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Poetry Editor's Note

Jim Zola

         Deja Vu Or Something Like It -- by Scott Odom


First of all, let me say that this issue (or my part of it) is dedicated to my incredible wife, Trish. Truth is, all of the work I have done for Melic is dedicated to her. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her. She has put up with, for the past few years, countless hours of late night mysteries. Wondering what I was really doing in that other room at 3:00 am in font of the computer screen. What I was really doing was cutting and pasting and staring at code and rubbing my eyes and wondering what I was doing. What I won’t miss about this "job" is the webmaster work that I backed into (because I happened to know a little while others knew nothing). What I will miss is the thrill of finding a good poem, the shared thrill of notifying a poet that their work has been selected, and the final thrill of seeing it all come together in a finished issue.

I’m not good at saying good-byes. I’ve been to very few funerals in my life. When I leave a party, I usually just sneak out the door.

I’m not good at finishing things. Poems, projects. I’ve painted just about every room in my house, but no ceilings.

Recently I was sick and in bed for about a week. I started pulling old books off the shelf in search of something to read. One I pulled was Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five. I’m usually reluctant to re-read books that were truly significant in my youth. My fear is that they won't stand the tests of time. But this one did. The novel is full of death. After each mention of death, the narrator says – "so it goes". I recommend that everyone read this book again.

This issue, the final issue of The Melic Review, is full of death. But it is not full of weeping. There is humor and joy and insight. My years at Melic have been good ones. I am proud of the issues I have had a hand in. I’ve had the pleasure of coming in contact with many fine poets. And I hope have been able to enlighten and entertain some readers.

This is the last issue …but hopefully The Melic Review will live on forever.

So it goes.