Able Muse, Winter 2020/21 (No. 28 - print edition): a review of poetry, prose & art

Able Muse, Winter 2020/21 (No. 28 - print edition): a review of poetry, prose & art

Able Muse, Winter 2020/21 (No. 28 - print edition): a review of poetry, prose & art

Able Muse, Winter 2020/21 (No. 28 - print edition): a review of poetry, prose & art

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This is the annual Able Muse Review (Print Edition) - Winter 2020/2021 issue, Number 28. This issue continues the tradition of masterfully crafted poetry, fiction, essays, art & photography, and book reviews that have become synonymous with the Able Muse-online and in print. After more than a decade of online publishing excellence, Able Muse print edition maintains the superlative standard of the work presented all these years in the online edition, and, the Able Muse Anthology (Able Muse Press, 2010).

Includes the winning stories and poems from the 2020 Able Muse contest (Able Muse Write Prize) winners and finalists.

". . . [ ABLE MUSE ] fills an important gap in understanding what is really happening in early twenty-first century American poetry."-Dana Gioia.

"Able Muse is refreshing to read for its selection of poetry that adheres to form . . . a quality magazine offering the reader informed and unexpected views on life."-NewPages.


WITH THE 2020 ABLE MUSE WRITE PRIZE FOR POETRY & FICTION - Includes the winning story and poems from the contest winners and finalists

EDITORIAL - Alexander Pepple

FEATURED ART - An Exotic Theme

INTERNATIONAL FICTION SPECIAL FEATURE - L.M. Brown, John McLennon, Nageen Rather, Guadalupe Sexto, Treena Thibodeau

ESSAYS - N.S. Thompson, Christopher Rivas

BOOK REVIEWS - Travis Biddick, Luke Hathaway, Matthew Buckley Smith

POETRY - John Beaton, Bruce Bennett, Catharine Savage Brosman, Dan Campion, Richard Cecil, J.P. Celia, Terese Coe, Barbara Lydecker Crane, Anna M. Evans, David Galef, S.R. Graham, Julia Griffin, Elise Hempel, Vera Ignatowitsch, George Kalogeris, Garret Keizer, Quincy R. Lehr, Amit Majmudar, Eileen Malone, Tim McGrath, Susan McLean, Estill Pollock, Anne Delana Reeves, Rainer Maria Rilke, J.C. Scharl, David Southward, Wendy Videlock, Marly Youmans

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781773490731
Publisher: Able Muse Press
Publication date: 02/02/2021
Series: Able Muse, Print Edition , #28
Edition description: 28th Winter 2020/2021 Issue ed.
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Alexander Pepple

Editorial / v


N.S. Thompson

Beyond Criticism:

Poetry and COVID-19 / 25

Christopher Rivas

A Burn That Keeps on Burning / 55


Matthew Buckley Smith

The Quality of Mercy

A Review of A.M. Juster, Wonder & Wrath / 37

Luke Hathaway

What We Do in Solitary

A Review of Amit Majmudar:

Godsong: A Verse Translation of the Bhagavad-Gita, with Commentary

What He Did in Solitary / 115

Travis Biddick

A Review of Ned Balbo:

The Cylburn Touch-Me-Nots

3 Nights of the Perseids / 128


Stephen Kampa

An Interview by Chelsea Woodard / 99


Blackboard / 109

To an Enemy Whose Work Has Come

to Nothing / 111

Hard Candy: Limericks / 112

If My Life Were More Like

the Movies / 113

It's All a Game to the Devil / 114


The Exotic Theme

A Photographic Exhibit

from Artists Worldwide / 76


African Elephant / 78

African Flamingoes / 79

Buddhist monks, Cambodia / 80

Essaouira, Morocco / 81

Exotic Headscarf / 82

Galapagos Island Giant Turtle / 83

Jaguar / 84

Kyoto, Japan / 85

Lamborghini Huracan / 86

Lima Region chia pudding / 87

Long-Tail Boats, Krabi, Thailand / 88

Mehndi / 89

Monkeys, Hampi, India / 90

Moonrise / 91

Rickshaw Travel / 92

Siargao Island, Philippines / 93

Squirrel Monkey / 94

Wahiba Desert, Oman / 95

White Peacock / 96

Yellow Tang / 97


Richard Cecil

Old Saws Revisited / 1

Julia Griffin

Achillides / 2

Wendy Videlock

In the womb you will begin

to learn / 3

Garret Keizer

Black and White / 6

Amit Majmudar

Bone Dice / 7

Borrowing / 8

Quincy R. Lehr

The Place I Used to Live Forever / 20

Estill Pollock

Warwick Street / 22

David Galef

Art and Not Art / 30

Dan Campion

The Greystone / 31

Marly Youmans

Lament / 32

Terese Coe

Don Juan Narcissist / 42

J.P. Celia

The Neanderthal / 43

David Southward

Office Hours / 49

George Kalogeris

Terza Rima / 50

J.C. Scharl

The Trout / 51

Anne Delana Reeves

Sacrificed Girl: Mount Ampato,

Chile / 58

Elise Hempel

The Dead Man's Truck / 59

Anna M. Evans

Mammogram after the Death

of a Friend / 60

Bruce Bennett

Final Call / 69

Catharine Savage Brosman

Chrysanthemums / 70

Vera Ignatowitsch

Tending the Roses / 72

Barbara Lydecker Crane

The Empty Lap of Luxury / 73

Rainer Maria Rilke

(translated by Susan McLean)

Imaginary Life History / 123

2020 Write Prize for Poetry ▪ Winner

S.R. Graham

At the Moulin Rouge: The Dance / 124

2020 Write Prize for Poetry ▪ Finalists

Eileen Malone

Newly Auspicious / 4

Tim McGrath

Another Song to Celia / 24

John Beaton

Wolf's Clothing / 74


Nageen Rather

A View from Kashmir / 9

Guadalupe Sexto

JP / 33

John McLennon

The Tea Dance / 44

Treena Thibodeau

Things to Do with a Body / 61

2020 Write Prize for Fiction ▪ Winner

L.M. Brown

Is That Edel? / 52

T R A N S L A T I O N N O T E S / 145

C O N T R I B U T O R N O T E S / 149


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