February often seems like one of those months where nothing ever happens and there is not anything to look forward to until the crocus’ break through the snow. The holidays are over and we are well into the new year, but spring is not quite within our reach just yet. What color is it outside? Gray. What color was it yesterday? Gray. Sigh. But, I am reminded that there are, in fact, several things to look forward to this month: Groundhog Day (we are hoping Punxsutawney Phil will tell us that Spring is on its way,) President’s Day, Black History Month, Lincoln's Birthday, and “Tell a Fairy Tale Day” on February 26th. I like that one! And, of course, let us not forget Valentine’s Day. We have incorporated stories and visuals throughout this issue paying homage to Valentine’s Day and stories of love and its importance in our lives. It is not a greeting card holiday if you celebrate it wildly, and with passion. These days we need to stop, remember, and appreciate the loved ones in our lives. If 2016 taught me anything- it was that. ~Jennifer Criss
Three Poems by Edilson Afonso Ferreira
A Poem by Judy Moskowitz: "Making Friends with Fear"
Two Poems by Lea Boyd: "Stupid Humans" and "First Sight"
Three Poems by Steven Petersheim: "Castaways of College," "The Chase," and "Dormant"
Three Poems by Sugar Tobey: "Someday," "Gut Feeling," and "Night"
Three Poems by Sunil Sharma: "Missing," "Haze," and Earthquake Different"
Three Poems by Tameka Jarmon: "Reminder," "Sleepless," and "Haunted"
Two Poems by Thomas Alan Orr: "Doppelganger" and "Moose Into Osprey"
Three Poems by Deborah Petersen: "We, Scent," "The Portal Called the Kitchen Window," and "What a Cast of Characters"
A Poem by Andrew Hubbard: "Nostalgia"
Five Poems by Michael Lee Johnson: "Sing it Frank, Physical Therapy," "Ding Dong School," "Compliance," "Give Me Booze or Give me Jesus," and "Journaling, Labeling Theory"
Three Poems by Scott Thomas Outlar: "Magnetic Pulse," "Both Sides of the Same Soul," and "Counting Stars"
Three Poems by Gary Glauber: "A Valentine Ponders the Powers of Love (A Double Abecedarian)," Icarus No More," and "Apogee"
Three Poems by David Subacchi: "Clouds of Existence," "North Africa," and "Not Impressed"
Two Poems by Claudine Nash: "Beginner's Guide to Loss in the Multiverse" and "Magnolias"
Two Poems by Ananya S. Guha: "Kashmir" and "In Saharan Africa"
Two Poems by Lynda McKinney Lambert: "Nine Postcards from Prague" and "der Hirsch"
A Poem by Thomas Piekarski: "Donner Lake"
A Poem by Bilkis Moola and Artwork by Shameeg van Schalkwyk
Visual Art by Darrell Urban
Visual Art by Junior McLean
Autobiographical Essay by Raymond Greiner: "The Marietta Hole"
Flash Fiction by Kip Hanson: "Losing Clint Eastwood"
Fiction by Martin Chan: "And the Oscar Goes to Jail"
Flash Fiction by Elena Croitoru: "Da Capo Al Fine"
Fiction by Jason Ford: "A Hidden Identity"
Flash Fiction by Jennifer Criss: "The Chocolates"
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