Upcoming Posting Schedule

Hello Panoply world!

As usual, we thank you for submitting, reading, sharing, and so on. Through our 10 issues, we’ve been enriched by the global contributions and receptivity this little venture has sparked. 

In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of our upcoming schedule:

Nov 18  End of the Call for Submissions for Issue 11, at 11:59 pm US Central time. (See our previous post for details. There’s still time to enter!)

Nov 23  Review of Lauren Davis’ debut chapbook, “Each Wild Thing’s Consent.” It’s quite stunning, stay tuned.

Nov 30  Announcement of our Pushcart Prize nominations for 2018. (We’ve already sent them to the nominating committee, but have not divulged them yet.)

Dec 7   Our final Editors’ Choice from Issue 10. 

Dec 8   (approx) Editors meeting to determine which pieces submitted will be accepted for Issue 11 and choose the contest winners. While there may be a few notifications of acceptance before then, we will not have chosen the prize winners until then.

Jan 5   Issue 11 posted, including the winners and all other pieces chosen for the issue.

We hope you enjoy the remainder of 2018 and wish everyone the best of the upcoming holiday season. Thanks for supporting Panoply!

Best wishes,
Andrea, Jeff, and Ryn

Announcing Our First-Ever Contest!


After 10 successful issues featuring a wide array of fine writing ranging from debuts to Pushcart Prize nominees and even a Pulitzer nominee, we’re pleased to offer our first contest.

The theme is “UNTAMED.” Feel free to interpret it broadly.

The entry fee is $10 via PayPal. (See the form at panoplyzine.submittable.com/submit.)

First prize earns $200; second $100; third $50. We will select additional pieces for Issue 11, which is planned for publication on or about January 4, 2019.

We plan to close the Call window at 11:59 pm US Central time on Sunday, November 18.

The decision of the judges is final.

Pieces will be accepted on their merits. Please limit submissions to 3 items per issue (poetry and prose considered as separate entries). For prose, please limit your submission to one piece only, maximum 500 words. We read 100% blind, so do not include your name or any other identifying information.

Please do not submit previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are ok, but please let us know promptly if your work has been accepted elsewhere.  We generally do not notify submitters until after the submission period has closed and all pieces have been reviewed.

Submit one MS WORD document in .doc or .docx with each piece beginning on a new page. Do not include your name or any other identifying information. Instead, submit a separate cover page with your contact information, the name(s) of the piece(s), and a biography of 60 words or less. Please use a popular font such as Calibri, Arial, or Times New Roman, 12 point. We prefer single-spaced formats, except when alternate spacing is a deliberate part of the layout.

Please submit here:  Panoply’s Submittable Page.

Hard copy will not be accepted and will be destroyed. We adhere strictly to our deadline (US Central time zone). Any submissions received after 11:59 pm of the closing date for the Call will be automatically rolled into the next submission period for consideration. Thanks for thinking of panoplyzine.com!

Editors’ Choice, October 19-25, “Kilter,” by Mercedes Lawry

We’re pleased to feature our first “pure” prose Editors’ Choice, this fine work by Mercedes Lawry. Such agony and tragedy here; we’re reminded how craftsmanship directs the mind to an unforgettable destination.


It is the dark clouds sudsing to the east that prick her mind, rouse the clatter to go out and down the road past the yellow cottage and further on the path to the river rushing with spring rains and snowmelt, a loud set of syllables issuing from the water in a tumbled voice, glissando of hushed chaos, the rocks quiet and smoothing with each passage. She is unforgiven, by herself as well as the others, losing the child to the moon’s grasp on a night she sweated ale in a damp bed, forgotten the ruined field and the toils and the rot of the roof, the despair and then, even the child. Time had enough of her and she the same as all the hours were brittle. A soul was unable to continue without at least a morsel of calm or hope or relief and she had none. She entered the river without pause and was found several days later with no lamentation or prayer. Who’s to say the best way to end such a story and whether it’s all the same, this or that, and if her bones are whispering in the churchyard a few feet from those of her child and if there’s an answer back.

