Spring 2018

Letter from the Editor

 

It was the month of May, the month when the foliage of herbs and trees is most freshly green, when buds ripened and blossoms appear in their fragrance and loveliness. And the month when lovers, subject to the same force which reawakens the plants, feel their hearts open again, recall past trysts and past vows, and moments of tenderness, and yearn for a renewal of the magical awareness which is love.
– Sir Thomas Malory

 

Spring is unruly. If you are a longtime reader of The Citron Review, then you may remember that last year I wrote that spring is riskier for the heart than fall. It is.

Sir Thomas Mallory reminds us that the awakening our hearts is cyclical. Sometimes the winter seems to last forever, and at first it’s hard to trust that spring is here. Plant too soon and lose it all to frost. Plant too late and you are left with nothing. Spring requires that we fall into rhythm with it. It cannot be scheduled.

We see less submissions in the first quarter of the year. Perhaps as writers we simply get caught up in the reawakening of our hearts. It’s as if late winter leads us here, and each time we think we are unprepared. As those first moments of spring unfurl we follow the vines to our romantic origins, and then we yearn to be connected to that force again. At some point summer takes hold of this magic that will get us to the harvest.

We wish you tenderness and magic this spring. On behalf of the editors at The Citron Review, we hope you enjoy this issue as much as we do.

Warmly,
Angela M. Brommel
Editor-in-Chief
The Citron Review
An Online Journal of Brief Literature

 

Table of Contents 

 

Eric Steineger Notes on the Poetry Selections
Adriane Seville XXV Poetry
Adriane Seville XXIII Poetry
Lisa Eve Cheby Bumbling Through Poetry
Lisa Eve Cheby If I Were the Daughter of My Mother and Wim Wenders Poetry
Zach Jacobs Notes on the Creative Nonfiction Selections
Jackie Sizemore Solve for X Creative Nonfiction
Dani Redd Monsoon City Creative Nonfiction
Elizabeth De Arcos Notes on the Fiction Selections
Victoria Miller Deep Waters Flash Fiction
Patricia Fuentes Burns  The Full Circle of Love  Flash Fiction
Candace Hartsuyker Girls Who Break Hearts Micro Fiction
Tim Hawkins The Townsfolk in Winter Micro Fiction
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Leah Mueller's "escapee" is a resilient wisp of a poem. https://citronreview.com/2020/03/19/escapee/ Books include: Misguided Behavior, Tales of Poor Life Choices (Czykmate), Death and Heartbreak (WeaselPress), & Cocktails at Denny’s (AlienBuddhaPress.)
Contributor @jerzypoet has launched a new poetry journal, The Night Heron Barks. @heronbarks https://nightheronbarks.com/ We reviewed his poetry chapbook Demolition in the Tropics in our very first Zest - https://citronreview.com/2019/06/21/chapbook-review-by-eric-steineger/ #amreading #litmags
A chiller from contributor Cathy Ulrich's Murdered Ladies series - in the excellent new issue of @adroitjournal. https://theadroitjournal.org/issue-thirty-two/cathy-ulrich-prose/ We reviewed her Ghosts of You ( @okaydonkeymag) https://citronreview.com/2020/02/09/debut-fiction-review-by-jr-walsh/ #amreading #litmags
In "Polaroid" by @starlightgrrl, Charlotte Hamrick we see the big picture in a micro moment. Look closer in our Spring Issue! https://citronreview.com/2020/03/19/polaroid/ Charlotte Hamrick’s poetry, prose, and photography has been published in Foliate Oak, Moria Online, Connotation Press, Gone Lawn, The Rumpus and elsewhere. She is Creative Nonfiction Editor for Barren Magazine and lives in New Orleans with her husband and a menagerie of rescued pets. #amreading #microcreativenonfiction
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A parental pair of Creative Nonfiction pieces that's music to our ears: "Opera Mom" and "Opera Dad" brings transcendent melody to our Spring Issue. https://citronreview.com/2020/03/19/opera-dad/ https://citronreview.com/2020/03/19/opera-mom/ Claire T. Lawrence is a Professor of Creative Writing at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She has a PhD in Fiction from the University of Houston - Creative Writing Program and an MFA in Fiction from the The University of Utah. She has published fiction, poetry, and memoir in numerous magazines including Crab Orchard Review, TriQuarterly Online, Event Magazine, Terra Nova, and Western Humanities Review. #amreading #creativenonfiction

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