Things are moving right along here at the Passager office as we gear up to send Issue 56 to the printer. We are so excited for the wealth of wonderful poetry and fiction in this issue… We have some familiar faces in the bunch as well as some new Passager friends for you to meet. We are aiming to have the issue at the printer by late November, so look for it in your mailbox come December!
In other news, we want to give a special shout out to longtime friend and Passager author, Rita Plush, whose collection of short stories, Alterations, is out this year from Penumbra Publishing.
Congratulations to Rita and happy reading to all of our Passager friends!
Many of you read Issue 55 and fell in love with Joyce La Mers, the 2013 Passager Poet, whose humor and wonderful insight moved us. We received word earlier in the week from her friend Patricia Hoad that Joyce passed away on October 4, 2013.
Joyce truly was one of the bright spirits we admire at Passager. Her life inspired us, and we loved hearing stories of her driving “many miles of unplanned, uncharted highway,” driving across the country in her RV, or growing up competing with her brothers to write “comic parodies of poems.” We are honored to have been able to publish her work in Issue 55, and also to have included her in our anthology, Burning Bright.
In her note, Patricia mentions the Nobel Peace Prize, which has been awarded to Francois Englert and Peter W. Higgs for their theoretical physics research on the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle. Patricia writes “you were timely to include this poem of hers in Passager, and she would have been so interested in the Nobel discussion, and would have understood it!” This was one of the singular things about Joyce- she wrapped poetry around the whole world.
We continue to find inspiration in Joyce’s life and writing, and a surprising comfort in her thoughts on the afterlife: “I really want to know, but I don’t believe I will. I believe I will become part of the Mystery and won’t know squat.”
Hi everyone! We are so excited that Issue 55 is here, in the office, RIGHT NOW! It is beautiful. Look for your copy in the mail in the upcoming week!
To celebrate, check out the recordings of 2013 Passager Poet Joyce La Mers reading some of her featured poems by clicking play below!
Thank you, Susan Reimer, for adding your voice to Moira Egan’s Hot Flash Sonnets! Click here to read the wonderful review!
Hot Flash Sonnets by Moira Egan will make its debut on Poetry Daily on Friday, June 28th. Check it out! www.poems.com