Welcome to MacQ, Autumn 2020! Thanks so much for dropping by to explore this
quintessential issue, numero cinco, the one which illustrates that
MacQueen’s Quinterly has lived up to the promise within the name:
by delivering five issues within the first year. Hooray! To say that I’m
gleefully proud of that accomplishment—perhaps to the point of
cock-a-hoopity—just might be an understatement (tee hee).
But seriously, what a challenging year this has been, on numerous fronts, from
the personal to the universal. We certainly do live in interesting times, yes?
Never a dull moment as the saying goes. Still, speaking for myself: Every morning
that I wake up is a good one. And every day that I can continue to help create beauty
in this world is a blessing.
Speaking of which, I’m honored and pleased to present in MacQ-5 two
of Roy Beckemeyer’s wonderful poems, including
The Color of Blessings (which is among MacQ’s nominations
for the Pushcart, Volume 46) and
Barbara Hamby Embraces the Swedish Word Mångata.
I’m also delighted to announce the results of MacQ’s latest contest,
the RESQ Writing Challenge
, aka the “Qualmish.” Unlike
our previous challenges whose results included a mixture of genres, this one features
fiction. Oddly enough, poetic works were in the minority of entries this time and,
in the final rounds of consideration, got edged out by the stories. But as it turns
out, a preponderance of poems arrived via general submissions instead.
In any case, I believe MacQ-5 delivers an interesting range of genres over-all, with
74 written works (3 nonfictions, 19 fictions, 27 poems, 13 prose poems, and 12 hybrids),
and 27 artworks. Plus, MacQ welcomes 26 “new to us” contributors, or
about 45% of the total of 57 folks whose works appear here in Issue 5.
A few highlights follow...
Especially in these times of unrelenting angst and outrage, I believe that humor is
more important than ever. Which is why my literary antennae are always on the lookout
for writing that makes me smile, snicker, or even shriek with laughter. Of course,
that’s not to say that I turn away works that make me cry—not at all!
I simply need some comic relief now and then. Like this trio, for instance:
Beepbop [micro-fiction] by Christopher Candice
Preface to Canto IV of The Three Virgins of Rosenberg,
Texas [tanka tale] by Bob Lucky
A Prayer for Abe Lincoln [CNF] by Hannah Lund
And virtual hugs of appreciation to the two finalists of the Qualmish Challenge
for making me laugh out loud:
The Anniversary Surprise [micro-fiction] by Roberta Beary
The God-Fearing Man [flash fiction] by John Shea
Not to be Missed: Editor’s Choice Award
This phenomenal poem by Scott Ferry evokes a range of sympathetic and cathartic
emotions for me, all in a good way (as I hope it will for others):
Bubbles the fish no longer swims
New-to-me Poetic Form!
I’m excited to share here my recent introduction, courtesy of Chuck Brickley,
to the “hay(na)ku.” Hey what? was my initial reaction, too.
☺ But the pronunciation is actually
“ai-na-koo” for this six-word tercet, a tiny poem which can be chained
together just as haiku, cherita, and tanka can be linked in sequences. I do have
a fondness for sequences, and was charmed by Brickley’s poem
the way two, a chain of hay(na)ku with a clever twist.
A Virtual Feast of Visual Arts
Nature artist and retired educator Joann Carrabbio is
Featured Artist for MacQ-5, which includes eight of her lovely
artworks: six watercolors and two oil paintings.
Be sure to check out paintings by Carrabbio’s husband as well, resistance artist
Pochade à Neptune (Sketch of Neptune) and three
images from his in-progress series
Dark Days 2020, along with his commentary “The Artist as
Canary in the Coal Mine.”
And More Delicious Art: Ekphrasis
Our ekphrastic line-up includes an eclectic mix of fantastic
works by seven artists and four of my favorite masters of ekphrasis, including
Robert L. Dean, Jr. (CNF and lineated poem), Lorette C. Luzajic (prose poems and
micro-fiction), Robbi Nester (lineated poems), and Charles D. Tarlton (tanka prose).
Plus, another delightfully talented author whose work I recently discovered and
am eager to share with you: Stephen D. Gibson and two of his micro-fictions,
Creation (after a photograph by Manuel Acevedo), and
Da Ponte (a tribute to Mozart’s librettist).
Best Microfiction and the Pushcart
And I’ll wrap up this abbreviated tour with links to our nominations for two
Best Microfiction 2021
2022 Pushcart Anthology XLVI (Vol. 46)
Bows of Gratitude!
As always, my heartfelt thanks to all of our lovely contributors and readers.
I deeply appreciate your ongoing support of this little journal and your visits here.
Please continue to drop by often, and ask your friends, family, and colleagues to do
the same. (Feel free to share links to MacQ and her big sister KYSO Flash on social
media, too.) Here’s hoping you all find much to savor at