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Pocket Money – Troy Boucher
The Girl Who Cuts your Hair – Brett Hursey
Relativity – Brett Hursey
Our Lady of the Scorpions – Deidre Elliot
An Unexpected Show – Shirley Sullivan
The Native – Paul Weidknecht
Skin – Beth Keefauver
Imaginary Husbands – Linda Legters
Daedalus – Carl Auerbach
The Summer before the Revolution – Carl Auerbach
Nuclear Winter – L.D. Van Auken
Clockwise – Meredith Davies Hadaway
The importance of the Ordinary – Stephanie Mendel
Djembe – Camille Stranger
My Afternoon Nap – Marc Berman
He Came Home to Die – Michael Pearce
The Memoirist’s Xmas – Ben Leib
Generic Smoke – Mary Koral
Club Hubba Bubba – Kirby Wright
Midwestern Love Affair – Naomi Gordon-Loebl
The major venture of Pisgah Review is to find and publish the best of contemporary fiction by new and emerging writers as well as new works by established authors. However, sometimes an editor encounters work from the past, feeling keenly the quality of the story, poem, or piece of creative nonfiction, and the dust, unwarranted, that has accumulated and settled on “previously published” work. When such pieces are found, it is an editorial duty, a sacred one, to help breathe new life into such pieces and share them with a new generation of readers.
Such is the mission of this issue. We are proud to highlight “old” work and bring it forth once more into the light of day. The first piece came, again, to me in unearthing an anthology, Kansas Stories, created through a contest of native Kansas authors in 1989. Troy Boucher’s “Pocket Money” was the winner, and I still remember hearing him read it at the release party. From there came two poems from Brett Hursey, and last with a nonfiction piece by Deidre Elliot.
Below, we give credit where credit is due, listing the original publications that showcased these pieces, and for your convenience, we have printed them as our opening selections, followed again by the best of the new. So sit back, reflect, re-inspire, and re-engage. As always, thanks to those who lend their time and talents, and to Brevard College, teaching, moving, and delighting students (as Sir Phillip Sydney would say) since 1853.
“Pocket Money” – Troy Boucher – Kansas Stories, 1989 and Last Kansas Exit
“The Girl Who Cuts Your Hair” – Brett Hursey – Black Warrior Review
“Relativity” – Brett Hursey – Nexus
“Our Lady of the Scoprions” – Deidre Elliott – first published in Petroglyph: Journal of Creative Natural History Writing #6