Preview of Issue 10

To whet your appetite for Issue 10, we’re providing a preview here. We’ve got some Asian influence, one piece modeled after Ann Sexton, ones alluding to Medusa, Monet,  Shakespeare and Anastasia, Tsarina of Russia, a revelation from a prison psychologist, a subtle but touching memory of 9/11, hospital settings and pastorals, love, loss, and grief, and more!

Please indulge our obsession with statistics. Here’s a prosaic, analytical look at Issue 10:

  • 26 women, 21 men
  • 23 US states (CA  and NY 6, MA 4, FL, VA, and TX 3)
  • 2 foreign countries, Canada and Wales
  • 12 returning contributors

Thanks to all of our contributors: David Aghram, Tobi Alfier, Judith Arcana, Leah Baker, David Bankson, Patricia Black-Gould, Jacob Borchardt, Jacob Butlett, Raymond Byrnes, Con Chapman, Carol Deering, Daniel Dissinger, Irene Fick, Meg Files, Howie Good, Max Heinneg, Ann Howells, Mark Kerstetter, Olivia Kiers, Issa Lewis, Paulie Lipman, Nate Maxson, SB Merrow, Robert Nisbet, Scott F. Parker, Jonathan Perez, Laurie Petersen, Brittani Rable, stephanie roberts, Bruce Robinson, Gianna Russo, Peter Scacco, Tyler Simnick, Andrew Slugantz, Sarah Snyder, Samn Stockwell, Emily Vizzo, Logan Wei, Stephen Scott Whitaker, Francine Witte, Jennifer Wholey, Robin Wright, Brenda Yates.

We hope you enjoy Issue 10 and thank you for your interest in Panoply. Consider Liking our Facebook page.


Jeff Santosuosso, Editor-in-Chief
Ryn Holmes and Andrea Walker, Editors
Emily Proctor, Guest Editor

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  (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.,, 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

Editors’ Choice, June 15-21, “Rembrandt’s Woman Bathing (1654),” by Carol Henrikson

(We were unable to produce a video reading of this piece. However, the subject of this ekphrastic poem appears below.) 

Good art tells a story. Great art suggests them, inviting the receiver to interpret. And so it goes with this suspenseful piece by Carol Henrikson. Together, the painting and the poem build to a crescendo of drama.


In darkness at the water’s edge,
Hendrickje drops
her heavy dress
behind her on
the bank, and glowing
in a white chemise,
her hair pulled loosely back,
steps in.  The light
that lights her face,
the cloth, her sturdy
body, in this moment
of imbalance, perfect grace,
seems not to shine
from any outer source —
is not the moon’s —
but seems to come
from Rembrandt knowing,
painting her as
she looks down
into the water, gazes
through to something
in that shimmering,
that darkness,
with a smile
that’s almost
imperceptible: Hendrickje
secretly is carrying their child.

New HenriksonCarol Henrikson lives in Vermont, writes, paints has taught poetry classes at the Montpelier Senior Center, and has worked as a personal care assistant for the elderly, presently works in the Vt. College of Fine Arts bookstore. She has published in some places – Georgia Review, Southern Humanities review, Bloodroot, Clover, Vermont Magazine; has a (long ago) VT Council on the Arts competition-co-winner chapbook called The Well and a self-published one (2014) titled Knowing Nothing About Gypsies, done by Outlaw Artist’s Press in Price, Utah. 

To read earlier Editors’ Choices from Issue 9, please visit:
Pastoral – Kevin Rippin
Red Wallpaper – Ron Burch
Ravenous – Tom Laichas
Still Life as Poem #2 – Michael Dwayne Smith

Issue Nine, 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
Polarity – Kalehua Kim
Ravenous – Tom Laichas
Red – Tomas Kurth
Red Wallpaper – Ron Burch
Rembrandt’s Woman Bathing (1654) – Carol Henrikson
Sarah Schulman – David M. Harris
The Sermon – Robert Nisbet
Shakti Appears – Ian Be
stardust – ali lanzetta
Still Life as Poem #2 – Michael Dwayne Smith
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:

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
Celebrity CelibacyCarl “Papa” Palmer
Civilization in the Here and NowJohn Grey
Conversations with WaterTyrek Greene
A Day from the WindowAlexander Menachem
Dear DadEmily Gates
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
The HarrowBill Newby
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
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
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

Issue 7 – Summer, 2017 (Double Issue!)


