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

 

Mushrooms

🍋10th Anniversary

Fall 2019 IssueSeptember 23rd, 2019
Cheers to 10 great years!

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Fiction Editor JR Walsh luxuriates in micros shaken and most definitely stirred. https://citronreview.com/2019/09/23/notes-on-the-micro-fiction-selections/ #amreading #microfiction
Grab a two foot scrap of wood and step up to home plate with Ronald Hartley in "Batting Stones." https://citronreview.com/2019/09/23/batting-stones/ Hartley's stories have been published by Sky Island Journal, Literary Juice, After the Pause, Gravel Magazine and Mobius: The Journal for Social Change. #amreading #flashfiction
We're reading for our Winter Issue, but a deadline is coming soon. Please consider submitting your best poetry, flash, and micros before December 1. Our editors will continue reading creative nonfiction through the new year, but we'd love to see your excellent work even sooner. https://citronreview.com/submission/ #TheCitronReview #onlinejournal #briefliterature #celebratingtheshortform #cheersto10years #Citron10 #callforsubmissions #poetry #cnf #fiction
Marissa Hoffman's creative nonfiction covers the directions that a life may take in "A Route Plan From Dad to Dad." https://citronreview.com/2019/09/23/a-route-plan-from-dad-to-dad/ #amreading #flashcnf Marissa Hoffman has published FlashBack Fiction, Bending Genres, and The Drabble. She is a fiction reader for Atticus Review.
Managing Editor Eric Steineger illuminates ten years of Citron Poetry. https://citronreview.com/2019/09/23/notes-on-the-poetry-selections-12/
When raising children is like "Fighting with God," Jennifer Woodworth dives into each poetic moment. https://citronreview.com/2019/09/23/fighting-with-god/ Jennifer Woodworth is the author of the chapbook, How I Kiss Her Turning Head (Monkey Puzzle Press.) Her writing has appeared in Bending Genres Journal, The Eastern Iowa Review, Star 82 Review, among others. Her blog is fishclamor.com. #amreading #poetry

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