Citron 10: Winter 2019

Letter from the Editor

Even this late it happens:
the coming of love, the coming of light.
Mark Strand, “The Coming of Light”


Shoppers in Montreal

IMAGE CREDIT: Nathan R. Elliott. St. Catherine Noël. 2019.

Tonight we celebrate Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. On this dark evening we reflect on the year that is closing and the one that is coming near. In this bustling season it sometimes feels as though there is no safe place to express loss or doubt. Mark Strand’s tender words invite us to believe that it is never too late for love or the return of the light. As this day slows and we finally find ourselves in bed, the natural world goes on and “even this late the bones of the body shine and tomorrow’s dust flares into breath.” We are grateful that you have taken this time in your busy life to find a moment of stillness to join us in reading the work of our winter writers.

Tonight we also think back on our year at Citron. In September, we kicked off our 10th anniversary by publishing Citron 10: Fall 2019 and our anthology, Citron 10: Celebrating 10 Years of the Short Form.  For the past year we poured over a decade of work by writers who touched our lives with their words. We also nominated some of our favorite work from our tenth year for Best of the Net, Best Microfiction, and The Pushcart Prize. Last summer we created Zest, and in 2020 you can expect book reviews and more by our editors. Thank you for spending another year with us celebrating the short form and its writers.

On behalf of The Citron Review, may this season bring light and love to you and yours, and a happy new year.

Warmest wishes,
Angela M. Brommel
Poetry Editor
The Citron Review




Table of Contents



Notes on the selections by Eric Steineger

Richard Foerster First Poem
Shannon K. Winston Peer
The Spinners
David J. Bauman Through the Dark
Creative Nonfiction

Notes on the selections by Nathan R. Elliott

Denton Loving The Topography of Tears
Lisa Tuininga The Farrier
Will McMillan Kids in the Hall
Savannah Slone i want to start a podcast but

Notes on the selections by Elizabeth De Arcos

Flash Fiction

Paul Beckman Crumbs
Kris Willcox Hanging Out the Laundry
Bleriana Myftiu The Soldier on the Mountain
Emma Pattee Men learn to swim in the deep end

Micro Fiction

DS Levy Babyland
Sean Pravica Sign of Life
2019 Pushcart Nominations
2019 Best Microfiction Nominations
2019 Best of the Net Nominations




Snow on brush in desert

IMAGE CREDIT: Jill Katherine Chmelko. Protest Road, Winter. 2019.

🍋Our Tenth Anniversary


    Cheers to ten years of celebrating the short form.


🍋 Instagram

Can you talk with animals? "The Soldier on the Mountain" just might have to. Come hike this #flashfiction odyssey from @BlerianaMyftiu with us. Bleriana Myftiu is from Tirana, Albania. She holds an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University and is a Fiction Reader for @atticusreview. Visit
Our first poem of 2020 comes from Richard Foerster in our New Winter Issue. #amreading #poetry Foerster’s eighth collection is Boy on a Doorstep: New and Selected Poems (Tiger Bark Press, 2019)
Pacific Northwest writer @savannahslonewriter reminds us of our new year's resolutions in "i want to start a podcast but." Slone is the author of several books including the forthcoming An Exhalation of Dead Things (@clashbooks, 2021), Hearing the Underwater (@flpbooks, 2019) and This Body is My Own (@ghostcitypress, 2019)
Happy New Year to readers and contributors from @citronreview! Here's to 2020! Our Winter Issue is up at
Thank you for sharing our 10th anniversary with us. What a citrus-y good year! #topnine2019 #topnine #bestnine2019 #bestnine #TheCitronReview #onlinejournal #briefliterature #cheersto10years #amreading #poetry #cnf #fiction
Poetry is currently closed for submissions until February 1st. Last year Shining Rock Poetry Anthology and Book Review interviewed managing editor @ericsteineger about how we make our poetry picks. Eric writes, "There are poems that are wonderfully accessible and reveal rich narratives. Poems that lessen the distance between the strangers who inhabit the planet and ourselves. But sometimes I read those poems, loving them, and feel I can continue without returning to those lines. Sometimes it is the odd bird in the forest I cannot escape; however hard I try to move on, I return, fascinated by its new pose on a tree -- its awkward, yet strangely affecting song. While it is difficult to describe the voice of a typical Citron poem, I can tell you some of our favorite poets: John Ashbery, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Terrance Hayes, Kate Hall, Rene Char, Richard Siken, Anne Carson, e.e. cummings, Sharon Olds, Lee Ann Roripaugh, and Brenda Shaughnessy." #TheCitronReview #onlinejournal #briefliterature #celebratingtheshortform #cheersto10years #Citron10 #amreading

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