Before getting into all things literary, a word of thanks goes to the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for their support in 2005 and 2006. They have truly helped encourage and inspire us in the work we do to bring you the fine literature you see on our pages.

Our Lit Pick of the Quarter is from the Georgetown Review's Spring 2005 issue—a piece by Ben Brooks entitled "Wildflowers." (The newly re-emerged Georgetown Review, by the way, is in Kentucky.) We found this short story to be wonderfully imaginative, telling the tale of a husband and an accident, his dreams and quest for understanding. Here is an excerpt:

"I stood fidgeting with a pad of paper in my hand, a rag hanging loose from my belt, waiting for them to place their order. Charlotte's skin was completely transparent, that of an X-ray or of a cartoon ghost, her bones visible inside her—her entire skeleton laid bare—but still, her features were recognizable, and her black hair was as shiny as ever. Ricky was his usual solid self. Like a slab of meat, I thought, while she has turned liquid, some rarified cream."

We start our Winter 2006 issue with a story by Barbara Jacksha entitled "Beneath the Starfish Sky." Of all things, a mail slot plays an important role in the development of an adorable relationship, and the author's use of imagery rivals the dreams in Brooks' story, as well as anything else we've ever read. The author informs us that her reading of "An Odd-Looking Catfish" (by B.J. Hollars in our Summer 2005 issue) is what compelled her to submit the story to us. We're very appreciative. Karen Grunberg's graphic, "Mail Slot" accompanies the story, and as you read it you will see several beautiful connections.

Those who may have grown up in the era of the muscle cars will appreciate Arthur Saltzman's essay, "Driving Concerns." While "no one in a classic GTO remains forlorn for long," as he says, don't we feel sometimes that the days of Rally rims and four-bolt main bearing caps are long and regrettably gone?

You'll go to a wood-carving and stick-stacking tournament in Steven Gillis' piece, "The Girl with the Diamond Tattoo." There's an admirable voice here, as the story explores the concept of beauty in many of its forms.

Finally, Mary Lynn Reed gives us little takes and perspectives in her "Existential Thread from the Cheap Seats." Over a span of twenty-two years, her character provides snippets of a world of rock and roll concerts, and the life and times surrounding them.

The Summerset Review
Joseph Levens – Editor
Amy Leigh Owen – Assistant Editor
S. Malkah Cohen – Advisory Editor
A literary journal released quarterly on the 15th of March, June, September, and December. Founded in 2002, the journal is a nonprofit Internet magazine devoted to the review and publication of unsolicited short stories and essays. All correspondence and submissions should be emailed to editor@summersetreview.org. Postal mailing address: 25 Summerset Drive, Smithtown, New York 11787, USA.

This publication is made possible, in part, with a grant from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency.

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