Fragments, not a Meal |
by Rehan Qayoom

Who thinks mostly of his observance of breathing than his actual breathing? Takes a glimpse 
at her photograph and then quickly puts it away. Stuck with a hasp of deadlier gloom than 
death – Can it bring delight?


I found nowhere to sit and read 
Your chapter on the life of Bede
The ground of Oxford Street reveals
What deeds of daring do go on beneath those heels
Laziness is white and pretty
London, you mock-savage city
Had we met in a way more real
Would we have felt what we feel?
So off to bed and up at 9!
I'll dream all night that you were mine
Or off to kip to wake at 10!
Begin another day - Again!


If it's true we're born in sin
Open yourself and let me in!


Obliged to live his life in limbo
The forlorn poet
Forgot he was sane
So wrote in gibberish across the window-pane


O what enchanting eyes you have
How magical a smile
Your ruddy hair sets hearts on fire
Oh your funky drunky style
Just hold my hand - Look in my eyes - Say nothing all the while
You will never not be dearer - To me nearer nearer setting
Roses all aflame
For the vision’s ever clearer – It’s a chilly wind that blows!
Love me as I am –




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Rehan Qayoom is a poet, editor and translator from London.  He writes poetry in both English and Urdu and his work has featured in numerous literary publications and anthologies.  He is also available for interviews.

Church Shoes |
by M. Nasorri Pavone

I learned about faith and fashion
in the white patent leather shoes
I tiptoed to church in,
too tight, the wrong size.
My aunt mailed them across country.
For a short year she had
a friend in the shoe biz,
and could these toss outs be of use?
What luck for me whose mother
shook her head at patent leather
and to her, white was a soil savior
not a color.  I owned nothing white
as a child, not even white socks,
well, white cotton underwear,
and then my First Holy Communion dress
which became my going to church dress
until the Sundays of too much thigh
between hem and knees
and it vanished from my closet.
I could fake it in the shoes, though.
Who could tell but me
and the two pale kittens I squeezed
into their showy pens?
Our family believed in Jesus Christ,
weekly mass and one pair of sturdy brown
shoes for each kid to last, Amen.
Father Kieser had a lisp.
You are thinners.  Make thacrifices.
Carry your croth.
My mother, for instance,
had my father.  He was heavy.
I had no faith that I would ever
get shoes again this pretty.
I turned eight, nine and ten in them.
And was I proved right because
of my faithlessness?  Surely I believed
in angels over shoulders,
the hushed prayer in the lighted candle.
I'm afraid the kid's a dreamer,
my father said.  He watched me
stroke the cover of the library book
cradled in my arm where a baby doll
didn't.  But Daddy, I've been practicing.
See how I hold on?  I can hold back.
Now watch me walk for all
that will pinch and burn as I
blister my natural to a hobble
for beauty, man, God and beauty.



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M. Nasorri Pavone is a graduate of the English Literature and Creative Writing Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, New Letters, Harpur Palate, Mudfish, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Main Street Rag, DMQ Review, Tiger’s Eye, Quercus Review, La Fovea, Bluestem and elsewhere, with work forthcoming in Quiddity and River Styx.  She is also a script analyst and playwright.  Her play Feeding Time celebrated its world premiere two years ago at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Interview of Christine Redman-Waldeyer |
by Carol Smallwood

1.    Please describe your website and your duties as editor/writer.
In 2008 my youngest son was born.  I was looking to make connections with other writers once I felt I lost the ability (even if it was short term) to physically attend writing workshops, readings and retreats. Thus my idea for a women’s journal was born.  After doing some research I wanted the name of the journal to reflect what I felt about my identity as a woman for better or worse.  The name Adanna is Nigerian and means my father’s daughter. In reality it means a daughter looks like her father physically but I infused it with new meaning…We look/act like our founding fathers and I wanted to talk about that. Adanna accepts all literary genres providing the topic reflects women’s commentary on women’s identity. My website only houses these ideologies but it is the work itself that I publish which speaks to my mission as a founder. As an editor, I am looking for both seasoned and emerging artists who want to participate in the conversation whether they are women or men. The topics do not necessarily have to be new conversations about feminism but I am looking for writers/artists who approach these topics in exciting ways.


2.    Tell us about your career.
I have been teaching at the college level now for fifteen years at various 4-year and community colleges and have spent the last nine years teaching full-time in an urban New Jersey community college. I oversee a journalism program and teach creative writing, composition, and literature. What I love about my job is that students bring new insights to readings and lectures I have done for years so I am always learning.


3. Which recognitions/achievements have encouraged you the most?
In my coursework in the Doctorate of Letters program with Drew University, I was recognized in two of my classes by the designation of Honors. My professor at that time, a Russian-born art critique and author, Arcadi Nebolsine felt my writing and reflection went beyond what the coursework demanded and I was encouraged to keep pursuing my love of writing. That was the beginning of feeling valued for my ability to write and ignited a passion and drive to publish. I’ve since then have had my work published in a number of journals across the country.