Mercedes LawryMercedes Lawry has previously published short fiction/prose in several journals including: Gravel, Blotterature, Cleaver, Gambling the Aisle and Thrice Fiction (as well as Panoplyzine). She was a semi-finalist in The Best Small Fictions 2016. For many years, she has been publishing poetry in journals such as Poetry, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner and others. She has a book forthcoming from Twelve Winters Press in 2018 and her chapbook In the Early Garden with Reason just won the WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest, judged by Molly Peacock and is available on Amazon. Additionally, she has published stories and poems for children.

For more Editors’ Choices, please visit:
All Saint’s Day, Saint Mary’s Basilica – Tobi Alfier
Self-Portrait with Bandage – 1889 – Ann Howells
For Me, Talking with God – Sarah Dickenson Snyder
Monet’s Portrait of His Wife on Her Deathbed – Robin Wright

Issue 10, Summer-Fall 2018

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Join us in celebrating our newest issue. Buoyed by the continuous flow of fine work we have received over the years, we’re refreshed and fulfilled to offer Issue 10.  

Panoply continues to evolve. We added a guest editor and somewhat tightened up our requirements for inclusion. We have always striven to be inclusive rather than exclusive, but found ourselves overwhelming our readers! We’ve had to turn aside so much worthy work. This was a painful if undesired and unplanned conclusion. Penance aside, we’re thrilled and uplifted to bring you Issue 10. Even with our changes, we continue to read blind, focusing on the writing, not the writer. We relish the results and hope you do too.

Look for more innovations soon; we have a few editorial and publishing tricks up our sleeves. And of course, we’ll be posting Editors’ Choices shortly, followed by our nominations for the Pushcart Prize. 

As usual, we thank our contributors and readers, who keep this going, both as a tangible result and as a spiritual journey. Peace and love,

Andrea, Emily, Jeff, and Ryn


43 Howland Street Samn Stockwell
All Saint’s Day, Saint Mary’s BasilicaTobi Alfier
AnastasiaPatricia Nelson
And Down the Street Was the ArmoryTyler Simnick
Are We Not Acceptable, Moon?Mark Kerstetter
Bad MammoMeg Files
Business CasualBruce Robinson
香烟 CigaretteAndrew Slugantz
CurveballBrittani Rable
The Danube is Not BlueIrene Fick
Doubt’s ShadowDavid Aghram
FactDaniel Dissinger
Flood Cough Case 34671, CDC Report, Accomack County, VA Following Hurricane _____.Stephen Scott Whitaker
For Me, Talking with GodSarah Dickenson Snyder
ForeshadowingCarol Deering
The GardenerEmily Vizzo
Getting Gunned (Life as a Female Prison Psychologist)Patricia Black-Gould
Group TherapyLogo Wei
Heart EventsHowie Good
The HoboJacob Butlett
ImprintRaymond Byrnes
A Jolly Day on Route 95Francine Witte
Kyoto After RainPeter Scacco
KilterMercedes Lawry
LakeviewJennifer Wholey
The Last Passerine and the Shadow of Unknown TreesJonathan  Andrew Perez
Medusa UnboundIssa Lewis
Monet’s Portrait of His Wife on Her DeathbedRobin Wright
My Niece is at the University (University College of Swansea, Wales, 1960)Robert Nisbet
No Songs About This Childhoodstephanie roberts
Not a Japanese PoemScott F. Parker
Notes from a hospital visit, necessarily in verseJudith Arcana
Offshore in a PaddleboatSB Merrow
Old South Carriage ToursGianna Russo
Pictures of AsphodelDavid Bankson
PKD, A VisitationJacob Borchardt
QuestionnaireFrancine Witte
RadioMaximilian Heinegg
SalvageLaurinda Lind
Sawtooth Mountains, 2017Allison Campbell
Scale ModelNate Maxson
Self-Portrait with Bandage – 1889Ann Howells
Shakespeare’s LustBrenda Yates
SkimmingOlivia Kiers
The Women Who Made HarpsichordsCon Chapman
You, The MarbleLeah Baker
Youth Is the Only Covenant We Can Never KeepPaulie Lipman

