Past Issues -- Volume I
Issue #4 -- Spring 2002
The Spring Issue of Slow Trains is in full bloom. New features in this issue include "The Slow Trains Ten," wherein we
begin to quiz interesting writers immersed in the creative life about the
things that matter, like their vices, and Yeats' thought on sex & death.
Robert Gibbons is first up, giving us inspired commentary
on dreams and poetry and music and his passions in life. Read The Slow
Trains Ten: Writers on the Creative Life.
Another new feature in this issue is our first online chapbook, the glorious
Soup Sonnets, which are "the way a gasp of excitement sounds, when
you take it easy."
New fiction includes the dream-like writing of Thaisa Frank; a tale of
Mexican beaches and love reconsidered by Marcy Sheiner; a redefined
youthful dictionary by William Dean; a woman's passion for her telescope
and the night sky by Adhara Law; and a touching rendition on growing up
female in 1960 and discovering just what it is that makes women happy,
by David-Matthew Barnes.
Essayists for this issue include Richard Ammon, Tom Sheehan, Derek Jenkins,
Marguerite Colson, Blue Wind Kami, and Diane Payne, with subjects ranging
from what it's like to by gay in Communist China, to a hospice garden,
King Biscuit Blues.
In our baseball section, Jeff Beresford-Howe explains what really happens
when you stand up against the Yankees, as only a true Oakland A's fan can.
Poetry in the spring issue dances, soars, contemplates, takes a sad turn,
visits grandfather's favorite chair, and considers a cyber-sex goddess,
but never goes to hell in a handbag, as a character in P.J. Nights' poem
Poets include Steve Silberman, John Sweet (who says he "lives with his wife
and son in a hideously depressing town in upstate New York, which serves
as the backdrop for much of his work"), Karen Mandell, Robert Gibbons,
Scott Poole, Brian Turner, P.J. Nights, Janet I. Buck, and Bruce Taylor.
Slow Trains has reached the end of its first year of publication with our
4th quarterly issue, and it has been an absolute delight to work with so
talented contributors from around the globe. Be sure to take a peek at our
Contributors List, which will link you back directly to their individual
We leave you for this season with the words of one of our favorite modern
poets, who charms us each week with his "poetry newsletter," and who I'm
doesn't really want you to spend too much time on this bright spring day
worrying about the question that arises in his jazzy encyclopedic poem,
"How will they sum up your life in a thousand years in one paragraph?"
Issue #3 -- Winter 2001 - 2002
The Winter Issue for 2001 - 2002 comes to you full of light on
this solstice, and brings our most peaceful wishes for your holiday season.
Our Winter Issue travels from Ecuador to Iowa, with great writing on
childhood, baseball, faith, the pursuit and loss of love, and a bit of an
explanation on what the crocodiles were doing during the "Hangover Sestina."
Our fabulous poets include: P.J. Nights, John Eivaz, Rebecca Lu Kiernan,
Lytton Bell, Michael K. Gause, Lawrence Schimel, Itir Toksoz, Pasquale
Capocasa, Kathryn Rantala, Tony Gruenewald, and a favorite poet who always
brings grace and light to our issues, Robert Gibbons.
With fiction from Patricia Ann McNair, Anne Tourney, Aaron Paulson, Brendan
Connell; essays from Brian Peters, Tony Leather, Marcy Sheiner, Dave Gregg,
Anthony Puccinelli, David Taylor, Judy Bunce; and music and memories from
Jeff Beresford-Howe, William Dean, and Samamtha Capps Emerson, our Winter
Issue awaits to warm and entice you.
September 11 Special Section
Issue #2 -- Fall 2001
Slow Trains presents our new fall issue with the strongest of hope
that you and yours are well and safe. We humbly offer a September
11 section, devoted to the "enduring freedom" of speech and art, and
will be adding to the voices from around the world as emotions and
recovery allows various artists to contribute.
Our fall issue travels from Pere Lachaise in Paris to Isla de
Janitzio to a zen monastery in San Francisco, with great writing that
covers the hopes and sadnesses of everyday life, along with our
writers' passions for the perfect rosetta latte in Seattle and a
woman loved too briefly and lost, possibly on purpose.
Our fabulous poets include: Richard Evans, William Sovern, Robert
Gibbons, Jessy Randall, Robert R. Cobb, Lawrence Schimel, Magdalena
Alagna, Harold Janzen, and Jon Blackstock.
On baseball: Tom Sheehan writes of The Final Summer in a way that
reaches into the truth and beauty of baseball, and longing, and was
able to bring a tear to this editor's eye more than once.
An Ongoing Journal: Judy Bunce lets us travel with her as she
forsakes her real estate career in San Francisco and makes the
decision to fully enter the San Francisco Zen Center to become a monk.
With fiction from Isabelle Carruthers, S.A. Augustine, Karl Krausbart,
James V. Emanuel, and Marlene Mason; essays from Brian Peters, Ron
Porter, Aaron Paulson, William Dean, and Sam Garcia, and finally a
swinging review of Bob Dylan's latest album from Jeff Beresford-Howe,
the fall issue of Slow Trains is jam-packed with literary delights
and awaits your arrival.
Issue #1 -- Summer 2001
Our launch issue includes some great writing, ranging from the love of music to lyrical,
prismatic, and sometimes downright funny, poems. From Pamplona to Las
Vegas, from baseball to Vietnam, with the humor of pigs in the
bedroom and envelopes that speak, the premiere issue of Slow Trains
travels into some of the most fascinating and vulnerable territories
of our lives.
Poets include: Robert Gibbons, Pasquale Capocasa, Janet I. Buck,
John Eivaz, Samantha Cruz, Christopher Locke, Gerald Forshey,
and Scott Poole.
Essays are included on gambling from Brian Weiss; on Vietnam from
Marc Levy; on the theater of time from Brian Peters, and a tribute to
Bob Dylan (as he is now) from Jeff Beresford-Howe.
In memory: John Lee Hooker, as he was to a fan, Phillip Poff.
On baseball: Oona Short takes a fine flight of fancy with Evie's
first trip to the ballpark in The Truth About Paradise.
Our fiction section includes Michael Braverman's heartbreaking
Paraphernalia; Jamie Joy Gatto's envelopes that speak directly to
a writer's paranoia; Ron Porter's memories of a French lost love, in
Mari ; a double treat from Jerry G. Erwin with Pig Heaven and
Cow Girl, where the animals are sometimes wiser, and more useful,
than humans ; Diane Payne's On Track, a poignant tale of
growing up on all sides of the tracks; and finally, a whimsical
vision of dancing with the streets.