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.
Angela M. Brommel
The Citron Review
Celebrating the Short Form
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|Eric Steineger||Notes on the Poetry Selections||Poetry|
|William A. Greenfield||Retrofit||Poetry|
|Jane Flint||Waiting for the Firestorm||Poetry|
|Francine Rubin||Hallgrimskirkia Church||Poetry|
|Marianne Woods Cirone||Notes on the CNF Selections||CNF|
|Jessica Clements||Filling Gaps||CNF|
|Christopher Rabley||Speak to Me||CNF|
|Jennifer Lang||Collateral Beauty||CNF|
|Elizabeth De Arcos||Notes on the Fiction Selections||Fiction|
|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|