Tuesday May 21

MegTuite2012 So we got the wood-burning stove going this month. Had a bit of snow today in the desert. And they actually have special IPA’s this time of year on tap at various establishments around the city. Quite nice! Here are a few beauties of November’s past:

Sylvia Plath reading ‘November Graveyards’


My November Guest
         Robert Frost

My Sorrow, when she's here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.

Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She's glad the birds are gone away,
She's glad her simple worsted grey
Is silver now with clinging mist.

The desolate, deserted trees,
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.

Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell her so,
And they are better for her praise

Tom Waits: ‘November’

And mid-November brings more great writers to Connotation Press. Here are the fiction writers in this issue:

Annam Manthiram is our featured fiction writer in this issue with her exceptional story, “Asha Ma.” Find out more about Annam and her future projects in our interview.
Michael C. Keith is a phenomenon. “With a Push of a Button,” he has transported us through all the emotions: heartbreaking and frightening in a modern Kafkaesque tale.

Dan Coxon blasts us with three unforgettable flash stories, “Water Music,” “Sea Shanty,” and “This is the Part.” Keep those cartoon flies at my back!

Faye Rapoport DesPres delivers another heart wrenching story, “The Old Man,” as we realize what we give can sometimes feel inadequate, never enough.

Paul Beckman gives us three outstanding flash pieces, “Mother’s Helper,” “Pro & Con,” and “Wrinkles.” LOVE these!

Mary Stein takes me down a wormhole in “At the Waldenbooks in Quincy, Illinois.” I treasure her protagonist, Davis!

You won’t forget this November after reading this group of stellar writers.

Thank you all for sending Connotation Press some of your pure brilliance.