It’s December, and we’re happier than a chickadee on a peanut-buttered pinecone to present the perfect read for the shortest day of the year: an all-poetry-and-flash issue. Some of these pieces invest ordinary settings―a grocery store, a movie theater, a kitchen―with a remarkable sense of place. Others go for striking imagery―a scorched Venetian mask, a spinning pie, a black balloon. This month’s cover collage is from Renaissance woman Deanne Richards.
To avoid ruining a quick but intensely memorable read with a long-winded introduction, I will conclude by observing that Issue 73 would pair well with a crackling fire and a warm slice of gingerbread.