by LaVern Spencer McCarthy We pray for a passing cloud,but the sun beats down in yellow spite.I plant seedlings, row after row.My brown-eyed helper follows, grumbling,douses each tiny promisewith water from a silver pail. He hates the work, grouses thathe should have goneto computer school instead.There are no hellish daysin a truck garden there. HeContinue reading “Of Toil and Harvest”
by LaVern Spencer McCarthy Summer nights on the porch,conversation would begin with fair-weather hymnsand corn-field benedictions—no hint of the apocalypse at first.Then, my uncle would spit,and it would be time to preach about my sister. No letter had arrived with postagestamp from far away places—no foot-prints on the dusty road, love, coming back. Coughs, sighs, scraping of chairsevolvedContinue reading “Nightly Topic”
We are pleased to announce our Fall 2021 edition of confetti. CONTRIBUTORS Fiction by: Subrata Das, J.P.J. Fox, Christina Hoag, Mark Jabaut, Richard Natale, Niles Reddick, Daniel Tarker, Judy Voss, Patricia Walkow Non-fiction by: Barbara Alfaro Poetry by: Dee Allen, John Carew, Maid Čorbić, Joseph A Farina, Shaswata Gangopadhyay, Norbert Góra, John Grey, Lisa O’Neil Guerci, LaVern Spencer McCarthy, Joan McNerney, Bruce McRae, Arik Mitra, P. Muralidharan, Katharine Schulz, Gabriel Sebastian Play by: Dave Patton See the full Table of Contents.
Terry John Malik When Terry retired after practicing law for thirty years, his wife implored, “Don’t sit around the house. Write a damn book.” So he did—The Bricklayer of Albany Park. Its awards include Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal; Winner – Mystery/Thriller by M.I.P.A.; and Silver Falchion Award 2018 Finalist by Killer Nashville. Before Bricklayer TerryContinue reading “Writer Profiles M–O”