Issue 7 sets a precedent for Panoply. Actually, a few. The bounty of works here in this double issue is due of course, to a bounty of deserving work by our contributors. We cast a wider net during our calls for submissions, receiving about 3 times our historical norm! You’ll notice a whole section for prose, and as you scroll, some great works by young writers. In fact, we’re proud once again to debut some wonderful new voices (regardless of their age).

Since there’s so much, here are some browsing tips (in order of appearance):

  • Humor – Downgrade, This Isn’t the Story I Intended to Write, The Waffle House Index, Zeng Shangyou
  • Love/Romance – My Lover and I
  • Pastoral/Nature – Looking Down on Newgale Beach, Path, Perfect Rain, Zen Garden at the Museum of Fine Arts
  • Social/Political – Karuizawa Tales, Like a King
  • Edgy – Cage Match, Finals, Stalker in Orange, Tawny Kitten
  • Characters – Dear Harold, Everyday Blessings, Firebrand, A Girl Called Rose, Mrs. Neustead, Prize Fighter, White Sheets, You, Frank & Mia & Me, Heroes, Loving Spoonful, Padlock, Patriots, A Slice of Lemon on the Side
  • Loss/Death – Intuition, Lament, Moth-Hour, Nowhere, South Dakota, Poem for Honduras, Proper Etiquette for the First Year of Mourning, You

As always, we thank our contributors for uplifting us! And we thank our readers for giving us purpose. Feel free to tell your friends and give us feedback! Look for Issue 8 around year-end.

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


The actor who only gets to play a hitmanJonathan Jones
AfterPatricia Anderson
AfterbloomLawdenmarc Decamora
and the crows fallAM Roselli
Astronautics (or, an email I sent to neil degrasse tyson while sitting in whole foods)Lily Tice
The Berryman TrickTim Kahl
camera obscuraClaudia Radmore
CezannePatricia Nelson
Cheri’s Montana Lounge, Chester, MontanaMichelle Hartman
CornflowerMadison White
(the crisp settle of the door)Dennis Reavis
Elkhorn AvenueCameron Morse
Escape from EllenvilleMike Jurkovic
Everyday BlessingsSally Zakariya
FirebrandThomas McDade
Folclore Tale Leonardo Boix
FragileMary McKeel
A Girl Called RoseBella Smith
The GuitaristSteven Reese
A Haiku YearKendra Leonard
Harvest MoonJared Pearce
Home RemediesJohn Repp
How Long is this Sentence?Gary Twynam
Interlude at a Closed Chevron, 11:42 pmAlicja Zapalska
IntuitionLaura Foley
An InvitationPaul Lubenkov
Karuizawa TalesRobert Hoffman
Kathleen Remembers the Flood John Grey
LamentAnne Whitehouse
Late Night Talk Show FantasyJennifer Dotson
Like a KingIon Corcos
Looking Down on Newgale BeachRobert Nisbet
The Man Cooks Greens While Thinking of WordsTobi Alfier
Moth-HourClaire Scott
Mrs. NeusteadJim Zola
Nowhere, South DakotaAndrew Kruse-Ross
NumbersIsabella Colalillo Katz
The Oboe Will Shine TomorrowDevon Balwit
The Old In-Out In-OutYu-Han Chao
Once Upon a TimeBaisali Chatterjee Dutt
PassengerCharles Kell
PathSteve Gerson
Perfect RainTerry Brix
Poem for HondurasHeather Truett
A Priest and an Indian Walk Into a BarJessica Mehta
Prize FighterMartin Hopson
Proper Etiquette for the First Year of MourningJacqueline Jules
Rich Farm Land Drew Settlers to HessRyan Clark
Running at 6:45 on a mid-November morningBrett Cortelletti
Sunflower GhostsRobin Gow
Swift ActionG. Louis Heath
TestamentDeborah L. Davitt
Touch This ElephantRobert Beveridge
TransfusionVirginia Boudreau
Van Gogh Paints a Self-PortraitAnn Howells
The Waffle House Index, or: (if the Waffle House is closed the populace is shrinking) – John McCracken
Walking Stick, A PrayerKeith Moul
WaveAlan Gann
What I’ve LostCarl Boon
Where My Muse Comes FromDaryl Sznyter
While You Were Trying To Be Cool I Was Snorting Flintstone ChewablesKristian Kuhn
White SheetsShelby Curran
Winter PlungeEileen Malone
YouAnthony Carl
Zeit HeistNick Romeo
Zen Garden at the Museum of Fine ArtsMary Buchinger


