Summer 2018: Citron Six

Letter from the Editor

 

Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.
– Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

 

Last night I was reviewing the summer issue, and I was thinking about how out-of-sync I feel with the season this year. The heatwave moving through summer has altered the way many of us have spent summers in the past.

Then I stumbled across Ray Bradbury’s words from Dandelion Wine, “their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” This is a great meditation for falling back into the season. There is something extraordinary about how a few sentences can propel us into a realm of possibility that was previously unimagined. Summer reading is a solace and rehearsal for the other seasons.

I hope you take the time to read the letters from the editors that introduce the selections in each genre. This issue is the last for Fiction Editor, Jennifer Ettleson Besmehn. We were so lucky to have her on our team, and we wish her great success in her future endeavors.

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

 

Table of Contents 

 

Eric Steineger Notes on the Poetry Selections
Dan Veach Gold Dust Spring Poetry
Dan Veach Lake Yi Poetry
Timothy Lindner Florence Avenue Notebook Poetry
Timothy Lindner The Kids’ Table Poetry
Geoff Anderson Siren Poetry
Geoff Anderson The Circle Game Poetry
Marianne Woods Cirone Notes on the Creative Nonfiction Selections
B.J. Miller How to Do a Close Reading Creative Nonfiction
Hope Henderson The Flaw Creative Nonfiction
Sarah Wernsing 3 Slivers Creative Nonfiction
Susan Bloch Orange Creative Nonfiction
Sutton Strother How To Move Your Body Creative Nonfiction
Elizabeth De Arcos Notes on the Fiction Selections
Jake Zawlacki Vision Micro Fiction
Stephen D. Gibson Forging Warmth Micro Fiction
Heather Bourbeau Passenger Micro Fiction
Shauna Mackay Constance, failing Flash Fiction
Tommy Dean Covenants Flash Fiction
Katherine Hubbard Stephen Flash Fiction

 

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.

 

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Can you talk with animals? "The Soldier on the Mountain" just might have to. Come hike this #flashfiction odyssey from @BlerianaMyftiu with us. https://citronreview.com/2019/12/21/the-soldier-on-the-mountain/ 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 blerianamyftiu.com
Our first poem of 2020 comes from Richard Foerster in our New Winter Issue. https://citronreview.com/2019/12/21/first-poem/ #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." https://citronreview.com/2019/12/21/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 citronreview.com.
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." http://www.shiningrockpoetry.com/notes-on-editing-at-the-citron-review-by-eric-steineger #TheCitronReview #onlinejournal #briefliterature #celebratingtheshortform #cheersto10years #Citron10 #amreading

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