We're thinking of calling this issue our Women's Issue because, as you will notice, all the selections are from the female gender. Even the images in the one art collection celebrate this side of the species. Was all of this intentional? Good Heavens, no. We swear. It just worked out that way. We saw it coming as we neared the close of our readings for this period, reviewing ever more desperately and diligently submissions from men. But in the end, the pieces we enjoyed the most were those you see here. We're wondering what is going on with our taste.

All you gentlemen out there: Come on, now. Let's see some thoughtful, wonderful writing. Send us interesting topics, things that will take us away. Don't let these women get the best of us.

Our Summer 2007 issue begins with a creature known to wreak havoc in our neighborhoods. Renee Carter Hall’s "Moon, June, Raccoon" sets the devilish little guy in a different and whimsical light. The hunt is on for a rascal of another kind, a hermit crab, in Jen Michalski's "Houdini." It has been almost three years since we've published a collection of artwork, and we thought to make up for that with six wonderful images from Sabine Maier in an untitled set. Once again, animals are a main concern, this time in the story, "The Floured Breadboard Café and Other Abandoned Pursuits," which introduces the new writer Michelle Panik. And finally, letters chronicle three generations of families and summer vacations in Brenda Whiteside's "Amanda in the Summer." We hope you enjoy these pieces as much as we do.


We thought we'd have some fun with our Lit Pick of the Quarter. Typically we highlight here one story recently read in a current literary magazine, recommending it to our readers. This time, in addition to the recommendation, we'd like to pose a question and elicit answers. The story is entitled, "Daily at the Gate of the Temple Which Is Called Beautiful," written by Quan Barry and appearing in the Fall/Winter 2006/2007 issue (#63) of Quarterly West. The short story is set on the Great Barrier Reef, and asks if every day is paradise, is it really paradise?

But that's not our question. We won't spoil the ending, but the ending is precisely why we mention this piece. What did you think of it? How did the story leave you? We'd like to know. Write us, please. Give us your take. Here is an excerpt from an earlier part of the story:

Imagine Adam and Eve in all their innocence, the garden uni-seasonal, in a way textureless because there is nothing else to compare it to—the trees with their furred vines, the pale blue rivers as if singing. How long does it last? The recognition of beauty. How can Adam and Eve understand that God made this perfect place for them? How can they understand the idea of perfection itself? In a way, to live in Eden is to live without wonder because it is all you know. If all you know is joy, then what is joy?


The Summerset Review
 
Joseph Levens – Editor
Amy Leigh Owen – Assistant Editor
 
A literary journal released quarterly on the 15th of March, June, September, and December on the Internet, and periodically in print form. Founded in 2002, the journal is 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. We are very thankful for the support and encouragement these organizations have given our journal and the literary community.

The Summerset Review is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, incorporated in New York State.

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