This all fiction issue of SMR is jam-packed with quality prose. From traditional storytelling to more experimental fiction, this issue covers the gamut. I was also pleased to see among the contributors a first time publication for a writer.
In “Near the Aquarium,” Timothy Dyke manages to write about high school students without sentimentality and without coming across as out-of-touch. Molly Giles’ gem of story “Fenced In” is an exercise in controlled and well-crafted fiction that any writer of fiction should aspire to. Finally, in John Zaklikowski’s “Expletive Deleted,” we meet a narrator whose retired blue collar father has decided to become a poet and a much celebrated one at that. Printed on recycled paper without a flashy cover, SMR still manages to dazzle.