2018 Best of the Net Nominations

Congratulations to our nominations for this year’s
Best of the Net!

Poetry
Lineage” by Jay Douglas
Neo” by Tyrek Greene
Peter Discovers Wrinkles in His Shadow” by Shahé Mankerian
(of use)” by Megan Merchant
Two Eggs” by Rebecca Schumejda
The Immigrant, 1909” by Kenneth Wolman

Fiction
Fernweh” by Tamzin Mitchell
Rapture of the Deep” by CJ Spataro

Creative Nonfiction
Only the Gentle, Only the Strong” by Samuel J Fox
Don’t Feed the Yao Guai!” by Colee Wong

For information on the Best of the Net anthology, visit Sundress Publications.
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cahoodaloodaling Turns Six!

cat birthdaycahoodaloodaling turned six this May and I can hardly believe it. We’ve been incredibly lucky, both with who has volunteered time on staff and the amazing submissions we’ve received for our themed calls. With 26 issues under our belt, we’re excited to move into our 7th year!

We’ve had some recent staff additions I’d love to take a second to brag about. Sam Singleton, our Assistant Poetry Editor, is pretty fantastic, but you don’t need to take my word on it. Rachel Nix, la capitana of the poetry team, interviewed Sam for our Queer Spaces issue this winter.

Then we snagged Tara Wood, who has been working furiously in the background reading prose submissions. Besides being a great reader, she’s a badass researcher working on Huntington’s Disease.

Wes Jamison, who guest edited our most recent issue on lyric essays, has decided to stay on and we’re quite tickled about having our very own Nonfiction Guru on staff. Rachel also recently interviewed him.

Chainsaw and Noodle

Chainsaw protects the apartment from wayward lizards under the steady guidance of his overseer, Noodle.

And finally, we scored Ann Bowler, who has helped behind the scenes with covers in the past and not only designed The Lyric Essay cover, but also supplied the artwork. She’s also my roommate in Baton Rouge, LA, and while I’m back in Santa Rosa, CA for the summer, she’s keeping me supplied with darling photos of her cats, who I have decided are the official mascots of cahoodaloodaling.

Another change is underway! Because so many of us are tied to the academic calendar, and because we have been so wonderfully fortunate to receive large numbers of submissions, we’ve decided to cut back to three themed issues a year: October 31st, February 28/9th, and June 30th. We’re already open for our 27th issue, Joy Sticks, guest edited by the phenomenal Alina Stefanescu. Slated for October 31st, we think an issue on Joy is the proper way to begin what promises to be a magical year. So here’s to seven! We hope you join us.

—Raquel Thorne

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Issue #26 – The Lyric Essay

That which at first appears to be a lyric essay may be something else, just as the converse may also be true. And that which at first appears real, under scrutiny, demonstrates a deficit of reality. So writers use language to shore up cordons around the insufficiently-real object or phrase or event precisely so that she may vivisect it into a desired product, torture it into manageability.

Read the full guest editor letter from Wes Jamison

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Guest Editor’s Spotlight:
Only the Gentle, Only the Strong by Samuel J Fox

A Brief History of Women and Failure by Kristen Holt-Browning

A Wish You Must Cultivate by Bill Wolak

Good Guess by Kristine Langley Mahler

A Requirement Unrequited by Emily Townsend

3. I Forgot the Stance of Cliffs Meeting Water by Anne Gorrick

Variables by Nora Bonner

Don’t Feed the Yao Guai! by Colee Wong

Rorschach Research by Ivars Balkits

“Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, 1927” by Ansel Adams by Eric Dean Wilson

Dissonance by Cover Artist Ann Bowler

That Thing That You Don’t Talk About by Dennis Humphrey

Rachel Nix Interviews Samuel J Fox of Bending Genres

Rachel Nix Interviews Wes Jamison


About Our Guest Editor

 

Wes Jamison Editor PicWes Jamison’s work appears or is forthcoming in 1913, Diagram, Fifth Wednesday, Essay Press, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.

 

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2017 Bettering American Poetry and 2018 Best New Poets Nominations

Congratulations to our 2017 Bettering American Poetry
and 2018 Best New Poets nominations!

BAP

When I Bite My Tongue I Think of the Year I Was Addicted to Xanax” by Siaara Freeman
She Called Me a Dirty Jew” by Phyllis Wax
This Is a Serious Consideration” by Megan Merchant

BNP

Lineage” by Jay Douglas
All-American Roommate” by M. Wright

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Issue #25 – Queer Spaces

It means so many things to be a part of the queer community. By some, we are feared for the way we experience love and rarely celebrated for our expressions of it—oftentimes forcing us to keep so much of who we are to ourselves. One of my favorite lines of poetry states that “it is the voices that make me pull at / my skin this way already stretched / and scarred too many voices on the / inside trying to get out and only / one mouth.”* To me, this is what it feels like to be queer within too many of our communities. It is therefore vital for us to encourage acts of creative expression, so that our mouths become only one of many vehicles used to communicate with the world outside of our bodies.