4. What writers have influenced you the most?
I think my time in Drew’s program benefited me most. Arcadi Nebolsine approached the topic of how a creation has soul. We discussed both art and novel masterpieces and how the restoration can destroy the creator’s intentions. Of course, there are many poets whose work I adore—Linda Pastan, Conrad Aiken, Mark Strand, Lucille Clifton, Alicia Ostriker to name a few.


5. How has the Internet benefited you?
When I was working on my thesis years ago, my research and interview contacts were done the old-fashioned way but today, there is this global community. I’m in touch with writers around the world who purchase and read Adanna and who publish in Adanna. I would not have met or heard of any of these emerging writers had it not been for the Internet. Really it has changed everything.


6. What classes have helped you the most?
I try to attend Maria Gillan’s getaway retreats as often as I can. She is the director of the Poetry Cultural Center in Paterson, NJ which is part of the college I’m employed at. I have learned more in those weekends over the last nine years that you could learn in a classroom. She ignites our narratives with meaning and places value on our individual voices. Those workshops have been critical I believe to my growth.

7. What advice would you give others?
To turn a deaf ear to critics who aren’t there to see you succeed. Unfortunately I have sat in workshops where members were cruel in their responses to other members’ works. Walk away when you find yourself in groups that don’t offer support or have elitist views. Find a group that will want to see you grow and succeed. It’s critical to how you feel about yourself as a writer.


8. What is your favorite quotation? “ I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.”  --Nikki Giovanni


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Christine Redman-Waldeyer is a poet and Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Passaic County Community College in New Jersey. She has published three poetry collections, "Frame by Frame", "Gravel", and "Eve Asks" (all with Muse-Pie Press) and has appeared in Schuylkill Valley Journal, The Texas Review, Verse Wisconsin, and others. Her latest credit includes Writing After Retirement: Tips from Successful Retired Writers (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) which she co-edited. Redman-Waldeyer founded Adanna, a literary journal that focuses on women's topics. http://adannajournal.blogspot.com


Carol Smallwood's most recent books include Water, Earth, Air, Fire, and Picket Fences (Lamar University Press, 2014); Divining the Prime Meridian (WordTech Communications, 2015); and Writing After Retirement (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). Carol has founded, supports humane societies.


muddy toes |
by Carl Miller Daniels



i remember long ago, when i was a
skinny messy fucked-up manic depressive
teenage boy,
i used to walk naked
in the wooded hills near our house, way out
in the country.
soon i'd be 
jerking off in the springtime sun
kind of proud of my nice smooth
teenage-boy body
and me feeling all sexy and
sexual and messed-up goofy weird,
not fully aware yet of
exactly what's wrong with
me the manic depression
diagnosis not
official yet, and
me just feeling weird-goofy-sexy
and the smell of my own cum
there in the summertime
sun, me
17, 16,
somewhere
in there.
now, i'm 62, and
i know i was
a mess back then, suicide
attempts hadn't happened
yet, but soon would,
dark times ahead,
and yet,
at 62, i'm
thinking 
back to who i was and what
i did and things that i'll
never do again and the person
i'll never be again --
what a god-awful goofy
time, what pain, what
sweet, sweet sorrow.

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The Poet: Carl Miller Daniels lives in the United States. He's not a cowboy, but thinks about them a lot. His poems have appeared in many nice places, including Assaracus, BareBack Magazine, Chiron Review, Citizens for Decent Literature, The Commonline Journal, DNA Magazine, My Favorite Bullet, and Zygote in my Coffee. Daniels has three chapbooks in print.  And his first full-length book, Gorilla Architecture, was recently published by Interior Noise Press.  His next full-length book, Saline, is in the works, also at Interior Noise Press.  Daniels and his partner, Jon (aka "the sweetest man in the world"), have lived together for over 30 years. And, if you wanted to see a couple photos of Daniels, you could click here: http://www.myfavoritebullet.com/PP_DanielsCarlMiller.html

The Artist: Allen Forrest's work is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh. Allen Forrest can be found at his website or on twitter

Ann McCauley’s interview with Todd McClimans

Todd McClimans is the author of Time Traitor, available on Amazon.com

A.M. How do you find/make time to write?

T.M.  I’ve found that I have to be opportunistic with my writing time.  It wouldn’t be possible without the encouragement of my wonderful, understanding wife. 

My usual writing time is late night, after my kids go to bed and I can get some peace.  I still remember the moment that I was hired as an assistant principal six years ago.  I knew that I would be busier than ever with work, so it was a make-or-break moment for my writing.  I set writing times and kept them as religiously as possible. 

A.M. Do you get ideas for your stories from history books? How do you manage the research to make it seem so accurate?

T.M. I fell in love with history as a fifth grade teacher.  Our curriculum had me teaching about the Revolutionary War, so I did a lot of research on my own so I could present it accurately to my students.  Back then, my usual writing genre was fantasy.  I never thought about writing an historical novel.  But I loved to incorporate historical fiction books in my teaching, but, other than Johnny Tremain (which I love), I had trouble finding historical fiction for kids about the Revolutionary War.  So, years later, I decided to write my own.  One of my aims with Time Traitor was to provide a novel that teachers can use in the classrooms to get students interested in history.  I had to make it as historically accurate as possible (except for the whole time travel thing ), so the research was necessary…but fun, too. 


