October 18, 2014

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OCTOBER 18, 2014
 This "surprise" issue of Indiana Voice Journal was born through a sense of wonder, astonishment, prayer, and the powerful reality of "something more..."
The poems in this issue carry light.

 ~Janine Pickett, Founding Editor, IVJ

in alphabetical order

~links to quick content~ 



 Howard Richard Debs received a University of Colorado Poetry Prize at age 19; after spending the past 50 years in the field of communications with recognitions including a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association of America, he has recently resumed his literary pursuits, and his latest work appears or is forthcoming in The Germ, Calliope, Big River Poetry Review, Jewish Currents, Poetica Magazine, Misfitmagazine, Eclectica Magazine, Star 82 Review, The Review Review, China Grove, Belle Reve Literary Journal, Verse-Virtual, Dialogual, Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, and Piecemeal Review. His background in photography goes back many years, both creative and technical, having been involved in management with the notable Wollensak Optical Company and his photography will be found in select publications. Chicago born and bred, he now lives in sunny South Florida with his wife of 49 years, where they spend considerable time spoiling their 4 grandchildren..


Darren's poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including the South Dakota Review, Meridian, The Louisville Review, Grist, and the Colorado Review. 
He is the author of "As We Refer To Our Bodies" (2013, 8th House), "Temporary Champions" (2014, Main Street Rag), and "Not For Art Nor Prayer" (2015, 8th House).  He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology.
Darren is currently living and writing in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

Neil Ellman, a poet from New Jersey, has published more than 1,000 poems in print and online journals, anthologies and chapbooks throughout the world.


Small Worlds II

(after the lithograph by Wassily Kandinsky)

John Grey is an Australian born poet. Recently published in Paterson Literary Review, Southern California Review and Natural Bridge with work upcoming in New Plains Review, Leading Edge and Louisiana Literature.


Her dolls had
it in for me,
They used their cold stone eyes
as artillery.

In addition to writing fiction and poetry, Belinda Hubert is currently working on a novel, titled Shrink Wrapped and a collection of short stories about life in the Midwest. She works as a clinical psychologist in a private practice in Lowell, Indiana.

As founding editor of Many Voices Press, Lowell Jaeger compiled Poems Across the Big Sky, an anthology of Montana poets, and  New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from 11 Western states. He is author of five collections of poems, most recent of which is How Quickly What’s Passing Goes Past  (Grayson Books 2013).  He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council and winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize. Most recently Jaeger was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting thoughtful civic discourse.

W.B. Keckler's Sanskrit of the Body won in the National Poetry Series, and was published by PENGUIN BOOKS

His poetry is forthcoming in Letterbox and other journals, and in the Sulfur Anthology (due out shortly from Wesleyan University Press).


Damon Ferrell Marbut is a Southern novelist and poet. His works include the fiction title Awake in the Mad World and the poetry books, Little Human Accidents and Human Crutches. Available at Amazon.  He lives in New Orleans.

 Contact him at http://www.facebook.com/DamonFMarbut

Poems In This issue:   Mother's Day, 2014, Fragility, Reunion

Heather Rose lives in a small mountain town in Colorado with her three kids and guitar-playing husband.  She collects lots of little thoughts about living in a big world in her blog WORDS WHITTLE DOWN and is currently writing and illustrating a children's fantasy series called Knindrome.

 Featured Poems:  Rumors, Treasure Hunting, The Voice Of Should

Tom Sheehan has 24 Pushcart Prize nominations. 375 western stories on Rope and Wire Magazine.  His published books include: In the Garden of Long Shadows, From The Quickening, A Collection Of Friends, and The Nations, about Native Americans, all available from Pocol Press.

Poetry Features:  Sign On A Wall,  The Semaphore In Sunlight Flew,  Moongate Talisman (or the short-stop remembers one put-out)

AM Spence was born
in Manchester
and read literature
as an undergraduate
at The University
of Manchester UK.
In 2009 she completed
her MA in creative writing
in poetry at the same university.