Read the full guest editor letter from Alesha J Dawson

 

Queer Spaces Cover Final smallGuest Editor’s Spotlight:
Lineage by Jay Douglas

And Then With a Spin I Am Boy Again by Ari Burford

Neo by Tyrek Greene

The Endless, Pressing Night by Holden Wright

Instructions for Those Who have Learned Not to Cry by Alex Vigue

Fernweh by Tamzin Mitchell

Aubade with Pin by Robert Carr

Lesser Erotic Incantations by Ava Hofmann

My Sweet Little Friends by Cover Artist David Andersson

Rachel Nix Interviews Sam Singleton

Rachel Nix Interviews Alesha J Dawson


About Our Guest Editor
Alesha Dawson
Alesha J Dawson
is the editor-in-chief of Screen Door Review—Literary Voices of the Queer South. She has a Master’s in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh and has worked as an adjunct English professor at the University of Montevallo and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She currently works as a case manager at a life insurance company during the day to allow for her editing and writing by night. She currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her two cats, Pushkin and Bede.

 

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2017 Pushcart Prize & 2018 Best Small Fictions Nominations

Congratulations to our 2017 Pushcart
and 2018 Best Small Fictions nominations!

Pushcart

In-Season” by Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll
She Called Me a Dirty Jew” by Phyllis Wax
The Immigrant, 1909” by Kenneth Wolman
Peter Discovers Wrinkles in His Shadow” by Shahé Mankerian
Boat Guy” by Joe Dornich
No-One Suspects Your Shoulder Blades of Wings” by Wes Jamison

 BSF

End Game” by Nancy Ludmerer
The Favorite” by Kelly Flynn
How to Drive Across the Country” by Vivian Wagner

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Issue #24 – Solitude’s Spectrum

Solitude is a part of every life, and from person to person it can mean something different and new, something dour and tragic, something essential and protected, desired, feared. When I first put into words why I felt solitude would make such a fascinating theme for an issue, I had my own unique connotation in mind, my own vision of solitude: the cool, quiet afternoons spent alone writing, puttering about, resting, reading, no need to go out, no need to have anyone in, just staying tucked away because going out can be so damned draining sometimes. I seek days alone. I need days alone. Solitude is an essential companion. And while I know not everyone’s vision of the word “solitude” is the same, and I expected different variations on the tune, the array of interpretations that spilled into our inbox surpassed any of my expectations.

Read the full guest editor letter from James H Duncan

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Guest Editor’s Spotlight:
(of use) by Megan Merchant

Titanium Wrench by Jonathan Travelstead

After Noon by Thomas Gillaspy

Rapture of the Deep by CJ Spataro

Campfires by Bridget Clawson

Peter Discovers Wrinkles in his Shadow by Shahé Mankerian

The Trash Man by Andrew Mondry

Dead Mako by Tomas Bird

Reflection by Shanti Weiland

Night Bloom by Samantha Malay

Two Eggs by Rebecca Schumejda

Agates by Benjamin Malay

Tartaruga by Catherine Arra

The Immigrant, 1909 by Kenneth Wolman

When I Bite My Tongue I Think of the Year I Was Addicted to Xanax by Siaara Freeman

No-One Suspects Your Shoulderblades of Wings by Wes Jamison

  Wind and Space by Cover Artist Brad G. Garber

Wings Outside the Window: Review of Chloe Honum’s Then Winter by Sonja Johanson

Rachel Nix Interviews April Michelle Bratten

 Rachel Nix Interviews James H Duncan


About Our Guest Editor
James H DuncanJames H Duncan is the editor of Hobo Camp Review, a literary magazine celebrating the traveling word. After graduating from Southern Vermont College in Bennington, VT in 2004, he took to the road and traversed the long stretches of highway between Maine and California, Mexico and Montreal, finding moments of respite in book shops, dive bars, cafes, diners, and train stations. Along the way, James worked as a landscaper, drove a snow plow, painted houses, slept through overnight security jobs, toiled as a chef, and held a few handyman jobs before transitioning to wordsmith positions at trade publishers, newspapers, as a writer for American Artist magazine, and as an acquisitions editor for Writer’s Digest Books. Twice nominated for the Best of the Net award and once for the Pushcart Prize for my poetry, James is the author of a dozen collections of poetry and fiction, including What Lies In Wait, Dead City Jazz, Berlin, and The Cards We Keep, and has appeared in such magazines as Drunk Monkeys, Five:2:One, Pulp ModernRed Fez, Plainsongs, Reed Magazine, The Homestead Review, The Battered Suitcase, San Pedro River Review, Up the Staircase, The Aurorean, Poetry Salzburg Review, and Gutter Eloquence Magazine, among many others. He currently writes columns for The Blue Mountain Review and hosts a monthly poetry read series in Troy, NY alongside poet R.M. Engelhardt called The Troy Poetry Mission. When he’s not freelancing, he’s writing novels, columns, short stories, and poetry. For more, please visit www.jameshduncan.com.

