October 3, 2015

The English Poet John Keats summed it up pretty well when he said, "The poetry of the earth is never dead". He was right. I love the "poetic" Fall season in Indiana. Here on my little spot of earth, the autumn sunshine blends a palette of colors across the tree tops- red, yellow, gold, orange, and brown. The air is chilly, perfect for nighttime bonfires, and scented ripe with the smell of molding leaves, haystacks, and wayward apples rotting against the ground. Art, poetry, motion, and life. If you think about it, there is much life even in the act of dying.

Welcome to the October 2015 issue of Indiana Voice Journal. Our 15th issue includes 20 poets, 3 creative nonfiction essays, 2 fiction stories, and a book review. It contains a masterful blend of art, poetry, motion, and life. This issue promises something for everyone. Thank you for reading and supporting these amazing authors by leaving a comment on their posts.



Two Poems By Jonel Abellanosa: "Card Reading", "Echo"

Poetry Excerpts By Brian Beatty: "Brazil, Indiana"

Three Poems By Don Beukes: "The Storm", "The Sentinal", "Childhood Days"

Three Poems By Carl Boon: "Meaning In Missouri", "Away-Girl", "On Falling In Love With A Syrian Refugee In Istanbul"

Three Poems By Tempest Brew: "Spree", "Damage", "Gift"

Three Poems By Isabel Chenot: ""Foreign Language", "Kite Flying", "On Seeing a Gull's Flight Reflected in a Wave"

Special Poetry Feature~ A Poem By Kay Cheshire: "Contentment"

Three Poems By Daniel de Culla: "A Particular Karma", "Concrete Tense", "Front Doors"

Three Poems By Allison Grayhurst: "Yes", "Fire and More", "Grace Mightier Than Natural Law"

Three Poems By Michael Lee Johnson: "Old Hens and Young Folks",  "Arctic Chill North", "Crossing the Border Divide" 

Three Poems By Riana Mercado: "Momentary Lapses", "In Such A Short Time", "Perhaps Next Time"

Three Poems By Jocelyn Mosman:  "Split Molecules, Everywhere",  "Scenes From New England",  "Neurosis"

Three Poems By B.B. Riefner: "Saying Kaddish For Myer", "Hollow Cost Museum", "Hope Comes In Strange Packages Cleverly Wrapped"

A Poem By Lucia Robinson: "Hancock County Pilgrimage"

Three Poems By G. David Schwartz: "To Dear Sweet Mrs. Horton", "If I Get Chocolate Fever", "Carol Wolfe Is A Fox" 

Three Poems By Adam Sedia: "All Hallows' Eve", "Autumn Leaves", "Vespers"

One Poem By Adreyo Sen: "Faery"

Two Poems By Jake Tringali: "recanted",  "on the edge of escape velocity"

One Poem By Will Wareing: "Caught In The Eye"

One Poem By Hiromi Yoshida: "Lazarus, Bloomington IN (July 2000)"


Fiction By Adam Renn Olenn: "The One Thing We've Got"

Flash Fiction By Laurel Sparks-Sellers: "The Floating Irony"


Two Creative Nonfiction Pieces By Gene Eller: "On the Distractions of Black Glass", and "Together Again"

Creative Nonfiction/Essay By Raymond Greiner: "Universal Consciousness"

Creative Nonfiction Article By Charles E.J. Moulton: "Burns Night in the Lilac Town"


Book Review: "Edgewater" Poetry By Arthur Powers

Jonel Abellanosa resides in Cebu City, the Philippines.  His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals, including Pedestal (United States), Bangalore Review (India), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Cha (Hong Kong), Eastlit (Thailand), Deep Water Literary Journal (Ireland), Poetry Pacific (Canada) , Otoliths (Australia), Anak Sastra (Malaysia) and Philippine PEN Journal.  His poetry has been selected for the 2015 Dwarf Stars Anthology of the Science Fiction Poetry Association.  He has a chapbook, Pictures of the Floating World (Kind of a Hurricane Press, United States).  He is working on two full length collections, Multiverse and 100 Acrostic poems.

Other excerpts from Brazil, Indiana have appeared in or are forthcoming from Alba, Clementine Poetry Journal, Dressing Room Poetry Journal, The Glasgow Review of Books, The Moth, Poetry City USA, Right Hand Pointing, Third Wednesday and Yellow Chair Review.

