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Shot Glass Journal - January 2012

  • Issue Number: Issue 6
  • Published Date: January 2012
  • Publication Cycle: Triannual online

In sixteen lines or less, these writers serve up a shot of poetry each. Some of them are sweet and some burn on the way down, but all of them prove the ability to convey meaning and emotion in a small amount of space. Just take a look at Burt Kimmelman's piece which accomplishes this with only 23 words or Dan Sklar's three shots of reflection. I certainly can't get over my sinking gut after reading Neil Banks's cinquain poem "Lost Words" that offers up a different view of Titanic in only 14 words. I also enjoyed Juweel Soleana's "Broken Compass" and appreciate her last line: "You are never loved twice the same." This issue features new and established writers from the U.S. and international locals. Take as many as you like because these shots likely won't leave you hung over in the morning when you need to go to work (though, who knows, maybe the poetry is that powerful).

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Review Posted on June 14, 2012

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