseum
Her last stanza is a poem …


These photos were taken recently by photographer and artist Robert Greeson in Antarctica. I stopped breathing when I saw them for the first time. They are unaltered--as our earth also needs to be. Enjoy them. Contemplate them. Appreciate them and the world they reveal, the world it is up to us to preserve, honor, and protect.

Images copyright 2008, Robert Greeson, all rights reserved.

Welcome to the New Year

The merry year is born
Like the bright berry from the naked thorn.
--Hartley Coleridge

New Year´s Day is every person´s birthday.
--Charles Lamb

Be at war with your vices,
at peace with your neighbors,
and let each year find you a better person.
--Benjamin Franklin

Photo by Ysabel de la Rosa, copyright 2007.