Letter from the Editor
Merriam-Webster Dictionary, definition of Citron
a: a citrus fruit resembling a lemon but larger with little pulp and a very thick rind
b: a small shrubby tree (Citrus medica) that produces citrons and is cultivated in tropical regions
c: the preserved rind of the citron used especially in cakes and puddings
The Summer 2017 Issue: Citron Six marks one year since a new group of dynamic editors joined our team at The Citron Review. Together we made small changes in how we operate while continuing to ask ourselves how we define our place in the literary world.
As a child I loved to read the dictionary, so today I looked up citron.
The preserved rind.
There’s no fruit without the tree, and no sweet rind without the fruit. There’s no sweetness without the transformation of water, sugar, and fire.
Citron Six is an issue about how we have changed; how we are still changing. As the editors write in their notes, this issue is about reimagined American landscapes, exploring subtext, and how we emerge from heartbreak.
But the reason I turned to the dictionary before writing this letter was because of Danielle Hale’s powerful poetry in this issue. It reminded me when I first learned that words gave people the power to create change, but her work in this issue also illuminates how over time how people and history can be erased and forgotten through definitions.
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
Celebrating the Short Form
Table of Contents
|Eric Steineger||Notes on the Poetry Selections|
|Rochelle Shapiro||The Shuttered House||Poetry|
|Danielle Hale||Blood Quantum||Poetry|
|Anna Kelley||Kitchen Denizen||Poetry|
|Marianne Woods Cirone||Notes on the Creative Nonfiction Selections|
|Lillian Kwok||Córdoba, Argentina||Creative Nonfiction|
|DL Shirey||How to Blink||Creative Nonfiction|
|KG Waite||Prelude||Creative Nonfiction|
|Nathan Elliott||Anubis||Creative Nonfiction|
|Alice Lowe||Whatever Will Be||Creative Nonfiction|
|Elizabeth De Arcos||Notes on the Fiction Selections|
|Michael Lehman||The Compas||Flash Fiction|
|Wesley Rhodes||Give and Give||Flash Fiction|
|Abigail Hancher||The Water Boils||Flash Fiction|
|Julie Turley||Badass Comes to Town||Flash Fiction|
|AN Block||Once My Father Beat Me With a Chair||Micro Fiction|
|Duff Allen||Train Conductor||Micro Fiction|