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Past Issues -- Volume II

Issue #4 -- Spring 2003

From the mysteries of the Inaka in Japan to gypsy jazz at Birdland, Slow Trainsí spring issue brings you a beautiful blooming of poetry and talented writers focused, as always, on the transforming power of music and art.

Spring poets include Melanie Burke Zetzer, Scott Poole, Matthew Gleckman, Laura McCullough, Tracy C. Alston, Richard Denner, Joanne Detore-Nakamura, Arlene Ang in Venice, Dorothy Bates, P.J. Nights, jj goss, Stacie Barry, and Slow Trainsí angel, Robert Gibbons, telling us how it snows a bit differently in New York City, along with his "Splitting: Planned Improvisations", a lyrical prose poem/essay on just how it might feel to leave oneís day job for the world of writing.

In fiction, Aaron Paulson joins us once again from the Far East, along with David Quinn, Michael Cocchiarale, Carol Papenhausen, and Jamieson Wolf Villenueve. Essays from David A. Taylor, Jeff Beresford-Howe, and the Slow Trains Ten mini-interview from the fabulous new novelist, Michael Gruber, round out our spring issue.

Come visit often and donít forget to visit the Rave On journal, with impromptu voices and poetry from around the world. In this sometimes-dark spring we can only wish peace to all of you and your loved ones, along with every human being involved in the conflicts taking place today. As Jamieson Wolf Villenueve reminds us in his new fiction, it is wise to try and remember that there is still magic in this world.

Issue #3 -- Winter 2002 - 2003

Slow Trains arrives for the solstice full of light and talent and some extraordinary fiction -- an "angel" in the swimming pool from Finland, a rendition of Fur Elise that will not stop playing, a woman who considers the possibility that people have to rebuild themselves every morning, not unlike rebooting a computer, and that loved ones canít always be handled like literary problems...and much more. Our fiction section also basks in the glow of the new "best of the Web," anthology, "E2Ink," guest-edited by Pam Houston, with fifteen "best" selections from online lit journals, including Slow Trains. More information about the book is available front and center on our main page.

Fiction contributors for the winter issue include: Marnie Webb, David Surface, Phoebe Kate Foster, Matthew R. Gleckman, Susanna Laaksonen, Adhara Law, and Adrianna de la Rosa.

The returning light also brings us the return of Judy Bunceís Entering the Monastery series, with fascinating journal entries on the daily challenges of Tassajara, some black widows, and the thousands of stitches she is hand-sewing on her sacred robes, to prepare for her ordination as a monk early next year.

Far from the monastery, Jamie Joy Gatto regales us with tales of gales in New Orleans, filling us in on the daring native ritual of drinking in hurricanes, and her experiences over time with the natural disasters. In other essays, Brian Peters commits the subversive act of reading the Koran, Ward Kelley shares his ideas on poetry as a kind of "reverse prayer", and Steve Silberman offers a special meditative "In Memory" piece about visiting Philip Whalen at the hospice after his death.

The "Slow Trains Ten" continues our mini-interviews with writers -- in this issue, a poet, Jennie Orvino, and a songwriter, David Gans. David is the long-time host of the "Grateful Dead Hour" radio show; Jennie is the creator of the "Make Love Not War" CD, and both of them share with us their original thoughts on writing and creativity.

On Baseball -- Jeff Beresford-Howe give us what we really need right about now, baseball as the antidote to the holiday rush, with his visit to the Mexicali Eagles. Cecilia Tan shares her childhood memories of growing up half-Asian in New Jersey, and why she never learned to play baseball there.

Our winter issue offers poetry that soars -- actually ascends in one case -- dances with nativity, tiptoes like a cat, and paints the kitchen Gucci "Butter Rum Tart".... and thatís just a beginning. We have both poetry and an interview with Emanuel Xavier, Nuyorican Cafe Grand Slam Champion and gay/Latino/Ecuadorian/revolutionary non-activist, author of the newly-released "Americano", and we have a beautifully erotic chapbook from Bill Noble, May Touch Redeem Us, which includes a consideration of just which few things love may or may not transcend.