Review of Stephanie L. Harper’s Chapbook, “This Being Done”


Photo by Matthew Harper

Published by Finishing Line Press
ISBN 978-1-63534-551-3 (anticipated)
31 pages

The book is available for order via https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/this-being-done-by-stephanie-l-harper/  (cover price is $14.99), and is scheduled to ship on (or about) July 13, at which time it will also be available through Ingram Book Group (i.e., Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc.).

Review submitted by Andrea Walker
June 2018

When I finished my first reading of Stephanie L. Harper’s chapbook This Being Done, I exhaled and thought this is amazing. I enjoyed the seventeen poems for their imaginative language, the insight into self and others they offer, and their expression of wonder and pain. Although each poem is different in style and subject matter, threads run throughout, introduced in one poem, then surprising the reader by showing up in another seemingly unrelated poem.

Harper’s opening poem “How to Be a Malacologist” echoes of Ann Sexton’s “Courage.” “Remember when your child’s heart led your head . . .” While Sexton leads the reader to think of life’s small events that require courage, Harper’s speaker looks back in wonder at one childhood phase, the discovery and awareness brought about by the study of a mollusk. To “pull yourself outside-in,” becomes clear on a later page in “Brave.”

In the unlikely ekphrastic “Anatomy of a Fustercluck” the speaker describes the annoying way spectators flock to a crime scene, morbidly curious, creating a toxic environment of speculation. Throughout the poem, she extends a bird metaphor with words like “flock,” “pecking order,” and “stork’s swift delivery,” cleverly alluding to the title. This amusing poem concludes with the insightful observation “Meanwhile, that blond-haired man . . . pacing this whole time on the cluster’s fringe . . . If you ask me, he’s as guilty as the day is long.”

There is much to do in this collection with nature, and another thread of connection includes references to birds and bees. Sometimes the poems seem linked like “Fight or Flight” to “Brave.” Several poems have instances of watching: from a hidden place in “Fight or Flight” to the desperate suggestion that “Somebody should be watching!” in “Brave.”

From “Prologue to My Birth” Harper honors (or questions) her history and our history all the way back to ancient times. Subtle allusions to the “Divine Queen,” “fairytales of heavenly salvation,” “Life that was severed from our psyches when it was reduced to a Word and uttered bereft of melody—” connect one creation story to a different one. Again, we have themes of nature, of birds and bees woven into the memory of the speaker.

Three poems about children grouped together address passions of motherhood. “Matthew in the Fountain” eternalizes a moment of his childhood along with the almost unbearable love of the mother as the toddler plays “In the spray’s scattering of afternoon rays.” “In Response to My 13-Year-Old Daughter’s Letter,” the bird shows up again, this time in the form of “the white dove of sarcasm.” “How to Take an Amazing Photo of a Solar Eclipse,” epic in scope, illustrates how every event is built on preceding events. The compounding effect of years of moments, of raising children, and the brutality of ignorance shows nothing happens spontaneously. The speaker admonishes herself to “strain . . . to grasp how his world is wholly un-glossed over by super-imposed paradigms.” These poems of motherhood express unending awe and awareness.

The children poems segue into “An Elegy to Birds & Bees.” Here is the phrase that becomes the collection’s title This Being Done. Remembering that an elegy is typically a lament to the dead, the reader must ponder and decide what is being done. “In this breath of finality” the reader travels from scenes of the children to “the relentlessly heavy gnawing red slough of losing myself to nothing for nothing” and “untold stories.”

The most difficult story in the collection, “Brave” is a heartbreaking narrative of childhood fear, deprivation, sexual assault, trying to get away, of those who should be watching, and eventually of fighting back. Here the reader is connected back to “Fight or Flight.”