October 1, 2014

Raymond Greiner's writings include short stories and essays published frequently in various literary journals and magazines:  Branches magazine, La Joie Journal, Literary Yard Journal, Nib Magazine, Canary Literary Journal, Bellesprit Magazine, Freedom Journal, Grace Notes Literary Magazine. His collection of fiction and nonfiction essays titled Hinterland Journal is in the finalization process with Outskirts Press. Raymond lives in a remote area of southern Indiana in a cabin far off a lightly traveled road with his two dogs Orion and Venus.

The Puzzlement of Ancient Spirituality

         Comparing ancient living design to modern society is a study in contrast. Archeological discoveries reveal ancient cultures imposed greater communal value on spirituality.  This evidence is compelling and may provide a window of opportunity for contemporary recurrence toward social harmony prevalent during early eras of human development.

Gale's poetry has been published in Ascent, Ohio Journal, Descant, Adirondack Review, Concho River Review, Worcester Review, Maryland Poetry Review, Florida Review, South Carolina Review, Arkansas Review, Carolina Quarterly, Poem, South Dakota Review, Santa Barbara Review, Sequential Art Narrative in Education, and many other journals. He has authored three books of poetry: Buffalo Nickel (BrickHouse Press, 2004), The Weight of the World (BrickHouse, 2006), and The Story of My Lives (BrickHouse, 2008). He has taught university English in the US, China, and the Palestinian West Bank 

Last Breakfast

In Sunday School today I got saved, I
passed out, anyway, and Miss Hooker raised
me up again, not that I was dead for
real but I wasn't on my feet, either,
until she revived me--when I came to
she was slapping my cheeks, I mean on my
face, and they felt as red as her hair, her


Steve Klepetar's work has received several nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.  His seventh chapbook, Return of the Bride of Frankenstein, was recently published by
 Kind of a Hurricane Press 

This feature includes a selection of three poems: 
Walking To Sauk Rapids, Just to Let You Know, I dream of dogs with bared teeth

Walking To Sauk Rapids

Walking to Sauk Rapids is not as easy as it sounds.
Yes, there’s a bridge, sweetly gray and newly built,
but finding it in this endless mist takes patience
and a strong pair of eyes.  Sonar helps – bats careen


Soft, virgin white feathers,
Aware of my presence
But not of my world.

Before me, another world,
No analytic philosophy,
No targets, budgets or schedules.
No self-appraisal,
Or attempt to be
Something other than
Just part of.

JW Drake lives and writes poetry and other things in North Carolina. He has had work published in "Nefarious Ballerina," "Red Ochre Press," "Line Zero," "Red Booth Review," and other small but extremely intelligent printed and e-publications. He will always appreciate more. 

Face Paint

Getting the face right depends a lot on the colors,
black may make for cruelty or laughter,
white can be happy or hateful or dead,
and red raises hopes or burns them in the fire.

A.J. Huffman has published eight solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses.  She also has two new full-length poetry collections forthcoming, Another Blood Jet (Eldritch Press) and A Few bullets Short of Home (mgv2>publishing).  She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her poetry, fiction, and haiku have appeared in hundreds of national and international journals including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, Bone Orchard, EgoPHobia, Kritya, and Offerta Speciale in which her work appeared in both English and Italian translation. She is also the founding editor of Kind Of A Hurricane Press. www.kindofahurricanepress.com 

Aging in an Instant

Silver surface.
Keeper of self-image.
Plane reveals echoing touches
of time.

C:\Users\emachines\Desktop\Nasrullah Khan.jpgMuhammad Nasrullah Khan is from Pakistan currently living in Saudi Arabia, where he is Lecturer in English at Taif University. His short stories are well recognized internationally for his unique prose style, and really naive innocence of rural life of Pakistan. His short story Donkey-Man was selected among the Notable Online Short Stories of 2003 in the StorySouth Million Writers Award. His work has appeared in Newtopia Magazine, Gowanus Books,Offcourse literary Journal University at Albany, The Raven Chronicles, and many others. He exists on twitter as @nasar_peace ,at  nasar_peace@hotmail.com, nasar_peace@yahoo.com,  and https://www.facebook.com/nasar.peac

Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois' poems and fictions have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He is a regular contributor to The Prague Revue, and has been thrice nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital is available for .99 cents on Kindle and Nook or as a print edition.

