Fall 2018

Letter from the Editor


There is a time in the last few days of summer when the ripeness of autumn fills the air.
– Rudolfo Anaya


I had every intention of publishing the fall issue on the first day of autumn, but in the last few days of summer the air switched into something too good to miss.

This summer felt like it would never end, as if we are so out-of-sync in and with the world there could only be this. The ripe change of autumn tells us that though this peril has not passed, there’s still time to be fruitful. Camus writes, “Autumn is the second spring when every leaf is a flower.” The changing leaves of the season are not an unraveling, but the story of transformation.

We are also transforming this fall. I am delighted to share that Senior Poetry Editor, Eric Steineger, has taken on the role of Managing Editor. With an eye on our 10th anniversary next fall, we are also in the process of expanding our team. Every day I am grateful for the opportunity to meet writers and editors who are doing the good work of telling our stories and for the support of our readers.

A few nights ago I was sitting on the patio bordered by lavender when I noticed a single bloom on the star of jasmine that I thought had died in the heat of summer. We talk of spring as beginnings and we imagine fall as endings. In just one moment I remembered that almost everything has a chance at a second blooming.

This issue is ripe with second blooms. On behalf of the editors at The Citron Review, we hope you enjoy this issue as much as we do.

Angela M. Brommel
The Citron Review


Table of Contents 


Eric Steineger Notes on the Poetry Selections
Kelly R. Samuels Petrichor Poetry
Rogan Kelly The Corner Store Poetry
Rogan Kelly Dream of Alexandria Poetry
Gwen Jensen  I Love the Lace Poetry
Carolyn Supinka Woolgathering Poetry
Zach Jacobs Notes on the Creative Nonfiction Selections
Chila Woychik A Sister Lyric: In the Finding of You Creative Nonfiction
Shae Krispinsky Professional Profile Creative Nonfiction
Jeanine Pfeiffer Of Fur Not Fowl (Or, How Not to Catch a Tiger) Creative Nonfiction
De Arcos
Notes on the Fiction Selections
Lee Anderson H Flash Fiction
Fred D. White Mosaic Flash Fiction
Patricia Q. Bidar Buckets Flash Fiction
Jeff Fleischer Tamed Flash Fiction
The Citron Review 2018 Best of the Net Nominations

🍋10th Anniversary

Fall 2019 IssueSeptember 23rd, 2019
3 months to go.

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Catch up with our managing editor @ericsteineger in the latest issue of Tinderbox Poetry Journal. #saturdayread #amreading #TheCitronreview #tinderboxpoetryjournal https://tinderboxpoetry.com/catching-up-with-tinderbox
In Citron’s 10th summer issue on this longest day in the sun we bring you stories of vulnerability and meaning. We also offer something new. As part of our 10th anniversary we have created Zest, a place for our editors to share essays, reviews, and other posts in between our four annual issues. Zest’s first feature is a review written by Managing Editor and Senior Poetry Editor @ericsteineger. You can find his review of @jerzypoet's debut chapbook, Demolition in the Tropics as the last item in our summer issue and on Zest’s page. It’s been an amazing ten years of stories. In September we will publish the fall issue as well as a look back at 10 years of The Citron Review. To our readers and contributors, thank you for being a part of our story. #CitronSix #CitronStories #Summer2019 #SummerIssue #TheCitronReview #cheersto10years #amreading #summersolstice #summerreading
"Immaculate" by Anne-Marie Hoeve takes us into the secret life of spoons in this carefully arranged micro fiction. https://citronreview.com/2019/03/20/immaculate/ #amreading #thecitronreview #spring2019
Christopher Rabley's "I Can See Her" is his second publication in The Citron Review and we join him in Taipei City for a most trying time. His first nonfiction story is from 2017, "Speak to Me". Please read them together, if you wish. https://citronreview.com/2019/03/20/i-can-see-her/ https://citronreview.com/2017/12/21/speak-to-me/ #amreading #thecitronreview #spring2019
We are expanding our team of editors. This fall marks our 10 year anniversary as a volunteer operated journal, and we look forward to another ten. We love what we do and hope that you will consider joining us. Send your inquiries to citronreview at gmail.com. Open until filled #TheCitronReview #amreading #CreativeNonfiction https://citronreview.com/
We're still reading! All 2019 picks are also eligible for consideration to be included in our 10th anniversary issue this September. 🍋 #callforsubmissions #CitronStories #briefliterature #cheerstotenyears #amreading #TheCitronReview #poetry #fiction #flashfiction #microfiction #creativenonfiction

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