Winter 2022/2023

Letter from the Editor

i am running into the new year
and i beg what i love and 
i leave to forgive me
– “i am running into the new year” by Lucille Clifton


The Holly KingHere we are in a season of a solstice, holidays, and traditions that are celebrated through words and song, and regardless of what we believe or do not believe, winter brings us some certainty through our chosen traditions. We have symbolically imbued the new year with magic that we believe in. There’s a power to create different ways of being and a power to connect with ourselves and others.

In the new year, as poet laureate of Clark County, Nevada, I will be teaching a year-long virtual class, A Year With Poetry, through Henderson Public Libraries. Not a year of poetry, but a year with it in relationship, communing with brief literature in a way that is open to being shaped by the energy of story. To be tethered to each other through the words.

I have had Lucille Clifton’s  “i am running into a new year” saved on my phone for a few years now. It’s one of two poems I keep on hand, the other being Natalie Diaz’s “From the Desire Field.” But for the first poem, it invites us to be intentional with what we need to leave behind, what is possible to leave behind now because it no longer serves us. Maybe there are things we can come back to, but for now we are running into the new year lighter. It is like those dreams in which running leads to flight.

Our Winter Issue holds a very special place for me because we temporarily close submissions in December until February 1st. The pause for me coincides with the most holiday and vacation time with family and friends that I take in a year. I look forward to reading as many books as I can, and I always read the Winter Issue again as a reader, not an editor. If you have not yet done so, please visit our nominations for Best of the Net, The Pushcart Prize, and Best Microfiction which are also included in this issue. 

It’s been almost eight years since we’ve published a mini-issue dedicated to Creative Nonfiction, and this time we will be publishing an all-genres issue centered on love and desire in early 2023. Submissions will open on February 1st until filled. All submissions already in the queue will also be considered.

On behalf of The Citron Review, wherever you are this Winter, we wish you and yours well.

Angela M. Brommel
Poetry Editor
The Citron Review

IMAGE ABOVE: Montana Black, The Holly King, 2020. 
IMAGE AT RIGHT: Jill Katherine Chmelko, Winter Berries, 2007.




Table of Contents


Notes on the selections by Angela M. Brommel

Jim Daniels
Sitting Outside Her Door  
Katie Kemple Under the Buck Moon  
Nicolette Ratz Ash to Soil  
Autumn Koors Foltz devotion poem in branding  
Scott T. Hutchison Flies and Moths  
Jak Emerson Kurdi My Grandmother’s Eyes  
Creative Nonfiction

Notes on the selections by Charlotte Hamrick

Jen Soong Bound  
Emily Lowe Underbelly  
Jenna Devany Waters A Passed-Down Story  
Ronan Fenton The Prodigal Nothing  
Billie Hinton Longing is Not Regret  
Jennifer Todhunter When a House Is Not a Home  
Flash Fiction

Notes on the selections by Elizabeth De Arcos

Sacha Bissonnette  
Timothy Boudreau Everything You Loved is Here, When Are You Coming Home  
Chloe Yelena Miller Deep  
Kim Magowan Mirror Face  

Notes on the selections by JR Walsh

Ariel M. Goldenthal Family Tree
After the Breakup
DW McKinney
Mikki Aronoff Earworm  
Christine H. Chen Specimen  
Kelli Short Borges Grocery Run  
 Réka Nyitrai Bad luck  


2022 Year End Nominations
Best of the Net
Best Microfiction
Pushcart Prize
Best Small Fictions

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