Welcome to our Spring 2020 issue! Where you can expect to find our signature
cornucopia of visual arts, short-form writing, and diverse voices: a total
of 97 works by 59 authors and artists (details at our
And MacQ-2 delivers a profusion of prose poems—we gathered a coupla dozen
by 18 poets—in part to commemorate distinguished editor and professor emeritus
Peter Johnson and his latest anthology, A Cast-Iron Aeroplane That Can Actually
Fly: Commentaries From 80 American Poets on Their Prose Poetry.
To whom I offer an enthusiastic tip of the hat
with my review of his fine book.
Speaking of reviews, this one by eminent poet and professor emeritus Eamon Grennan
is a must-read:
An Object of Wonder—a title which I believe applies
as much to this concise and eloquent review as it does to the book it lauds,
Always Say Goodnight: Elegies for Lenora by Matt Bialer. Two thumbs up
Featured Artist, a Prose Poet
Lorette C. Luzajic, mixed-media visual artist, poet, and founding editor of
The Ekphrastic Review, recently released a collection of 100 of her
ekphrastic prose poems, Pretty Time Machine. We’re pleased to present
two selections from her book, along with four of her collage artworks and Jordan
Trethewey’s interview, which includes seven questions about Luzajic’s
Highlights: Fiction and Hybrids
For our fiction fans, we have 13 micro and flash stories on tap, as well as five haibun
stories, the latter of which combine elements of fiction + prose poetry + one
or more micro-poems. Sounds amazing, yes? I think so, of course, but see for yourself.
Here are a few fiction and hybrid samples from
Red Dawn by Denis Bell [micro-fiction, ekphrastic, with collage
illustration by Louise Freshman Brown]
Art Education by Joseph Mills [micro-fiction]
Noir [A Triptych] by Stella Pierides [haibun story]
The Sound, the Message by C.C. Russell [micro-fiction]
Wolf by Francine Witte [micro-fiction]
“New” Contributing Editors
A warm welcome to the MacQ Masthead, to Claire Everett and Bill Mesce, Jr., both of
whom have been contributing unofficially as editors to our mission for a few years,
first at KYSO Flash and now at MacQ. I’m honored that they’ve
granted me permission to acknowledge them publicly this way.
Much gratitude to Bill Mesce, Jr. for introducing us to writings by several of his
students. We were delighted to be among the first to publish flash fictions by emerging
writers Carrie Close (Leprechaun) and Olivia Dalessandro
(On the Beach With Linda).
In this issue of MacQ, we’re pleased to present
Harass the Florist, micro-fiction by Taylor Rossics,
also one of Professor Mesce’s writing students.
A former corporate writer at HBO (27 years), Mesce is the award-winning author of
two dozen screenplays and numerous novels. He holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from
Fairleigh Dickinson University and now teaches Creative Writing at the University of
Maine, Farmington. For more details,
see his bio on our Masthead page.
(Appearing in KYSO Flash: two of Mesce’s shortest fictions,
General, and a craft essay, Tell, Don’t Show.)
Since first learning about Claire Everett’s work four years ago, we’ve
happily published a dozen or more of her marvelous tanka prose (factional) and tanka
tales (fictional)—for the complete list, please see the
KYSO Flash Index
of Contributors—as well as works by other poets she has recommended to us.
She served as tanka-prose editor for Haibun Today (2011–2016), and
as founding editor of
Skylark: the journal, which she published from its inauguration
in April 2013 thru its final issue, Summer 2019. She has also served on the editorial
teams of three anthologies. For more details,
see her bio on our Masthead page.
I look forward to Claire’s guidance in our outreach to encourage more writers
to send us tanka forms.
Editor’s Choice Award
The Editor’s Choice Award for MacQ-2 was selected from a short list of ten
finalists, which in turn were chosen from nearly a hundred works that appear in this
issue. My happy thanks (and a small cash prize of $100 USD) to Kimmo Rosenthal
for publishing this unusual creative-nonfiction piece with MacQ:
Olympia (Thoughts on a Courtesan in Eight Chapters) [ekphrastic
CNF, after Manet’s painting] by Kimmo Rosenthal
And here are the other fine finalists, listed in alpha order by author’s last
To My Husband Unexpectedly Called Away [micro-CNF] by
The Last Man on the Moon [prose poem] by Bill Capossere
The God Particle [prose poem] by Robert L. Dean, Jr.
Two days before our neighbor died [poem, lineated] by Scott
On St. James’ Feast Day, the Shells of Abakanowicz [prose
poem, ekphrastic] by Linda Nemec Foster
Green Gloves (On Becoming a Roadside Frog) [haibun story] by
A Dog Is a Dog Is a Dog [flash fiction] by Arya F. Jenkins
In a Brown Study [haibun story] by Bob Lucky
Discriminating Distinction [prose poem] by Jeanne Yeasting
As always, my heartfelt gratitude to all of our lovely contributors and readers!
Time is more precious than ever, so I especially appreciate your visits here.
And I hope you find much to enjoy