I was nine when my grandmother died. She was more than my father’s mother, she was my life raft. I wondered if I could make it without her. I wondered, not in words, but in my body. 

My mother put on a dress that accentuated her plush 1950’s figure, and my father put on a dark business suit to wear to the funeral. They were leaving me home. My father was below average height, but towered above me as he bent to kiss me goodbye. His lips came out of a cloud of Old Spice. They left. I watched the car pull away through the ground-level den window, the same window through which my pal Richie and I sneaked frightened peaks when we watched monster movies. It was a grey and windy day, ordered for the occasion.

Duane Locke, PH. D, lives hermetically in Tampa, Florida near anhinga, gallinules, raccoons, alligators.  Has had published 6,905 different poems, none self-published or paid to be published.  This includes 32 books of poems.

His latest book publications are DUANE LOCKE, THE FIRST DECADE, 1968-1978 (First 11 books—Order from publisher Bitter Oleander Press or AMAZON---YANG CHU’S POEMS,

He is a photographer of Surphotos and Nature.  Has had 447 photos published,
Some as book covers.  A book of 40 of his surphotos  has been published by BLAZE VOX,

His paintings have been described in Gary Monroe’s EXTRAORDINARY INTERPRETITONS,
Published by University of Florida Press, and are in many private collections and museums.

He is a student of philosophy—favorites: Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty,
Jacques Lacan, and Jacques Derrida.

Peter Fraser lives in Newcastle, Australia. He has pursued many different careers, including English teaching and winemaking. At present he enjoys travel and writing. peterafraser@gmail.com

 Mimmi and Me in Paradise
I’d met Mimmi in Lyon. She was way so attractive, and for a while, I’m sure she found me engaging. That is not beyond understanding. I can be most persuasive at times. Well certainly until you get to know me. Mimmi was a citizen of that city.  She could speak French and English and had a part time job as a waitress. Which was fine, it gave me a lot of time to myself. We were nurturing a little romance and felt it needed to be tempered with a holiday in paradise.

Scott Archer Jones is currently living and working on his fifth novel in northern New Mexico, after stints in the Netherlands, Scotland and Norway plus less exotic locations. He’s worked for a power company, grocers, a lumberyard, an energy company (for a very long time), and a winery. Now he's on the masthead of the Prague Revue, and has a novel out this summer, Jupiter and Gilgamesh, a Novel of Sumeria and Texas.  Website -- www.scottarcherjones.com 


Las esperanzas engordan pero no maintienen.  Hope fattens, but it doesn't keep you alive.
It turned noon as David Alvarez raised the roof of the Crusher.  With short little explosive sounds, the Rambler lying in the Crusher’s bed released tension from its new shape, as if it tried to pop its bones back into its joints.  The compressor topped up its pressure, and when the gauge showed right for a fast restart, David turned off the diesel.

  R.J. Fox is the award-winning writer of several short stories, plays, poems, a memoir and 15 feature length screenplays. Two of his screenplays have been optioned to Hollywood.
     His work has been published in the The Naked Feather, The Medulla Review, Lap Top Lit Mag, The Path, Contemporary Literary Review India, Yareah Magazine, One Title Magazine, The Knotted Beard Review, Bareback, The Zodiac Review, Fortunates, Randomly Accessed Poetics, Wordsmiths, Toska, Enhance, Common Line Journal, Cold Noon, Miracle e-Zine, Shadows Express, The Rusty Nail, Airplane Reading, Untapped Cities, The Lyceum, L’Allure des Mots, Awesome Online, Hackwriters, Litlover, Vine Leaves, Death Throes, Writer’s World Journal, Tenement Block Review, Unchartered Frontier, Wordsmiths Online, The Commonline Journal, The Bitchin’ Kitcsch, Wordplay, Five 2 One, The Wordsmith Journal TravelMag, inTravel Magazine, Dearborn Times-Herald, and Detroit News.
     He is also the writer/director/editor of several award-winning short films. His recent stage directing debut led to an Audience Choice Award at the Canton One-Acts Festival in Canton, MI.

W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books. Two short story collections, three novels, the autobiographical The High Sky of Winter’s Shadows and Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage.  Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California. 

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