The Bedouin Woman’s SmileNektaria Petrou
Cage Match Jodi Sh. Doff
The DapRosanne Ehrlich
Dear HaroldChristine Seifert
DowngradeLois Morrison
FinalsMarie Anderson
For SummerAnusha Srinivasan
Frank & Mia & MeCharles Leipart
HeroesBlake Benson
Letters from My GrandsonsSherri Wright
Loving SpoonfulAlexander Jones
The Moonshine RubyTravis Kennedy
My Lover and IMaggie Boals
One Smoothie is a TragedyMatt Dube
OverheadSoramimi Hanarejima
PadlockBeth Gordon
PatriotsStephen O’Donnell
A Slice of Lemon on the SideKristen Olsen
SpillageG. Emil Reutter
Stalker in OrangeMaddie Woda
Tawny KittenTina Bubonovich
This Isn’t the Story I Intended to WriteGuy Biederman
TollboothKelsey Maki
Wild Cat Menagerie and Great Intercourse CircusCatherine Moore
Winter Plunge Eileen Malone
Zeng ShangyouJack Feerick

Issue 6, “Daylight” Theme, Spring 2017

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Photo courtesy of Andrea Walker

Welcome back to Panoply. We’re thrilled and honored to share our first themed issue, this one related to “daylight.” Our contributors responded with inspiration, which we hope will prove illuminating. So many of these pieces bask in the light, but a few may surprise you. Daylight can play many roles. Enjoy exploring the dark side of the light.

Once again, we thank our readers, our contributors, our benefactors, and all of you who share in our joy in creating and sharing Panoply

Issue 7 will arrive in the fall, un-themed. Look for that Call for Submissions to open in late June. And don’t forget we’re now reviewing chapbooks, with our first review nearly secured for later this month. In the meantime, take a breath, take a walk, soak up a little Vitamin D. Happy reading.

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Best wishes,

Andrea, Jeff, and Ryn
Editors, Panoply


Anoesis – John C. Mannone
April Morning – Virginia Barrett
Arrival – Robert Miltner
As the Parking Lots Lights Flicker – Ki Russell
August – William Blome
Blackbird: Watcher in the Desert – Delores Merrill
Blown Away – Joan McNerney
By the Light of Dawn – Natalie Crick
Chasing Pictograms – Richard King Perkins II
Covered – Sarah Clauson
Daffodils for Papa – Mikaela Curry
Dawn – Sarah Snyder
day – light savings – Ren Weber
Day/ Breaks – Julie Naslund
December Daylight – Patricia Nelson
Desert Wild Flowers – Mike Beck
devil as night / god as day Kris Tammer
Glance – Barbara Lawhorn
Gulls – J. Thomas Burke
Harbinger – Jenifer DeBellis
Heliotrope – Cathryn Essinger
In a Winter Window – Susan Huebner
It’s Like This – Ivy Page
Joy – Jenny Benjamin
Keske XIV – Jennifer A. Reimer
A Lace Stone Wall at Randall’s Ordinary – Eleanor Kedney
Little Birds – Lauren Scharhag
Marriage – Michael Blaine
Morning – Aaron Dargis
Morning – K. Carlton Johnson
Morning in the North Country – Tom Montag
Nankoweap – Rick Kempa
Natural Light – Neil Leadbeater
New Year’s Day Miscalculation – Lynn Houston
Northwest Winter Day – Joan Moritz
On the Funeral of a Rice Farmer – Ryan Thorpe
Once Planed Straight – Steve Gerson
One Memory I Had of Summer – Gina Ferrara
Past Noon – Ann Howells
Patterns of Intimacy – Heather Gemmen Wilson
Phengophilia – Michael Estabrook
Photo of Mom on the Beach 1950 – Kathleen Strafford
Poems – Lola Haskins
The Position of the Sun – Sabrina Hicks
Rain Delay – Early Innings – Bruce Robinson
Self-Portrait – Kirsten Hemmy
A Shaft of Sunlight – Patrick Dixon
Silly Drunk Mentioning – Kristin Fullerton
Soham – Lloyd Milburn
Sunken Ships on Fire – Devon Balwit
Sunrise on Llŷn – Aziz Dixon
Synthesis – Carol Berg
The Third Wish: New Dawn – Rachel Dacus
This Morning – Steve Klepetar
This World’s Light – Lois Harrod
Thursdays, 4-7 – Mercedes Lawry
Venusian Engagement – Rachel Reese
vulture sets the world ablaze – Sanjida Yasmin
Wedding Portraits – Diane Kendig
Welcome – Mary Ellen Talley