photo by paul schulenburg


Poetry Editor Note


I enjoyed working with Jiri Cech, our guest poetry editor. In one correspondence he mentioned wanting to blur the lines. He might have been talking about blurring the lines between song and poem, between light verse and heavier, between poetics and prose. Or he might have been referring to some other blur. I’m not sure now. And maybe that’s why there is no official theme to this issue.

There are lots of wonderful poets in this issue. And this is April,which is National Poetry Month. So let’s celebrate the poets and the poems.

I want to thank Val for the fiction selections. And a big thanks to the artist for this issue, Paul Schulenburg. These are just some of his amazing paintings. The photograph at the top of this page is of his dog, Sienna, romping by Paul's place in Maine.

A late addition to this issue is a poem by the poet, Laurel Dodge. Her poem won first place in the InterBoard Poetry Competition. It is an incredible bit of work from an incredible poet. Check it out.

The next issue of The Melic Review should be out sometime in August. Walter Bargen has agreed to serve as the guest poetry editor. CE will spearhead the issue after that.

Let the writers know if you enjoy their work!

I am proud of this issue and excited about the next one.


Jim Zola
Poetry Editor