Monday Missive

This Week at Atticus Review — 08.22.2016

Coming up this week, we have:

The fourth in our conversation series between Georgia poets Sara Hughes and Anya Silver.
A micro review from our poetry editor Michael Meyerhofer.
A mixed media piece from MM Editor (and initials synchronicity expert) Matt Mullins.

After this week, we will be taking a two-week publishing break to clean out our files (and our heads) and get ready for fall. I for one will spend time writing notes in my new notebook with my new pens while vacationing in the very old Shenandoah Valley.

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This Week at Atticus Review — 08.15.2016

I guess this might seem like a weird story to tell as part of my blog post for the Atticus Review. But look, online literary journals like this one and the many other great ones out there are full of human connections. They’re full of strangers becoming less strange, talking about their identities that they sometimes leave behind in various inconvenient places while taking photos of pretty turtles. And everybody just hoping to be in the right place at the right time for somebody else. I mean, let’s just do this shit as much as possible, you guys.

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This Week at Atticus Review – 08.08.2016

Last night, I watched Katie Ledecky summarily win Gold in the 400 Freestyle in Rio, beating her own world record (made earlier in the day) by nearly two seconds and beating the next closest swimmer by five seconds. I’m still sweating just thinking about it. After the race, Ledecky told an interviewer beside the pool that she knew she would win and get the time she did because the swim she’d made earlier that morning had felt good and she knew she had more in her. It’s inspiring witnessing athletes at the top of their game. It’s inspiring to witness that level of confidence in one’s own abilities, a confidence that isn’t cocky, but instead is just calm and knowing and comes from hours and hours of practice.

My God, the Olympic Games have been a welcome dose of positivity in a summer that has been filled with unrelenting negativity. In a world that seems broken by bravado and bluster, the athletes at the games offer a humble antidote.

On that note, here’s what’s coming up this week at Atticus Review…

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This Week at Atticus Review: A Note from the EIC

It’s a wet one here in Northern New Jersey. I’m writing this morning from a dark, dimly lit room, listening to Waits’ Rain Dogs next to two dogs reined in by the inclement weather, two dogs who’d much rather be wrestling in the waterlogged earth outside then lying restless on the dry couch next to me. Rain is one of dog’s first lessons in unfairness. Rain is the inner-torment-fallen-strawberry-ice-cream-cone.

We have a great week coming up at Atticus Review. More on that, and also this thought from poet Naomi Shihab Nye: “You are living in a poem.”

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Monday Missive: Note from the EIC

It’s my intent, for better or worse, to jot out a missive each Monday with a purpose that is two-fold. 1) To let you know what’s coming up for the week at Atticus Review and 2) To occasionally express a little of what’s on my mind in terms of literature, the media, words, art, music. I will aim to keep these to about 800 words, which I believe is a number of words that holds special magical powers when it comes to electronic missives, children’s books, or recipes for guacamole.

First off, I’m happy to be at Atticus Review and I want to thank Dan Cafaro for bringing me on board. There is so much talent published on this site and there is such great talent bringing that talent to this site and I feel very lucky to be within such short sight of those great talents. I look forward to carrying on with more of the same, in addition to more of the non-same or new, including a (new!) weekly publishing schedule, several (new!) social media accounts, and a (new!) reading series which will at first be local to Northern New Jersey, but which could expand to other (new!) areas (some of which don’t even necessarily have to have “new” in the name.)

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An ongoing assortment of books by contributors, staff, and books we've featured in reviews.