Winter 2017

Letter from the Editor


Winter solitude –
in a world of one color
the sound of the wind.
Matsuo Bashō

 

It’s Winter Solstice, and our final issue of the year is here.

Winter Solstice is my favorite day of the year. I used to dread the winter, but over the years I have come to think of this dark time of year as a necessary space for solitude and solace. If solstice is a temporary standstill as we wait for the return of the sun, we can find comfort in knowing that what we pay attention to can transform us in the new year.

Last year on this day I lost a dear friend and mentor, and in many ways I feel that I spent the rest of the year waiting for the return of the sun. The story of loss is something we all know, and yet writers’ words turn what we know into a new understanding of how we will be transformed. How we find the will to continue is our return of the sun.

We hope this season finds you well, and we thank you for spending this time with us. We are grateful for the opportunity to publish great work by writers we love, and equally grateful for the readers.

If you are a new reader, we invite you to review our previous issues. We are really proud of the work we published this year, and invite you to read our nominations for the 2017 Best of the Net and the 2018 Pushcart Prize.

Now for some bittersweet news. This is the last issue for Assistant Editor and Fiction Editor, Nicholas Olson. He has been a great member of our team. He is taking over as Managing Editor of The Arrival Magazine. When he’s not publishing the work of others, he’s working on his own. You can find his work online, and most recently in a print anthology for the first time: Crack the Spine XVI. Good luck, Nick!

On behalf of the editors at The Citron Review, we wish you a joyful holiday season, and a happy new year.

Happy reading!

Warmly,
Angela M. Brommel
Editor-in-Chief
The Citron Review
Celebrating the Short Form

 

Table of Contents

 

Eric Steineger Notes on the Poetry Selections
Jim Daniels Astronomy Poetry
William A. Greenfield Retrofit Poetry
Jane Flint Waiting for the Firestorm Poetry
Francine Rubin Hallgrimskirkia Church Poetry
Marianne Woods Cirone Notes on the Creative Nonfiction Selections
Jessica Clements Filling Gaps Creative Nonfiction
Ben Greenlee Baton Creative Nonfiction
Christopher Rabley Speak to Me Creative Nonfiction
Jennifer Lang Collateral Beauty Creative Nonfiction
Elizabeth
De Arcos
Notes on the Fiction Selections
Barbara O’Byrne Birthright Micro Fiction
JR Walsh May I have this dance? Micro Fiction
Kathryn Kulpa We the Underserved Flash Fiction
Sara Estes I Thought You Were An Anchor in the Drift of the World 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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Congratulations to Citron's Online/Fiction Editor Jr Walsh for his recent publication in Nunum's Winter 2019 Volume 2, Issue 4! #flashfiction #fiction #briefliterature #amreading #SundayRead #jrwalsh #yourfavoriteactor
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

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