Welcome to MacQ’s mid-Summer 2020 issue!
I’m writing this intro in a hurry, because I’m also insanely busy with
paring down and packing—must finish before the 31st of July!—in order
to downsize from an 800-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment to a sweet and cozy,
garden studio about 75% smaller.*
Even so, I’ve managed concurrently this month to put together what I believe
is another extraordinary issue of MacQueen’s Quinterly. With lots
of indirect help, of course, from the writers and artists who sent us such irresistible
works for MacQ-4.
For instance, I’m pleased as Punch to feature the Winner and three Finalists
Quink Writing Challenge
in this issue. Five semi-finalists are
also included. I got such a kick outta reading the entries for this contest (a few
of which triggered belly laughs for me), and I hope you, too, enjoy these nine quinky
Other highlights of MacQ-4 follow...
Fiction and Hybrids
In addition to seven “Quink” fictions (one of them a haibun story—how
cool is that?!), you’ll also find herein 14 flash and micro-fictions, plus
two more haibun stories. Here’s a small sampling:
Egress [micro-fiction] by Heather Bourbeau
Song of Sweat (A Substation In Whitley County, Kentucky)
[haibun story] by Jonathan Humphrey
Evening in the Diner [flash fiction] by Lynn Pattison
Writer Boy [micro-fiction] by Daryl Scroggins
Find more good reading via
our main Fiction menu and
Our ekphrastic line-up includes an eclectic mix of six fine
works by five poets (Robert L. Dean, Jr.; Paul David Mena; LeeAnn Pickrell;
Charles D. Tarlton; and Rina Terry), one of whom receives the
Editor’s Choice Award for this issue.
Also, be sure to treat yourself to these gorgeous pairings:
Caught while escaping: haiga with photograph by George Digalakis
and poem by Gary S. Rosin
Empty chair, bare tree: haiga with photograph by Lucas Dumrauf
and poem by Gary S. Rosin
More of a Good Thing: Visual Arts (plus an essay)
Poet and professional visual artist Tiffany Shaw-Diaz is
Featured Artist for MacQ-4, which includes three of her cherita
poems and three of her photographs, as well as two of her recent watercolors.
A detail from MaRco Elliott’s surreal painting
In the Garden City of Earthly Delights illustrates this remarkable
essay by MacQ contributing editor Jack Cooper:
Naming the Phenomenon.
Poetry and Poetic Hybrids
This issue of MacQ offers a smaller-than-usual section of
lineated poetry, with only 15 works, but still covers a range
of forms, from structured to free verse, and from micro to fairly long. For example:
[Fresh Graffiti] (9 words; three lines) with photograph,
both by Paul David Mena
Weltanschauung (557 words; 100+ lines) by
Charles D. Tarlton
And we have 10 prose poems, a long-time favorite form of mine. Nearly 30 years ago,
I fell in love with the genre after being introduced to works by Jorge Luis Borges,
Henri Michaux, Francis Ponge, and Gertrude Stein (among others) by feminist poet,
performance artist, and fiction writer
Lynn Luria-Sukenick (1937–1995), may she rest in peace.
In 1991–1992, just as my dream of founding KYSO Flash Press began to germinate,
I worked hard through three of Professor Luria-Sukenick’s demanding,
graduate-level writing courses in fiction and prose poetry at San Diego State
University. To this day, I appreciate her enduring influence on my writing and
And I think she would have liked this sampling of prose poems from MacQ-4:
Conquistadores by Laine Cunningham
Inside/outside by Mary Grimm
Marsh by Charles D. Tarlton
As for poetic hybrids, we have
three haibun stories (as mentioned above under the category of
ten haibun (prose poems plus haiku); and
four tanka prose (prose poems plus tanka) in MacQ-4. Of course,
I like each and every one of those 17 pieces, yet the following three especially
resonate for me:
A Song for Tara [tanka prose] by Claire Everett
five-and-dime theology [haibun] by Mark Meyer
Prayer [haibun] by Andrew Riutta
And for My Kelley
A taiga by yours truly, in commemoration:
A World of Thanks!
As always, my heartfelt gratitude to all of our lovely contributors and readers.
I deeply appreciate your ongoing support of our little journal and your visits here.
Please continue to drop by often, and bring your friends. Here’s hoping you
all find much to savor at