Apologies to Kenny Rogers for appropriating his song title, but it’s that time of year again. The Hallmarkiest of holidays is upon us. Whether you celebrate it or not (or just meme about it), we have something for you this month in our “love or something unlike it” themed selection, drawing on the emotions that interpersonal relationships tend to create among us humans. Take a gander at what we have in store this month:
We open with Kevin White’s short story “Bowl of Peaches,” a meditation on love lost and the despair one feels in the aftermath. The one scene story revolves around a meeting between a one-time couple whose wounds have not completely healed.
Our next short story comes from A.D. Wolf. “Words Unspoken” looks at the other end of a relationship – the beginning. Her description of an intimate scene between two lovers ruminates on an idea at the steamier end of the romance spectrum.
February’s Featured Poet is James Whitley. His four poems touch the senses playfully, thoughtfully and pierce the heart as easily as the mind. Venture forth with your own conclusions as he states, “Rewrite history – especially the darker periods – and try to resell the revision as best you can.”
Jack has new podcasts for us as well, well, actually four distinctive new podcasts: three are mystery short stories. Each is under an hour in length and a classic in its genre. The fourth is a musical feature for V-Day entitled “Dark Valentine.” Stay tuned!
— Your Baristas