Editors’ Choices, Feb 18-24, “Waking,” by Leigh Allen and “Van Gogh in Love,” by Ann Howells

Pressing on in attitude and behavior can be a supreme affirmation. Leigh Allen shows how with this weeks’ Editors’ Choice, Waking – Leigh Allen. To watch Leigh read her piece, please visit: Panoply’s Facebook Page.


Also enjoy our second Editors’ Choice for the week, Van Gogh in Love – Ann Howells, an amusing “look back” with Vincent in soliloquy or via a recently-discovered diary entry.

Ann Howells

For earlier Issue 5 Editors’ Choice, click here: Midnight Garden Walk, Key West – Katherine GekkerThe Merchant Marine’s Lover – Matthew SchmeerPunishment for Moral Deviation – Jude Marr  and Second Daughter Song – Jody Burke-Kaiser.

Issue 5, Winter, 2016/7


Photo by Andrea Walker

What a way to start 2017! We’re thrilled and honored to publish Issue 5 of Panoply, featuring works from 25 US States and 6 foreign countries. We hope you enjoy the variety once again, as Issue 5 includes poems about kissing, pregnancy, protests, politics, homages to artists and musicians, humor in many forms, recovery and redemption, some fascinating steps back in time, colorful character sketches, and more. There’s even a ditty about “breakfast cereal!” As usual, we thank our talented, visionary, and courageous contributors.

Remember that Issue 6 will be themed: Daylight. More on that as we move forward. In the meantime, enjoy Issue 5 with our compliments!

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May this year bring you joy, peace, wisdom, and good health!

Andrea, Jeff, and Ryn, Editors

Contents, Issue 5

After Her Father DiedMaria Pascualy
After Visiting the Lourdes of LebanonCW Emerson
The Alternative EndingCatharine Bramkamp
CatPaul Vaughan
Cheering the Ponies w/GodMike Jurkovic
The CondoPetrula Laudato
County FairJames Penha
Cry Havoc and Let SlipJennifer Highland
Discovery — 30th street, 2:56 PMBen Rader
Dog Day CigaretteAlec Solomita
Exploring the Mountain RangeMartin Willitts, Jr.
From the Back PorchSharon Scholl
The GuestRowena Cooper
Harbor MnemosyneCaroline Simpson
HereKendalyn McKisick
How to Keep Your Hungry Ghost FedC Derick Varn
I Just Got BackGeorgia Park
If I Had a Way…Ndaba Sibanda
If Maps Were HummingbirdsShankar Narayan
In Search of MeaningJan Wiezorek
Jackass Flats – Larisa Harriger
JaggedRobert Beveridge
JubileeDaniel Fitzpatrick
KissCarolyn Martin
Letter from the Great GrandchildrenKen Poyner
Life in the Past LaneAlan Harris
LurkLinda Bonafield
May 6, 988William Allegrezza, Garin Cycholl, Kirk Robinson
The Merchant Marine’s LoverMatthew Schmeer
Midnight Garden Walk, Key WestKatherine Gekker
Near the MineDustin Pickering
New York Love PoemDaryl Sznyter
Night Sitting Seth Jani
November NightsDeonte Osayande
Old PhotographsSteve Klepetar
Old Woman in a Dry SeasonClaire Scott
On the Inclines of a DuneThomas Erickson
Pregnancy PantoumKari Flickinger
Prometheus Charlotte Pocock
Punishment for Moral DeviationJude Marr
Raison d’Etre BranNick Romeo
RefusalSandra Kohler
Retire to the NetherlandsWilliam Auten
Rhetorical/WaitingNate Maxson
Second Daughter SongJody Burke-Kaiser
Sliver of SunlightLois Marie Harrod
Take TwoJim Ross
Teach Me to FloatAshanti Anderson
TechniqueDennis Caswell
Third Stool from the EndJB Mulligan
The Third TrimesterMinna Dubin
A Thousand Voices LongScott Wiggerman
Va cantandoSusanna Lang
Van Gogh in LoveAnn Howells
Waking Leigh Allen
What the Rain ForgotJames Walton
What We NeedLea Galanter
Your Inevitable GhostWilliam Doreski

Thank You and Happy New Year!

As we turn to 2017, we’d like to thank Tobi Alfier and Rachel Reese for their generous donations to help keep Panoply going. Thanks also to Tracy Mishkin and Carolyn Martin. Panoply blooms with wonderful writing, nourishing its readers all over the world. It runs on cash because “bandwidth ain’t cheap.” So we thank our donors and wish everyone a fine ending to 2016 and all the best the new year promises.

Look for Issue 5 to appear on January 6. We’ll be publishing over 50 works of art from a diversity of voices from 24 US States (including our first from Arkansas and Kansas), Australia, England, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and Senegal. And don’t forget that Issue 6 will be themed: Daylight.

Best wishes,
Andrea, Jeff, and Ryn

Issue 6 Will Be Themed


Announcing our first themed issue for Panoply! Issue 6, scheduled to appear in the spring, will be based on the theme of daylight. We will seek submissions based on the theme. Somehow, daylight must enter into the poem, as a character, setting, motif, metaphor, etc.

We’re posting this note now as a head’s-up so that submissions follow the guidelines, thereby minimizing and even preventing misunderstanding and frustration. Thanks for your compliance! Keep in mind that we will not post our Call for Submissions for Issue 6 until around the end of February.

We plan to publish Issue 5 on January 6, 2017. We’re finishing up reading and evaluating the work we’ve received. It promises to be an abundant joy, filled with a diversity of sparklers from many gifted writers. (If you’ve submitted but have not heard from us, please be patient, as we expect to complete our evaluations and feedback in a week.)

As usual, we thank you for your support and wish you the best in your artistic endeavors. Happy Holidays!

Andrea, Jeff, and Ryn, Editors

This Year’s Pushcart Prize Nominees!

We’re honored, proud, and thrilled to announce our first-ever nominees for the Pushcart Prize. Quite a diversity in voice, subject matter, and form. Among all the wonderful, uplifting work we received, we encourage you to read the fine work by our nominees and wish them well:

Caravan with Summer Skies – Tobi Alfier

Tobi Alfier

Tobi Alfier, Issue 3

Good Girl – Emma Bolden


Emma Bolden, Issue 2

Rooms by the Sea -Elina Petrova


Elina Petrova, Issue 2

Screaming Jay Hawkins and Me in Our Prime – Mike Jurkovic

Mike Jurkovic

Mike Jurkovic, Issue 2

Two Cranes on a Snowy Pine – Robert Okaji

Robert Okaji

Robert Okaji, Issue 3

Wings Clipped – Rachel Dacus

Rachel Dacus

Rachel Dacus, Issue 4