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Dear Reader,


There are many opportunities for regret when you run a literary journal, many moments you can point to as lapses in editorial judgement. I was recently reading through the reviews left for Volume 4 on Amazon, and was delighted to see things like “A hot bed of excellent writers, future thinkers, philosophers, and dreamers.” Oh, thank you so much! Very pleased with my writers as well!  But then I saw “The only hitch in this collection is the editor’s affection for quirk, which seems to take the place of good story telling in some entries.” 


Oh, hold the phone. Quirk? QUIRK!


Apparently, one or two of my selections in Volume 4 failed the dignity test with one of my readers. Was it the story about David Bowie and space aliens? Surely not the one where the wallpaper comes alive and goes on a murder spree? 


Quirky. Come, come, now. 


Everyone has their criteria. I happen to like people and stories that are whimsical, surreal, odd, atmospheric, and…interesting. The title of Volume 5, “Wild Mercury,” relates to this. I have involved conversations about Bob Dylan with my associate editor, when we’re not thumb-wrestling over font size, and he happened to mention that Bob Dylan called the sound for Blonde on Blonde “that thin, wild mercury sound.” Hmm. Wild Mercury. And that was that. So Volume 5 tips our hats to one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, a brilliant storyteller, prolific creative force, and certainly, by any measure, a quirky fellow. 


“Wild Mercury” is graced with the art of Mary Heebner, a meticulous, passionate artist who makes wondrous paintings. You may find her contributions on the cover as well as in the word-image pieces in the section dividers. Sonya Heller, our guest editress of song, has given us well-crafted words in “Works of Art.” Our poetry section is curated by guest editor Shelly Lowenkopf, a writer, teacher, and editor of some renown. As always, I wish to thank with lavish affection all of the volunteers, contributors, friends, and family who gave their time, support, art, and words to make this volume possible.  

Best,
Silver Webb
Editrix

Volume 5

Wild Mercury

August 2020

Le Menu 

 

Fiction

Reeled In by M. Talley    
 

Happy Camping by William Conelly    
 

A Street Without Secrets by Terry Sanville    
 

The Mayor of Flashback by M. M. De Voe    
 

Riding Rockets: The Inward Road by Ciro Coelho    
 

My Heart by Sharon MaHarry  

 
The Man In The Chicken Suit by Shelly Lowenkopf

 

Solipsicity by M. K. Knight    
 

The Man in White by Georgine Getty    
 

To Heal the World by Laezer Schlomkowitz

Poems

Of a Verbal Silence * To You, Who Saw Fjords and Coral

by Millicent Borges Accardi   
  
Spring Song * Thelonius * The War * Believe Me

by Aram Saroyan    

Elegy to Cold Springs Canyon * Die Elbe

by Gudrun Bortman     
   
Hoodwinked by Emma Trelles    


Better than Expected Holiday * ArtMan

by Raven Wylde
     
DNA * The Way * Prophesy * South of Laramie

by Doug Anderson    

 
Ode to the Schorren * Evening * Couple on East Beach

by Laure-Anne Bosselaar    

A Doctor Watching Sunset with His 87-year-old Patient in Wuhan * 87-year-old Wuhan Patient Saying Goodbye to His Doctors by Wang Ping
 

Lyrics

Lead Us To Water * Underneath

by Michael Debenham    

Don’t F*** with Me, Argentina * Elusive Angels

by Bill White
  
Winter Trees on Riverside by Mary Edwards    

 

Sleep Won’t Come by Sonya Heller    
 

The Song of the Lil’ Seeker by Elle Kokkonen
 

Bench by the Sea by Tammy Jann    

‘Cause of You * Don’t Give up on Me

by Vicki Genfan  

 

The Artful Dodger: An Interview of John R. Reed

by Stephen T. Vessels 
 

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