I forget how it is.
I watch the smoke mount
In great strides above the city.
I belong to no one.
Then I remember my shoes,
How I have to put them on,
How bending over to tie them up
I will look into the earth."
Winter is upon us. The clock ticks on its shelf; a few sallow leaves
scrape the window screen. The sky is white and black by turns. Snow
falls from it, somewhere. Here, just me and an abridged Charles Simic
and a wet deer cropping between the heavy firs. The deer's eyes are
Winter is upon
us with his cork boots and huntsman's grip. He has come to tell us
that everything green is his -- at least for a time. And while he
knocks about the twilight land, we wrap ourselves in old blankets
and register that ticking clock. We notice the iron in our hair, the
dark veins spreading below our knuckles. We are afforded the opportunity
of somber introspection. To contemplate the words of messengers such
as Charles Simic and those to be found in this issue of The Melic
Winter is upon
us, man and beast. Melic XV is the winter issue and like a winter
skyline presents its own stark pleasures. Herein you will encounter
the musings and observations of Jack Martin, Suzanne Frischkorn, Joy
H. Mann, Val Cihylik and others. These writers turn the lens of inquiry
upon human events with clarity and incisiveness unmatched by the ubiquitous
television news broadcasts. To them I leave the floor that I might
watch the black-eyed deer a while longer.
Many thanks to
C.E. Chaffin for his continued faith and assistance; Kathleen Carbone
Chaffin for her keen editorial eye, and Mark Melton for getting the
issue off the ground and online.
Best wishes to
our readers. May this winter be kind to you
Laird Barron, Managing Editor
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authors are too numerous to list, but include Alison Croggan, Sharon
Kourous, Teresa White, Scott Murphy, Larry Fontenot, Claudia Grinnell,
Ted Burford, Kathleen Carbone, Michael Largo, Murray Moulding, Lucile
Blanchard, Rachel Dacus, Scott Murphy, Laird Barron, W.F. Adams, C.J.
Sage, Ric Masten, Shari Diane Willadson, Steve Harris, Jeffrey Bahr,
Arlene Ang, Simmons Buntin, Suzanne Frischkorn, Mary Ann Hazen-Stearns,
Ward Kelley, Deanna Madsen Fogel, Kathyrn Rantala, Walt Phillips,
R.L. Swihart, Denver Perkins, Jim Zola, and many others, as well as
the complete Logopoetry essays by the editor.
to Laird Barron, Val Cihylik, Kathleen Chaffin and Mark Melton for
Thine in Truth and Art,
E. Chaffin, Editor