Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry Issue 69

Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry Issue 69

First, I want to recognize the nominees for a couple prestigious awards:

2018 Pushcart Prize

“Shadow Sustenance” by Sara Tantlinger Issue 65: Jan 2018
“To Watch the World Burn” by Jason Marc Harris Issue 66: Apr 2018
“Neuraweb” by Logan Thrasher Collins Issue 67: Jul 2018
“Valentine” by Kelly C. Hanwright Issue 67: July 2018
“Gravity” by Ann Thornfield-Long Issue 68: Oct 2018

 

2018 Best of the Net

“Church of the Apocalypse” by Sharon Mishler Fox Issue 63: Jul 2017
“Archaeology” by Shannon Connor Winward Issue 64: Oct 2017
“The Patron Saint of Lost Causes” by Chris Castro-Rappl Issue 64: Oct 2017
“He Believes It” by Katharyn Howd Machan Issue 65: Jan 2018
“To Watch the World Burn” by Jason Marc Harris Issue 66: Apr 2018
“Paul Bunyan and the Whirlwind Mountain” by Gabriel Ertsgaard Issue 66: Apr 2018

 

Second, please enjoy another group of talented poets in Issue 69. The order of the poems serves a narrative or thematic arc:

2019 First Quarter Poems (January)

“The Bone Palace” by Nicole Melchionda (Orange, FL)
“My Father Hears the Aliens” by Ann K. Schwader (Westminster, CO)
“Entanglement” by Rob Griffith (Evansville, IN)
“Sublimation” by Nate Maxson (Albuquerque, NM)
“MOAB” by Mark Budman (Brighton, MA)
“How to Seduce Apophis” by Mary Soon Lee (Pittsburgh PA)
“Artemis 11” by Kira Lovell (St Louis, MO)
“How You Kept Saving my Life “ by Lauren McBride (Baytown, TX)
“Amathomancer’s Charge” by Tanner Abernathy (Tacoma, WA)

Finally, as is traditional for the our venue to introduce the New Year with a seasonal poem, I offer “Reincarnation” by John C. Mannone (Niota, TN). Click on the link below the illustration for the poem in PDF form.

“Reincarnation”_by John C. Mannone

May these poems inspire more reading and writing poetry in this New Year; may you be fruitful too.

John C. Mannone

Poetry Editor, Abyss & Apex

(Note from Wendy S. Delmater: John really outdid himself this time. I heartily recommend you read his selections!)

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