A.M. It is impressive that you seemed to discover the power of history through reaching out to your fifth graders. How long did it take you to write Time Traitor?

T.M. I spent a few months planning the novel and researching, then about six months on the first draft.  Revising is my FAVORITE part of writing, so I spent another eighteen months doing more research and re-writing over and over again.  I’d still be at it, but I knew it was time to get it out of my hands or else I’d be re-writing forever.  


A.M. How many books do you envision in the Time series?

T.M. I don’t have a ceiling identified.  I’d love to continue to walk the story through American history, showing kids some of the amazing events and people who have made our country great.  I’ve finished drafting a sequel that takes Kristi and Ty along the Underground Railroad in 1858 and I’ve started researching and planning another one set during the Civil War.  I’m also marinating some ideas about the transcontinental railroad, the world wars, and the Civil Rights movement. 

A.M. Are you familiar with the I Survived series? It is geared to involve middle school students in first person history experiences also but not through time travel.

T.M. I am familiar with them, but I haven’t read any yet.  I see many of my students with them in classes and they seem to be high-interest and well done. 

A.M. Are you available to for school/library visits to speak about Time Traitor?

T.M. I LOVE doing school and library visits.  It’s so exciting to get in front of a group of students and talk about the wonders of writing and story-telling.  It’s too easy to bog young writers down with the dreaded red pen and too much of a focus on conventions.  Spelling and grammar are boring!  The joy of writing comes from telling stories, making readers laugh, or cry, or cringe at an unexpected twist.  Kids can do that if you let them.  The spelling and grammar will come in re-writes.

I’m a very enthusiastic presenter and I find that much of that enthusiasm rubs off on young readers and writers.  You wouldn’t believe some of the great stories that kids have written and sent to me after I’ve done lessons with them.


A.M. Are there any other pertinent thoughts on the series, writing process, etc. that you would like to share?


T.M. I’d just like to restate what I said early.  Writing is fun if you let it be.  I have a saying that I use when I present to kids, stolen from Smokey the Bear.  I call myself Smokey the Writer and tell the kids (in a deep, ominous voice), “Only you can prevent boring writing.”  Let loose and write to have fun.  Write about what you know, what you love.  Write a story (or letter, or essay, or reader’s response) that you would want to read.  Try out fancy words and stretch yourself.  Finally, don’t be afraid to revise and re-write.  There isn’t a successful author out there who writes something great the first time.  True writing comes in the re-writing and making your story better 

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Todd McClimans loves history, a former history teacher who wants to instill his love of history to elementary and middle grade students. He is an elementary school administrator in the Red Lion School District in York, PA. He’s married and the father of three lively young children. You can find his book, Time Traitor, here.

Ann McCauley is the author of Runaway Grandma, (2007), and Mother Love, (Revised-2012). She’s also a contributor to the anthologies, Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing, (2012), Writing After Retirement, (2014). She does freelance writing; her work has been published in magazines, journals and newspapers.  Ann has degrees in Nursing, Psychology, and a Master’s in Creative Writing.  Learn more about Ann at annmccauley.com and follow her on Facebook.


To Plath, With Love |
by Nikita Parik

In those moments of innocent ecstasy
I could feel you
Slither Inside of me,
Possessing me,
Benumbing my senses
With your Genius.


The first time I bled through your ‘cut’,
I was thirteen; at nineteen I fell in love
With your fire;
For there isn’t enough water in the world
To extinguish your fire


Or mine, for that matter.


To me, we’re like dreams
Floating through College Street,
.. Sometimes staying suspended in the ‘substanceless blue’
Observing.
Always observing.
You take me by the hand and guide my way
(For I are like poorly constructed sentences
Born out of puberty’s pen)


To me, we’re also like
Misplaced transferred epithets,
(Or even vague metaphors,
I’m not too sure)
Existing, yet *unexisting
Like asterisked words.



(We were like dreams
Floating through College Street,
Sometimes staying suspended in the ‘substanceless blue’,
Observing
Always observing.)


You still haunt my noonday dreams
With ‘Every woman adores a fascist’.
I’d never know why you said that,


Or Would I?



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The Poet: Nikita Parik is a 21 year old poet from Calcutta, India. She holds a Bachelors degree in English from the University of Calcutta, and is currently pursuing Masters in Linguistics from the same reputed university. Her works have appeared in Femficatio, Blackmail Press, Efiction India, A Billion Stories, and The Voices, and she awaits publication in the anthology "Dampen to Bend" by Coal and Femficatio Publishing.
The Artist: Luka Fisher recently had his work featured in Headmaster Magazine where Ihebecame the first visual artist to tackle the "headmaster saga". This summer he produced a goth/punk rock record for Terminal A, which you can find here. Here is an interview with them. Luka also appeared in a rather bizarre music video. This fall, he had a retrospective of his work from the past 14 years. Here is a video of the opening night.