Issue 26

Fall 2020

The authors of our newest issue push and pull at language’s ability to explore the ties that bind us: to the natural world, ourselves, and each other. In this issue, you’ll read poetry that observes the orchestral dance of nature’s smaller creatures and poetry that magnifies the intrusions that halt such observation. You’ll find fiction that strives to archive the ever-changing world around us and both fiction and nonfiction that bravely confront the disappointments of our attachments while wondering what new forms of companionship might emerge through such shifting and loss. We are also excited to bring you five book reviews of recent independent titles, including a review of Nadeem Zaman’s first short story collection and a review of American Ash, AHP and CHR founding editor, Michael Simms’s newest collection of poems, reviewed by longtime CHR contributor, Gerry LaFemina.

Featured Content from Issue 26

Issue 26 | Fall 2020

Where Pop Grew Up

By | Fiction

Personally, I thought Philadelphia was a beautiful place. But I had to confess something too. I needed light as much as I needed darkness. So on days like this, when the sky was somewhere in between heaven and hell, and the clouds were up there, loitering with bad intentions, it didn’t feel like it threatened my fate. I needed days like this, even looked forward to them. Explain that to somebody. 

Issue 26 | Fall 2020

Black Birder

By | Poetry

Instead, he finds the cardinal, drop of blood flitting through the leaves, dancing where the light moves a hand as it breaks here, breaks there, casts shadow against ashen bark.

Issue 26 | Fall 2020

Fearful Symmetry

By | Nonfiction

I tell myself love can happen for me like it did with Scully and Mulder. Every time the world separated them, they always managed to find a way back to one another, even across countries, space and time.
Susan Shaw Sailer

Issue 26 | Fall 2020

The Distance Beyond Sight

By | Book Review

A review of Susan Sailer's poetry collection The Distance Beyond Sight published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company, reviewed by Lori Wilson