New Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry
SLATS: The Legend and Life of Jimmy Slattery
by Rich Blake
He was the personification of the Golden Era of sports in the boom/bust 1920’s and 30’s. Boxing legend Jimmy Slattery: sleek, handsome, lightning-fast. A phantom in the ring, “Slats” soared across the national stage like a comet- then crashed into oblivion. Discarded by the ages, this is the incredible true story of the Irish boy-wonder who captivated the boxing world at its peak.
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by John Marmysz
It seems so important as you do what you do,
But in times to come no one remembers you.
Your actions are forgotten and your feelings destroyed.
You've become one with the nihilist void.
Inspired by real-life events, as well as by classic philosophical novels such as Jean-Paul Sartre's Nausea, Albert Camus' The Stranger, Yukio Mishima's Confessions of a Mask, and Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club, The Nihilist tells the story of a philosophy professor caught in the grips of nihilistic despair. Following the death of his mother and the increasingly bizarre deaths of his closest friends, the nameless main character is afflicted with a mysterious malady that forces him to confront the absurdity of his own meaningless existence. Brain parasites, scatological dreams, punk rock, and spontaneous human combustion appear alongside the ideas of Heraclitus, Socrates, Diogenes, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Heidegger. The result is a wryly humorous philosophical allegory of hopelessness and resignation in the face of the void.
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Two Brothers, One War
Complied by Nancy Fuentes
Dear Mother was how the letters began.
Love Rum or Love Ed was how they ended.
Roman and Edward Bartz are brothers. They were also a sailor and a soldier. In Two Brothers, One War, they speak across years and oceans to deliver first person accounts of World War II. Told exclusively through letters, these two brothers tell of traveling from their home in Buffalo, New York to the far reaches of the world. They speak of combat, adventure, and the longing for home. Each letter gives a vivid and personal account of what it was like to fight in World War II. Edward speaks of the simple pleasure of watching the movie “Sergeant York” and finding an octopus in Puget Sound. Roman, known as Rum tells of playing football in Washington DC and taking Class E Allotment in order to send $75.00 back to his mother. Each letter reveals details and emotions that can only be found in the voices of the men who lived through and fought during America’s involvement in the war.
New Story of the Month
A Chance Encounter
by D.W. Hamil
by Marc Savett
Many poems take the form of past memories. They are colored through the prism and nourished by the music of the world. Some are there like whole pictures and words that take up phrase and form. The author reaches back into experience, at times allegory or story rings on the page. All the writing is washed with the dream state's diaphanous sphere that saturates the lines with animation and a sense of wonder. Characters in the poems are evil and good. There are bombers, dreamers, environmentalists, gunslingers, and creatures that populate the sensitive ecosystems. The poems bring emotion and life to elephants, rhinos, birds and the human experience. Mr. Savett creates tension, imagining individuals in dangerous situations that recall the author's life experiences.