Brian Beatty’s jokes, poems and short stories have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including The Bark, The Chattahoochee Review, Cimarron Review, Conduit, Dark Mountain, Elephant Journal, elimae, The Good Men Project, Gulf Coast, Hobart, Juked, McSweeney’s, Opium, Paper Darts, Phoebe, The Quarterly, Rhino, Seventeen, The Southern Poetry Review, Sulfur River Review, Sycamore Review and Urthona. Brian’s writing has also been featured in public art projects and on public radio. 

A native of Brazil, Indiana, he has lived in Minnesota since 1999. 

I was born, raised and educated in Cape Town, South Africa in the last two decades of Apartheid and also have British and EU citizenship. Now a retired teacher of English, I am following my passion to write poetry and hoping to share my literal mentality with our global village, hoping to make global citizens check their moral compass now and then in an ever changing world. As a person of mixed race heritage, I want to share my experiences whilst growing up, living  and working in a totalitarian racist regime.

Carl Boon lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey. Recent or forthcoming poems appear in Posit, The Tulane Review, Badlands, The Blue Bonnet Review, and many other magazines.

Tempest Brew is someone.  She enjoys coffee, wine (too much), and reading.

Isabel has previously had poetry appear in the Anima poetry journal, on the Atavic poetry site, and on Hedgerows small poems.  She has loved poetry as long as she can remember.  The third poem included was written about visiting a park by Lake Michigan. 

Congratulations to Kay Cheshire for her winning poem in the poetry contest benefiting On Wings of Eagles, held by Stacy Savage at  Poetry Contests For A Cause .

 Kay Nelson Cheshire is from Greensboro, NC and has a book of poetry, Beyond the Window (St. Andrews Press). She has received the North Carolina Thomas H. McDill Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Weymouth-An Anthology of Poetry; the Crucible; Here’s to the Land – an Anthology of Poetry; and A Turn in Time-Piedmont Writers at the Millennium.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aGrGV9yEA5U/Ty6hwDsAOPI/AAAAAAAADO4/GEZzflbHuOY/s1600/culla.jpgDaniel de Culla (1955) is a writer, poet, and photographer. He is also a member of the Spanish Writers Association, Director of the Gallo Tricolor Review, and Robespierre Review. He’s moving between North Hollywood, Madrid and Burgos, Spain.
Daniel de Cullá (1955 Poeta, escritor, pintor y fotógrafo, miembro fundador de la revista literaria  Gallo Tricolor. Es miembro de la  Asociación Colegial de Escritores de España. En la actualidad participa en espectáculos que funden poesía, música y teatro. 

Allison Grayhurst is a member of the League of Canadian Poets. She has over 625 poems published in more than 300 international journals and anthologies. Her book Somewhere Falling was published by Beach Holme Publishers in 1995. Since then she has published eleven other books of poetry and six collections with Edge Unlimited Publishing. Prior to the publication of Somewhere Falling she had a poetry book published, Common Dream, and four chapbooks published by The Plowman. Her poetry chapbook The River is Blind was published by Ottawa publisher above/ground press in December 2012. In 2014 her chapbook Surrogate Dharma was published by Kind of a Hurricane Press, Barometric Pressures Author Series in October 2014. More recently, she has a chapbook Currents pending publication this Fall with Pink.Girl.Ink. Press. She lives in Toronto with her family. She also sculpts, working with clay; www.allisongrayhurst.com

Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era:  now known as the Illinois poet, from Itasca, IL.  Today he is a poet, freelance writer, photographer who experiments with poetography (blending poetry with photography), and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois, who has been published in more than 875 small press magazines in 27 countries, he edits 10 poetry sites.  Michael is the author of The Lost American: "From Exile to Freedom", several chapbooks of poetry, including "From Which Place the Morning Rises" and "Challenge of Night and Day", and "Chicago Poems".  He also has over 74 poetry videos on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/user/poetrymanusa/videos
Facebook Group:  Contemporary Poets https://www.facebook.com/groups/807679459328998/      

Riana Mercado is a writer currently spending her time on reading books and generally talking to people about their day. 

Jocelyn Mosman is an English and Politics double major at Mount Holyoke College, but is attending the University of Kent this fall. She was a member of the first ever Northampton Poetry Slam Team and is the recipient of the Gertrude Claytor Award from the Academy of American Poets. She has been published in numerous anthologies and literary magazines and is currently working on her third poetry collection. 

B. B. Riefner wrote with chalk on blackboards; then, with a 1918 typewriter on tailgates and picnic tables in South America, Europe and Africa.  Today he and his wife live near Washington D.C. with a canine muse and a computer both of which must be fed daily.

