Summer 2021

Letter from the Editor


I know you are reading this poem listening for something, torn
           between bitterness and hope
turning back once again to the task you cannot refuse.

— Adrienne Rich, “XII (Dedications),” An Atlas Of The Difficult World


5002035815_7dd28c9423_oToday is the first time our summer issue has been published on a Sunday, and this year the first day of summer falls on Father’s Day, following the first day of a federally recognized Juneteenth, in the month we celebrate Pride. In the words of Corretta Scott King, “Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.” June is a month of recognition, remembrance, and celebration.

This weekend I started reading two new books by Las Vegas writers and friends, Jennifer Battisti and Heather Lang-Cassera. Off Boulder Highway (Tolsun Books), Jennifer’s hybrid work of poetry, memoir, and surrealist prose, will be published on July 13th. With a September 28th pub date, Heather Lang-Cassera’s debut full-length collection, Gathering Broken Light (Unsolicited Press) “confronts pasts we cannot understand following the October 2017 mass shooting” in Las Vegas. 

I will have more thoughts on both books in July’s Zest feature, micro reviews by the editors of Citron. Like many book lovers, I have stacks of books to read, a slightly smaller stack of books I am reading concurrently, and a few in the queue for review. But as a reader, I also want to know what my friends are reading. It’s been so much fun to hear what the editors of Citron are reading, and we look forward to sharing our list with you soon. 

In the meantime, if you missed our between issues Zest feature, check out Lisbeth Coiman’s review of A Teenager’s Guide to Feminism (Pear Shaped Press, 2020) edited by Stephanie Anderson, Christina Brown, and Megan Mimiaga. This review was part of a call to the members of Women Who Submit, which “seeks to empower women and nonbinary writers by creating physical and virtual spaces for sharing information, supporting and encouraging submissions to literary journals, and clarifying the submission and publication process.” Over the past decade Women Who Submit has done remarkable work in support of writers and community. 

Angela M. Brommel
Poetry Editor
The Citron Review

ABOVE PHOTO: New Orleans Double Shotgun Splash by Charlotte Hamrick, 2010.




Table of Contents


Notes on the selections by Eric Steineger

Suchita Hariharan Wisps  
Ross Thompson La Zenia  
Emma Lee Ashes with Hindsight  
Beth Gordon (Antenna) (Whiskey) Template
(who)(what)(when)(where)(why) template
Lane Fields Portrait of a Young Man, 1919  
Creative Nonfiction

Notes on the selections by Charlotte Hamrick

Sara Siddiqui Chansarkar A Stream of Prayer  
Rachel Laverdiere Barefoot Diptych  
Jen Rouse Disdain Forward  
Kerry Herlihy Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Mother  
Jennifer Ronsman Companion  
Flash Fiction

Notes on the selections by Elizabeth De Arcos

Lorette C. Luzajic Found Objects  
Kristen Zory King Her Kingdom Come  
Myna Chang A Practical Guide to Making Rain  
Michelle Morouse Left to their own devices, they became them  
Sara Cappell Thomason Origins  

Notes on the selections by JR Walsh

Janet Jiahui Wu Men Do Cry
Mother Above All Things
We Had A Blue Wedding
Aimee Parkison Ghosting  
Sierra Nelson  
Erin Murphy Taxonomy of Pre-Existing Conditions
Taxonomy of Quests
Taxonomy of Shields
Rosie Garland
Meg Pokrass
Black Dashboard Horse  
Jennifer A. Howard My girlfriend asks if I watch porn  
Will Cordeiro Ebbtide and Floodtide
Fellow Traveler

In this edition, we spotlight a guest reviewer with an important new anthology.

Lisbeth Coiman Book Review: A Teenager’s Guide to Feminism (Pear Shaped Press)  

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