Most of the poetry in this collection is free verse. However, written in iambic pentameter cinquains, “Rhapsody in Bone” flows naturally with ease recounting a tragic folk tale. Legendary in content, the eleven-stanza poem tells the story of a maiden drowned “beneath the frozen fathoms of the sea” whose “body belts a rhapsody.”

In a collection of quite serious subject matter, “Instead” sums up the essence of and passion for writing, as writers try to coax meaning onto the page. Universally, though, the poem can show anyone’s passion for anything. Where there is passion, the mundane is often neglected.

Interpretation of poetry is often up to the reader because poetry is valid when an idea is stated or implied that is meaningful to the reader. This Being Done develops the sensitivities, whether joyful or maddening, that the human condition bestows upon us. Harper’s amazing poems will wring you out.

Stephanie HarperStephanie L. Harper grew up in California, attended college in Iowa and Germany, completed graduate studies and gave birth to her first child in Wisconsin, and lives with her husband and children in Oregon.



To read previous chapbook reviews, please visit:

Previous Chapbook Reviews

Issue 9, Spring/Summer, 2018, Themed: “Adam and Eve, Observations on Men and/or Women”

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Photo courtesy of Andrea Walker

We hope you enjoy this issue of Panoply. We told you we’d interpret the theme broadly. And along with our submitters, we did! Some clear Biblical allusions appear, complemented by far-ranging discussions of one or both genders. Some angst, some play, some tenderness, all good stuff! As usual, we thank our submitters, contributors, donors, and readers.

Issue 10 is due in August and will be un-themed. Look for a chapbook review in late June. We also have a surprise announcement upcoming, so stay tuned.

If you like what you see, please consider making a donation. Just click the PayPal link in the right-hand margin. We appreciate your support! Don’t forget to Like our Facebook page: Panoply Facebook Page.

Best wishes always,
Andrea, Jeff, and Ryn, Editors



About Your Topaz – William Doreski
After the Fire – Leah Mueller
The Anthology – Evgenia Jen Baranova
The Apple’s Tale – Judith Montgomery
Brand New Mr. Baptist – Ailin Luca
Dead for Beauty – Rachel Dacus
Dear Adam, – Elaine Mintzer
Dissipate – Steve Gerson
The Engagement – Morrow Dowdle
Eve – Sneha Subramanian Kanta
For Mr. and Mrs. D. – Angela Kubinec
From Those Who Came BeforeShawn Aveningo Sanders
The Gift Horse – David Allen Sullivan
Glancing Back – Robert Manaster
He Left the Cabin Angry – Gudrun Bortman
Joanne Recalls the Last Real Sunday – John Grey
Let’s Say – Bruce Robinson
Little Red-Haired Skater – Ann Howells
Liz Taylor’s Talents – Sean Murphy
Midnight at the Keyboard – Cat Dixon
Millennial Pink (Undergrad Indigo) – Laura Maria Grierson
Morning – Sam Gilpin
Mother, Dark and Near – Lauren Davis
My Faith – Tricia Knoll
My lover tells me how to move my hands – Megan Merchant
Native – Heather Truett
No Verse, There is None – Leigh Holland
Overheard – Jeff Burt
Pastoral – Kevin Rippin – Editors’ Choice
Polarity – Kalehua Kim
Ravenous – Tom Laichas – Editors’ Choice
Red – Tomas Kurth
Red Wallpaper – Ron Burch – Editors’ Choice
Rembrandt’s Woman Bathing (1654) – Carol Henrikson – Editors’ Choice
Sarah Schulman – David M. Harris
The Sermon – Robert Nisbet
Shakti Appears – Ian Be
stardust – ali lanzetta
Still Life as Poem #2 – Michael Dwayne Smith – Editors’ Choice
This is What a Young Man Looks Like When His Heart is Full GrownLois Roma-Deeley
Turn for theWorse – Paul Reyns
Valentine’s Day – William Wells
The Weekends are Long Without You – Henry Giovannetti
Without Explanation – Carol V. Davis

Issue 8, Winter 2017-8


Happy New Year to our friends in the literary community! We hope you passed the holidays in fine fashion and are looking forward to a wonderful 2018. We sure are! And to kick it off in style, we’re honored and proud to present Issue 8. Once again, it’s chock full of artistry, beauty, and fine craft from a wide array of writers. (Oddly but proudly, we boast a few pieces about fathers, particularly fathers and their tools. But not all are paeans!) We thank you for your interest in Panoply and hope you enjoy Issue 8!

