I was once told that Dylan Thomas said if a person can survive childhood and youth, that same person would have all the material needed to fill a lifetime of writing. Much of Thomas’s most famous work centers around childhood, invokes young narrators, and shows characters affected by youth.
And so it is with this issue of Pisgah Review, our fifth, which seeks to honor, examine, and explore—through short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry—the theme of youth. In these pages, many of the narrators are young in years, but are streetwise, book wise, or simply wiseacres. There are characters hanging on to youth as they fight the infirmities of growing old in a mad, mad world. Many of the voices herein face the time-honored questions asked by the young: what is love? what is death? why are we here?
Thanks go out to our newest editors, Ken Chamlee (poetry) and Jennifer McGaha (creative nonfiction), and our editorial board. Thanks to our editorial assistant, Stephen Schoenwolf, and copy editor Sara Claytor. My words fall short of showing Lonnie Busch my deep gratitude and respect. His design, layout, and cover art make Pisgah shine, plus his attention to detail in editing is born from the highest standard. Thanks as well to Brevard College—a community, a family, a home.
So we begin with the well-known quote from Thomas that plumbs the depth of the passions of the young:
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Gary Fincke | Cassius Clay, Live, on Bowling for Dollars
Todd A. Whaley | Like Pigeons
Hadley Boyd | Saturday at Clive’s
E.M. Dalton | Fired
Mary Rudy | Lily
Brian Railsback | If You Were the Only (novel excerpt)
Lisa Lipkind Leibow |Lessons from a Squirrel
Gay Leonhardt |The Present
Margery Kreitman | Circa 1960
Andy Douglas | Sin Bravely
Susan Knox | Remember Me
Patrick Hicks | On the Rez
John M. Anderson | Lefty Lucy
Gregory W. Randall | A Sort of Rhapsody
Derek Henderson | Sprung
Pamela Davis | Flocking to Chapel, Lunar Eclipse
Jean C. Howard | The First Poem of the House
Sharon Mitchell | Sacred Solace
Nancy Simpson | In the Nantahala Gorge
Centa Theresa | Thinking About My Mother on the New Year
Suzanne Comer Bell | Pot Liquor
Laura Wine Paster | Old Miners
E. K. Mortenson | Tree of Knowledge
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