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Michael Avery

What a strange winter.  Our last days of the season and we experienced seventy degree weather. We may have only needed to use our snow blowers a few times during the year, but few of us complained.  Now that spring is officially here, we look forward to warmer days and an easy summer. 

This is my first time as chief editor of the Black River Review.  As a previous literary editor, I had some idea of what goes into it.  But the difference between some idea and the whole idea is great, in this case. 

One of the tricks of editing is finding what goes well with everything else.  We happily paired “My First Hunt” with Jessica Side’s “Camouflage,” and Cynthia Lonsbary’s “Newborn Feelings” and Anna Stacy’s “New Life” fit together well.

Another trick of editing is finding what themes pervade the journal, and like our unusual winter, this year’s Black River Review is surprising.  Carlton Fisher’s poem “January 2012: Exodus” muses on the comings and goings of local crows.  t.s. ozula sioux’s story “Dust” takes us back to the tragedy of 9/11 and puts us within the tragic event.  Martha Adkins shows us in “Crumb Catcher” a big beard that we can imagine laden with bread crumbs.  And a dozen more poems, stories, essays and art pieces show us what we have been up to over the past year or so. 

This season is about new things or old things looked at in new ways.  It is about finding what works and what goes together.  I hope you enjoy reading through this year’s winners as much as I did.  Happy reading!


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