{volume fourth, news, notes, ward}

I. VOLUME FOURTH

{isacoustic*} volume fourth is currently being finished, and will be available July 2nd. All submissions from this point forward will appear in volume fifth.

Please take a moment to check out the work of the contributors appearing in volume fourth:

Marjorie Thomsen
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/04/person-marjorie-thomsen-two-poems/

Robert Knox
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/04/person-robert-knox-two-poems/

Robyn Brooks
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/04/person-robyn-brooks-four-poems/

G.B. Ryan
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/06/person-g-b-ryan-one-poem/

Lana Bella
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/06/person-lana-bella-two-poems/

stephanie roberts
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/08/person-stephanie-roberts-two-poems/

Asante Keron Hamid
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/09/person-asante-keron-hamid-three-poems/

M. Carmen Lane
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/09/person-m-carmen-lane-three-poems/

Lee Nash
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/10/person-lee-nash-two-poems/

Arushi Singh
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/10/person-arushi-singh-one-poem/

Devon Balwit
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/11/person-devon-balwit-three-poems/

Grace Marie Grafton
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/12/person-grace-marie-grafton-two-poems/

Holly Lyn Walrath
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/14/person-holly-lyn-walrath-one-poem/

Chris Shorne
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/14/person-chris-shorne-two-poems/

Clara Burghelea
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/15/person-clara-burghelea-one-poem/

Lydia Renfro
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/16/person-lydia-renfro-two-poems/

Michelle Bermudez
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/18/person-michelle-bermudez-two-poems/

Laura Del Col Brown
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/23/person-laura-del-col-brown-three-poems/

Jenny Sadre-Orafai
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/25/person-jenny-sadre-orafai-three-poems/

Susannah Nevison and Molly McCully Brown
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/28/persons-susannah-nevison-molly-mccully-brown-poem/

Rus Khomutoff
https://isacoustic.com/2018/04/30/person-rus-khomutoff-three-poems/

Stephanie L. Harper
https://isacoustic.com/2018/05/02/person-stephanie-l-harper-two-poems/

Rita Anderson
https://isacoustic.com/2018/05/04/person-rita-anderson-two-poems/

Rosemarie Dombrowski
https://isacoustic.com/2018/05/07/person-rosemarie-dombrowski-six-poems/

Rebecca Ruth Gould
https://isacoustic.com/2018/05/07/person-rebecca-ruth-gould-three-poems/

Margarita Serafimova
https://isacoustic.com/2018/05/08/person-margarita-serafimova-seven-poems/

Nicole Melchionda
https://isacoustic.com/2018/05/10/person-nicole-melchionda-four-poems/

Lauren Brazeal
https://isacoustic.com/2018/05/14/person-lauren-brazeal-one-poem/

Chella Courington
https://isacoustic.com/2018/05/16/person-chella-courington-two-poems/

Natalie Mulford
https://isacoustic.com/2018/05/21/person-natalie-mulford-two-poems/

Carl Boon
https://isacoustic.com/2018/05/23/person-carl-boon-five-poems/

Barbara Fant
https://isacoustic.com/2018/05/24/person-barbara-fant-poem/

I.V. Katen
https://isacoustic.com/2018/05/27/person-i-v-katen-two-poems/

Peter Twal
https://isacoustic.com/2018/05/29/person-peter-twal-two-poems/

Dana Alsamsam
https://isacoustic.com/2018/06/15/person-dana-alsamsam-three-poems/

Triin Paja
https://isacoustic.com/2018/06/19/person-triin-paja-four-poems/

Kerry Trautman
https://isacoustic.com/2018/06/21/person-kerry-trautman-three-poems/

Rax King
https://isacoustic.com/2018/06/21/person-rax-king-two-poems/

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II. MISC

volume fourth contributor Holly Lyn Walrath’s poetry collection Glimmerglass Girl is getting killer reviews, and is available from Finishing Line Press at the link below:

https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/glimmerglass-girl-by-holly-lyn-walrath/

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III. RECENT REFLECTIONS

on Silver Road by Kazim Ali:
https://isacoustic.com/2018/06/29/silver-road-essays-maps-calligraphies-kazim-ali/

on What Is Not Beautiful by Adeeba Shahid Talukder:
https://isacoustic.com/2018/06/21/what-is-not-beautiful-poems-adeeba-shahid-talukder/

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IV. HALF LIGHT

Earlier in June, {isacoustic*} released Heather Minette’s Half Light.

Heather currently has signed copies available upon request made to: dearheatherminette@gmail.com

Some words for the work are here:

As a child, I told my mother the alphabet was broken after I’d seen it, for the first time, written down. Something about it, there, all in one place. Also, I wouldn’t hold my breath in front of my action figures. I tell you these, here, because it seems necessary to repeat them as is, as summoned, in my reading of Heather Minette’s Half Light. These are poems of ash and glyph. Of men who believe cigarette over bridge and of women who sculpt faces that their own might become unstuck. These are stories, really. Cloaked urgencies. The statuesque inevitable. I saw things in this book and looked from them to see myself, in the mirror, answering a telephone. Minette fashions spirituals for the plainly dressed and has an eye, not only for detail, but for detail’s double. In Half Light, death has only ever happened once, and is resurrection’s safe space. In Half Light, Minette is six years old, nine years old, thirteen years old, and then born knowing age has nowhere to leave its mark. How does one flee exodus? Or record the unnoticed blip of reckoning? How is the firefly not more known for its time spent as darkness? I didn’t read it here, but remembered, while here, that I read, elsewhere…how mail carriers don’t believe in the afterlife. Minette conjures first, responds later. This is a patient language. This, an abbreviated yearning. A father goes from storyteller to jokester because, when laughing, we all weigh the same. If there is mourning, there is also the chance to rename the toothless mermaid identified by her hair. If there is a passing, there is also a poet who knows that loss is, at best, a ghostwriter. Minette knows what she’s doing. To read this book is to haunt its absence.

You can order Half Light, here:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/heather-minette/half-light/paperback/product-23679092.html

release announcement:
https://isacoustic.com/2018/06/15/heather-minettes-half-light-release-announcement/

review by George Salis:
https://isacoustic.com/2018/06/20/a-review-of-heather-minettes-half-light-by-george-salis/

review by Sara Moore Wagner:
https://isacoustic.com/2018/06/18/sara-moore-wagners-review-of-heather-minettes-half-light/

If you ordered the book, we encourage you to take a photo as such when you receive it and post it to isacoustic’s instagram at:
https://www.instagram.com/isacousticvol/

If you yourself have words for the words of Heather Minette, let us know, here, there, or on goodreads at:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40533588-half-light

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V. ON

editors: Barton Smock and those he happens to be talking with
contact/submit: isacousticsubmissions@gmail.com
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paypal donation link: https://www.paypal.me/BartonSmock or to (bartsmock@gmail.com)

*for donations of 5.00 or more, one will receive a privately self-published work of 60 poems by editor Barton Smock called ~mood piece for baby blur~

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