Lucia Robinson's  work has been published in The Southern Poetry Anthology, vol. VII, The Dead Mule School of Southern Poetry, Wild Goose Poetry Review,  and Iodine Poetry Journal (as Ellae Lawton), and is forthcoming in Kakalak 2015. She was born and raised a Hoosier but has spent half her life in the South.

G. David Schwartz is the former President of "Seed House", an on-line, interfaith community forum.  He has published three books -  " A Jewish Appraisal of Dialogue" (1994),  "Midrash and Working Out Of The Book" ( 2004), and most recently "Shards and Stanzas" (2011).

He is currently retired, and besides writing, he spends his time volunteering in his community with Meals On Wheels 

Adam Sedia was born in 1984 in Lake County, Indiana, where he currently lives and practices law. His practice primary focuses on civil and appellate litigation, and he has argued numerous cases before Indiana and federal appellate courts. In addition to his legal career, he self-published a volume of poetry in 2013 titled The Spring’s Autumn. Adam lives with his wife, Ivana.

Adreyo Sen is pursuing his MFA at Southampton College.

Born in Boston.  Lived up and down the East Coast, then up and down the West Coast, now back in his home city.  Runs rad restaurants.  Thrives in a habitat of bars, punk rock shows, and a sprinkling of burlesque performers.

Since July 2014, publications include The Manhattanville Review, Oddball Magazine, Rio Grande Review, The Commonline Journal, Apeiron Review, Catch & Release, Boston Poetry Magazine, and others.

My name is William Patrick Wareing, and I have been a writer for six or so years. I am an English creative writing major at ASU's Barrett Honors College, and I am also minoring in psychology. I started writing poetry when I first took up writing as a hobby. Soon that hobby became a passion, and I began to hone my skills as a writer. I am now mostly interested in writing fiction, and have recently started submitting my work to publications. However, I still retain my love of poetry. I have been officially published in CrackTheSpine, but I have self-published countless works on WritersNetwork. My profile can be found in the following link: http://writers-network.com/index.cgi?m=1&do=work&who=47402

Hiromi Yoshida has won multiple Indiana University Writers' Conference awards. Her poems have appeared in Flying Island, Evergreen Review, Bathtub Gin; The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society, and the Matrix anthologies of literary and visual arts.  Hiromi loves to browse the vintage apparel section of Cactus Flower in Bloomington, Indiana.

Adam Renn Olenn has published stories in a variety of print and online journals, and twice has been anthologized in "Best New England Crime Stories."  A two-time Grub Street scholarship winner and Bread Loaf contributor, he is currently at work on a novel.


Laurel's previous contributions to online journals include those in Senior Living, Denver Syntax, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, and Boomer Women Speak: Our Voices. In print, pieces have been featured in The SiNK: A Literary Journal Considering All Things, Releasing Times, Cautionary Tales, and Coming Back To Life After A Spouse Dies. In addition, she has self published an illustrated anthology titled Polka Dot Promises: Taking Back Time.

 Gene Eller has been hunkered down in a Louisiana college teaching for the past 25 years, but he lives and breaths in the northern Arkansas Ozarks where he works on rehabilitating and reconstructing his well-being not to mention the house some survivalist left abandoned 20 years ago. Yes, it's true; he spends a lot of time taking down razor wire and turning gun emplacements into windows that open, but in the process has rediscovered there's a natural world out there.  That's what has stimulated his renewed efforts to read and write about the almost forgotten earth.

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 latest book, "Queenie; a novella" is available on Amazon. 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. He is a frequent contributor to Indiana Voice Journal.

CHARLES E.J. MOULTON has been a stage performer since age eleven. His trilingual, artistic upbringing, as the son of Gun Kronzell and Herbert Moulton, lead to a hundred stage productions, countless cross-over concerts, work as a bandleader and as an acting teacher. He is a regular contributor for Idea Gems, has written for Shadows Express, Cover of Darkness, Vocal Images and Pill Hill Press. He is a tourguide, a big-band-vocalist, a filmmaker, a painter, a voice-over-speaker, a translator, is married and has a daughter. Charles E.J. Moulton's passion is creative versatility. His short story collection, Aphrodite's Curse: 21 Tales of Love and Terror can be purchased by clicking the link.


Poetry by Arthur Powers

Published by Finishing Line Press

Reviewed by Janine Pickett

October 3, 2015


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