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 Died – Maria Pascualy
After Visiting the Lourdes of Lebanon – CW Emerson
The Alternative Ending – Catharine Bramkamp
Cat – Paul Vaughan
Cheering the Ponies w/God – Mike Jurkovic
The Condo – Petrula Laudato
County Fair – James Penha
Cry Havoc and Let Slip – Jennifer Highland
Discovery — 30th street, 2:56 PM – Ben Rader
Dog Day Cigarette – Alec Solomita
Exploring the Mountain Range – Martin Willitts, Jr.
From the Back Porch – Sharon Scholl
The Guest – Rowena Cooper
Harbor Mnemosyne – Caroline Simpson
Here – Kendalyn McKisick
How to Keep Your Hungry Ghost Fed – C Derick Varn
I Just Got Back – Georgia Park
If I Had a Way… – Ndaba Sibanda
If Maps Were Hummingbirds – Shankar Narayan
In Search of Meaning – Jan Wiezorek
Jackass Flats – Larisa Harriger
Jagged – Robert Beveridge
Jubilee – Daniel Fitzpatrick
Kiss – Carolyn Martin
Letter from the Great Grandchildren – Ken Poyner
Life in the Past Lane – Alan Harris
Lurk – Linda Bonafield
May 6, 988 – William Allegrezza, Garin Cycholl, Kirk Robinson
The Merchant Marine’s Lover – Matthew Schmeer
Midnight Garden Walk, Key West – Katherine Gekker
Near the Mine – Dustin Pickering
New York Love Poem – Daryl Sznyter
Night Sitting – Seth Jani
November Nights – Deonte Osayande
Old Photographs – Steve Klepetar
Old Woman in a Dry Season – Claire Scott
On the Inclines of a Dune – Thomas Erickson
Pregnancy Pantoum – Kari Flickinger
Prometheus – Charlotte Pocock
Punishment for Moral Deviation – Jude Marr
Raison d’Etre Bran – Nick Romeo
Refusal – Sandra Kohler
Retire to the Netherlands – William Auten
Rhetorical/Waiting – Nate Maxson
Second Daughter Song – Jody Burke-Kaiser
Sliver of Sunlight – Lois Marie Harrod
Take Two – Jim Ross
Teach Me to Float – Ashanti Anderson
Technique – Dennis Caswell
Third Stool from the End – JB Mulligan
The Third Trimester – Minna Dubin
A Thousand Voices Long – Scott Wiggerman
Va cantando – Susanna Lang
Van Gogh in Love – Ann Howells
Waking – Leigh Allen
What the Rain Forgot – James Walton
What We Need – Lea Galanter
Your Inevitable Ghost – William Doreski
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, 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, Issue 2
Two Cranes on a Snowy Pine – Robert Okaji
Robert Okaji, Issue 3
Wings Clipped – Rachel Dacus
Rachel Dacus, Issue 4
Thanks to Jim Harrington for featuring us in his blog, “Six Questions for…” We hope you find this interview illuminating and helpful. FYI, Jim does this weekly, so check his blog for similar interviews with other editors. What a great free service!
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Pieces will be accepted on their merits. Please limit submissions to 3 items per issue (poetry and prose considered as separate entries). Flash fiction and flash non-fiction will be considered in each category, limited to 500 words. To maximize diversity, we publish no more than one work per contributor per issue. 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.
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Welcome to Panoplyzine.com! Our mission is to share the best in contemporary poetry and short prose, to enlighten and entertain, and to touch our readers’ hearts and minds. Join us for our latest gatherings of fine literature. Please share with your friends. Along with our esteemed contributors, we appreciate your patronage.
Panoplyzine is a fresh new look at poetry and short prose. We seek to publish lively new insights in creativity, outlook, perspective, and analysis. Issue 1 debuted in August 2015. We’re edited by three friends located around Pensacola, FL who got together to offer a new look and a new option for readers and writers and lovers of good writing worldwide. If you’d like to go directly to our submissions using Submittable, please visit Panoply Submissions Here. We look forward to reading your work and/or providing some stimulating, fulfilling word craft to grab your attention and hold it. See you soon! Thanks for visiting.
Ryn Holmes has been an award winning photographer, including first prize in ‘Art on Paper,’ a category of the initial San Francisco “Art in the Park” event. A graduate of the University of San Francisco, she continues expanding her role as teller and listener of stories while living an adventurous life on the Gulf of Mexico. She is a partner at K&K Manuscript Editing.
Andrea Jones Walker, a native Floridian, makes her home in Pensacola, FL. She serves as an occasional instructor of English at Pensacola State College and is on the Board of the West Florida Literary Federation. She has published viewpoint pieces in the Pensacola News Journal and pens book reviews. Her novel Bending the Arrow is available on Amazon.
Editor-in-Chief, Jeff Santosuosso, is a business consultant living in Pensacola, FL. His poetry has won multiple prizes and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He’s also edited and reviewed poetry collections for his friends. An avid sports fan and traveler, he lives with his wife and 3 cats, plus a stray or two who drop by at mealtimes.