volume third of {isacoustic*} is slated to print in late May. I had been in contact with the poet Jill Chan, who sent me three poems for volume first, to run a review in volume third of her book of poems, What To Believe. As I prepared to write the review, I learned she had passed away just days previous. I don’t, did not, have words. I wish we weren’t so small.

I would like to publish in volume third any remembrances, poems, asides by those Jill and her work touched. I am making this volume of {isacoustic*} free to anyone requesting, and will be sending it to all taking part in the honoring, to all contributors published in the volume, and to all contributors of the past two volumes.

If you knew, by which I mean know, Jill, by person, spirit, or by work…you can send such remembrances to isacousticsubmissions@gmail.com in any form you see fit, and I will get them into volume third. Would prefer to receive them within the next two months.


three poems by Jill Chan

Everything becomes serious…

Everything becomes serious

when we are sick.

Life is a series of tiny misses.

Living has become difficult.

Not difficult like illness

but difficult like uncertainty,

like accident, its aftermath.

You are my uncertain hope.

Like morning, like dust.

Dust that wakes me.


“Dew Light”
after W.S. Merwin

I haven’t thought of the day.

I am only in it.

Today when everything

is present

even when it is not here.

I haven’t thought of dew,

how it settles majestically

on a thing that stays.


The Dark

I’ve become uncommonly afraid.

The littlest things rattle me.

I’m afraid of being left alone.

Where is the one who was brave?

Where does courage go?

Even when beauty stills me,

fear is the dark I hold.

Where does the night go

between the time we stay

and the hour we arrive?


on Jill Chan’s What To Believe:

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