If you like what you see, please consider a donation. Just use the PayPal link located in the right margin.Feel free to like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/panoplyzine/

Best wishes,
Andrea, Jeff, and Ryn, Co-Editors

Table of Contents

AcceptanceMark Mansfield
The Ambassador of MirrorsRay Marsocci
and you, little birdLisa Reily
Another Massacre and Driving Home (after Nazim Hikmet)Patricia Nelson
Biscayne Bay Lies Still, Like GlassDavid Colodney – Editors’ Choice
Celebrity CelibacyCarl “Papa” Palmer
Civilization in the Here and NowJohn Grey
Conversations with WaterTyrek Greene
A Day from the WindowAlexander Menachem
Dear DadEmily Gates – Editors’ Choice
DepartureSue Scavo
Dinner Time in the Alzheimer’s WingSherri Wright
Driving Down the Mountain at SunsetLaura L. Mays Hoopes
ElementalAlan Girling
EmptySteve Gerson
Evening WalkJoan Mazza
Fado: The Missing KeyJoe Amaral
A Father’s ShovelFrank Babcock
The God KvasirBill Garten
Grit: The Resilience of New YorkersKathleen A. Lawrence
The HailJacob Butlett – Editors’ Choice
The HarrowBill Newby – Editors’ Choice
HelsinkiRobert Okaji
HiddenHannah Rousselot
How to Be a MalacologistStephanie L. Harper
In the Heaven of HopscotchAnne Higgins
In the Orcan FieldMichael Cooper
In the Women’s Locker RoomCarolyn Martin
Intersection, Midtown Atlanta Jude Marr
It Wasn’t YouSarah Brown Weitzman
KneesSandra Lindow
A Lasting RhymeRichard King Perkins II
Leaving LouisianaGeorge Such
MimaropaMichael Mira
MorticianSteven Wojtowicz
Mother TongueToti O’Brien
My GodIon Corcos
A New Hope for a New ZionCharles McCaskill –Editors’ Choice
On Meeting Plato in Fairview Cemetery, Council BluffsRobert Klein Engler
Osoberry, OverripePaula Persoleo
Passing ByIrene Fick
Penny/HeartJames Croal Jackson
The Poison Garden at Alnwick CastleWilliam Reichard
PortLaura Madeline Wiseman
The PrairieBridget Fertal
PrayerDarian Kuxhouse
Rite of PassageSusan Holck
Scholars HenceMike Jurkovic
Scratch in My ThroatHannah A’Enene
SkyscapeEmman Usman Shehu
Some Things Must Be Believed to Be SeenKevin Brown
Stripping Scrap WireMichael VanCalbergh
Surviving SnappersEd McCourt
Toy ParkBeau Boudreaux
TruncatedDevon Balwit
Van Gogh’s Sunflowers Ann Howells – Editors’ Choice
The WardrobeGareth Culshaw
When Someone DiesCarla Schwartz
When We Were TogetherColton McLaughlin
The WolvesAlexandra Gaines

AdjacentMercedes Lawry
FireNancy Tingley
FlaviaLinda McMullen
Fishy VisceraTee Linden
If I Could Tell YouRachel Inberg
Iowa’s PromiseChila Woychik
A LetterLeonardo Boix
Mother (Inspired by Grace Paley)Diane Gottlieb
MotivationRobert L. Penick
Open Letter, Open Sea, Open LoveChristopher Stolle
PeachesHal Ackerman
ResistanceTony Burnett
Speculative Real EstateJen Sage-Robison
TwelveScott Zeigler
The Whole Goddamn ThingHowie Good