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...from the editor


John Lennon once wrote that life is what happens while you're busy making other plans. True.

The haze and heat of summer took a train, left, and someone forgot to tell me. I looked up and the trees were a different color. So it goes.

The poets in this issue have waited too long for the works to breathe their truths into the universe. But now it's time. This is a good issue with many voices new to BFR: Robert Lietz, C. E. Chaffin, Jessica Vidrine, Sheema Kalbasi, Laurel K. Dodge, Donald Illich, Ernest Williamson III, Melissa Petrakis, and others. Im pleased with the result, and I think you will be as well.

Words are powerful, and carry the gifts that could save us.


Here's a wonderful Jane Kenyon poem a laser that cuts to the center of the writing process:
Not Writing

A wasp rises to its papery
nest under the eaves
where it daubs

at the gray shape,
but seems unable
to enter its own house.

Such a great lesson for the one who lets it in.

With thought,

Sam Rasnake

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