Melic XVIII's Guest Editor
It is my pleasure
to introduce Sherry Saye as Guest Editor for Melic XVIII. I
have purposely not read her selections and will not until the issue
is released. I want to enjoy the magazine like any reader, free of
the encumbrances of critical thought which editorship imposes.
I've known Sherry
for years and have published her but never met her. After she assisted
in selecting poetry for Melic XVII I was so impressed I invited
her to fly solo. Serendipitously, both her poetry and that of her
Assistant Editor for this issue, Sharon Kourous, can be seen in the
current issue of Terrain, whose
editor, Simmons Buntin, also landed two poems in Melic XVIII.
I assure you we do not practice reciprocity, but it is a nice coincidence.
Since I've thought
of Sherry as mainly a nature poet, her avowed love of the surreal
in her editor's message comes as a bit of a surprise. But I like surprises.
Val Cihylik, Fiction Editor, has written a separate introduction for
our prose offerings.
And now I turn
you over to Sherry and Val and the authors they preferred.
Melic XVIII: Found Objects
beauty will be veiled-erotic, fixed-explosive, magic-circumstantial,
or it will not be." -A. Breton
and his friend, Giacometti, once eagerly strolled through a flea market
in 1934 in search of "little human constructions" possessing the sense
of the marvelous, "found objects" charged with associative and interpretive
qualities and which answered analogous necessities. I have attempted
such engagement with this issue.
Look what I've
brought home! Special thanks to Diane Wakoski for sending her gorgeous
new treasure of a poem. There's also a piece from my friend Rick Carnes,
a poem full of language and exposition. Dr. Gilgun has moved remembrances
from my old St. Jo college days with a couple of his powerfully honest
poems. I've plucked some work from the poets who participate at Melic's
forum, the Round Table; and I've collected several pieces from poets
who have kindly submitted during the reading period.
The visual on
the cover is "Creation of the Birds," by Remedios Varo, 1958. I find
it beautifully horrible and surreally appropriate to the creation
of our poems and stories, and it echoes Diane's close, "I Remain Yr
Lady of the Surrealist Café."
Thanks to everyone
who has helped me with my first fumbling at Guest Editor: my patient
writers; Assistant Editor for Poetry, Sharon Kourous (who will edit
Melic XIX); Proofreader, Kathleen Chaffin; Fiction Editor,
Valerie Cihylik for her calm and devoted involvement; and C.E. Chaffin
for his compassionate hand-holding. From all of this soul bargaining,
here it is, fellow wanderers and creators in the heart of the marketplace
of words, Melic XVIII.