So spend some time with us, return often for the regularly updated "Rave On" journal, and be sure to check out our new top of the page navigation bar, which will easily let readers view all seven issues of Slow Trains by category since our inaugural issue in the summer of 2001.

Issue #2 -- Fall 2002

Sixteen poets grace our pages in the fall issue with their lyrical words, from India to South Africa to every corner of the U..S.. A cricket, a street of flags, a watch that may or may not be better than nakedness -- these are only a few topics addressed by our poets, who include John Sweet, Janet Buck, P.J. Nights, Alex Stolis, John Eivaz, Robert Gibbons, Joseph Carcel, Nilanshu Kumar Agarwal , Candy Gourlay, Michael A. Hoerman, Daniel Sumrall, William Sovern, Ward Kelley, Merlin Greaves, J. Marcus Weekley, and Prasenjit Maiti .

Cecilia Tan joins us in our "On Baseball" section, with an interesting and fun tale of scalpers, fans, subterfuge, and the riskiness of being a Yankees' fan in the bleachers at Fenway Park.

Jeff Beresford-Howe writes about Lewis in the Bush League, and this bush league is the one found somewhere between Texas and the White House.

Why is it that sperm don't have to go through the agony that prospective adoptive parents do to qualify? Consider this in J.D. Munro's touching and funny essay, Not Suitable for Children.

Other essays in the fall issue include Brian Peters considering any possible moment of hope in the history of slavery; Richard Ammon's fascinating tale of what it's like to be gay in Switzerland, and Jeff Beresford-Howe's soaring (and sometimes crashing!) music reviews.

In fiction, new contributors Benjamin Reed, Christine Hamm, Tim Wenzell, Ptim Callan, Chris Duncan, and Marc Estrin bring us six tales of family, sex, sadness, childhood, and humor -- and we always consider every one of them "the best."

Issue #1 -- Summer 2002

Slow Trains' summer issue arrives full of light and fantasy, complete with a celebration of the colors of embroidery thread, and a masterpiece of an ode to New York City from Robert Gibbons.

Our fiction travels from a perhaps imaginary place called Maniac Island, to the Ever After Book Shoppe, to a blue room made just for special new employees. Our fabulous fiction writers include: Mark Kline , Lisa Taddeo, Diane Payne, Heather Shaw & Tim Pratt, Seonaid Lennox, and William G. Hutchings.

Continue your travels with a train trip through "America's Backyard," an adventure to Bangladesh, a consideration of the ethics of drugs in baseball, and a trip back into the intense childhood of the "horse-fly watcher." Essayists this issue include Brently Johnson, Kate Baldus, Brian Peters, Alana Noel Voth, Jeff Beresford-Howe, Megan Doney, and Emmitt Maxwell Furner, II.

Jumping beans, wedding cakes, colors, and a life that is not quite perfect are among our extraordinary poems, with poets including Robert Gibbons, Michael J. Compton, Stephen Beal, James R. Whitley, P.J. Nights, Lisabet Sarai, Teresa White, c nolan deweese, J.D. Heskin,and Darlene Zagata.

Our "Slow Trains Ten" feature continues with poet Scott Poole discussing Steve Martin as an inspiration, along the complexity of the act of beginning to write, including cold sweats, reading Sports Illustrated, and preparing meals out of nothing but extra virgin olive oil.

And last but not least, our first audio poetry arrives from the fabulously sexy Jennie Orvino, performing her Main Squeeze Blues.

So join us on these long summer days -- and do stop in often to visit the regularly updated Rave On journal, to get more information on our just-about-to-be-released print version of Slow Trains Volume I, and to celebrate the joy of living, like the tiny figures in Teresa White's poem who "walk off their wedding cake into the cool green garden of the world."

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