From the Editor
POETRY FIX : ISSUE ONE
While the poems in this first issue are as varied in voice, form, and concern as they could be, each contains and shares an energy that reaches far outside of itself, with the potential, it seems, to explode at any moment, to bare its secrets and its ghosts before us.” —Grant Kittrell
FICTION FIX : ISSUE 17
Poetry Fix Press Release
Poetry Fix Launches Inaugural Issue
For immediate release
December 14, 2015—Poetry Fix, the new permanent branch of Fiction Fix literary journal, has released its inaugural issue in print and online at www.flocklit.com. In this first installment, Poetry Fix presents the work of 27 exceptional poets, both established and new. This issue includes new work by Cathyrn Hankla, Jeffrey Haynes, Stephen Massimilla, Amy Marengo, and Cynthia Atkins among others.
As Poetry Editor Grant Kittrell says, “While the poems in this first issue are as varied in voice, form, and concern as they could be, each contains and shares an energy that reaches far outside of itself, with the potential, it seems, to explode at any moment, to bare its secrets and its ghosts before us.”
By no means is this collection of work limited to any brand of sentiment—many of the poems are outright hysterical, others quiet and meditative. From the opening poem, Jeffrey Haynes’ “Champion,” we are dropped into a world of the unexpected by way of an obstacle course on a game show called I’m So Hungry I’ll Do Anything. There’s a growing sense of desperation in this prose poem as the speaker moves from one surreal obstacle to the next, trying to account for the situation in which he finds himself. By the end of the poem, the speaker has renamed the game show: You Haven’t Suffered Enough.
Among the wide range of forms represented in this issue are several longer works. In Mike Good’s five-part poem “Bass Fishing In America,” the speaker meditates on a series of images, both ecological and nostalgic. From one section to the next, the scope of the poem zooms in and out of these “Atlantic thoughts,” flipping between telescopic and microscopic lenses.
In Matthew Vetter’s poem “To the One-Armed Crawdad Who Pinched My Son,” the speaker addresses an unresponsive ear. The address turns inward, to the self, and questions our desperate, cruel, though often innocent, relationship to others and the natural world.
In addition to poetry, the issue contains the artwork of Ben Grasso, whose tremendous exploding scenes are weaved throughout. In his work, Grasso captures the energy, as well as the silence, of what seems to always lie waiting—the potential for things to change or break apart at any moment.
Fiction Fix was founded by author, musician, artist, and University of North Florida faculty member Mark Ari and his students in 2002. Its current and fourth editor-in-chief is April Gray Wilder. The Journal promotes contemporary literature and art from across the U.S. and world. The journal publishes work that is accessibly experimental and soulful.