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2017 Best of the Net Nominations

Congratulations to our nominations for
Best of the Net!

The Comrade” by Kathleen McClung

The Mermaids” by Erinn Batykefer

This Is a Serious Consideration” by Megan Merchant

All-American Roommate” by M. Wright

L’aurore” by Meg Drummond-Wilson

She Called Me a Dirty Jew” by Phyllis Wax

I Curse Because” by Wang Ping

To Gorgeous, From Sis” by Chuck Nwoke

For information on the Best of the Net anthology, visit Sundress Publications.
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Issue #23 – Up Yours!

You deserve to be angry. If you’re questioning yourself, if you think you should magically acquire a hyper-masculine stiff upper lip and stop “overreacting,” if you find yourself feeling diminished just by walking on your college campus or at your office job or sitting down at a family dinner—I promise, what you’re feeling is valid.

Read the full guest editor letter from Hannah Hamilton

Up Yours! Cover

Guest Editor’s Spotlight:
Mindcunt by Alison Rumfitt

End Game by Nancy Ludmerer

The Comrade by Kathleen McClung

Tears from a Frontline by Arusha Topazzini

#PinoyPride by Sade Andria Zabala

Diagnosis: Super Dick by Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas

Boat Guy by Joe Dornich

Mass Media by Sierra Schepmann

Biggest Fan by Christopher T. Werkman

Waterless Cooking by Karl Williams

Role Model by Barbara Nishimoto

Angry Giraffe by Jessy Randall

I Curse Because by Ping Wang

The Mermaids by Erinn Batykefer

Cover Art for Up Yours! by Dorthy Ray

Rachel Nix Interviews Dustin Pearson

 Rachel Nix Interviews Hannah Hamilton


About Our Guest Editor
Hannah in CarHannah Hamilton lives in Baton Rouge, LA, and is currently finishing up her last year of undergrad at Louisiana State University. More importantly, she makes killer stir-fry, is terribly concerned with the exploitation of imbalanced power dynamics, and enjoys writing vaguely autobiographical werewolf poetry in the margins of all her notebooks. Sometimes she takes naps on her lunch break at work.

cahoodaloodaling is excited to announce that Hannah will be remaining on staff as our new assistant editor!

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PPP&P #3 Spring 2017

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PPP&P spotlights recently published work from our sister journals at Sundress Publications: Pretty Owl Poetry, Rogue Agent, Stirring, and Wicked Alice. Much like the astrology practiced in Telangana in which a parrot is used to pick some cards as luck for the customer, Prasanna hopes her picks will bring luck (and inspiration) to our readers.

 

Pretty Owl Poetry

In “Room of Rind and Pith“, Grace Arenas waxes about the ‘room of discord’ and the beauty found in decay:

     half-chewed and spat.
Room of weeks-gone bread
and rainfall, egg shell,
forsaken seedling

Choose a little glorified subject and wax poetic on its power.

*

In “The Sensorium of the Cyborg“, Laurin DeChae introduces ‘i’ the machine. Notice the tug between the familiar ‘I’ and the unfamiliar ‘i’.

where there is _______ i sees _______
now you see her, now, now,
i doesn’t want to be here.
i doesn’t want to be
but i was made to machine,

Redefine or introduce a conflicting doppelganger.

 

Rogue Agent

In “Timetable“, McKenzie Lynn Tozan talks of split second decisions that can mean experiences lost or g(r)ained.

I gazed at a tree
and knew if I didn’t start climbing,

I’d never get another chance.

Write of an instance where you ‘seized the moment’.

*

Alessandra Braya‘s “Rebirth” had me musing: How to render her line:

You flayed me and found a hummingbird perched as a
pendant amid my ribs,

Lean into a flight of imagination.

 

Stirring

Andre Collard begins his “Elegy with a Red Wagon” with:

In floodwaters, the fire ants
of South Carolina will link their bodies
to form an island, floating
over drowning cars and streetlights
like a funeral.

This is such an evocative beginning, that I looked up this phenomenon. Now I am all ears for what the poem has to say.

Share a local phenomenon so the reader can vicariously travel.

*

In “J’aime La Règle Qui Corrige L’Émotion“, Michael Sandler‘s writing moves from

guise and form, billowing
to winged image then back to cloud

This perfectly matches the image which inspired this poem: George Braque ‘reviving wings’ in his illustrations.

Think Einstein’s love for music and physics and build a bridge between writing and a different art form. Contrast or draw a parallel.

 

Wicked Alice

Cassie Ciopryna provides a respite from the ordinary life with an astronomical statement in “That Would Be the Cure“:

                                               leak
meteors out of your skin onto mine

Put your telescopic ‘powers of 10’ lenses on to discover something anew.

*

In “I Lose Him Near the Lumber“, Amy Lee Heinlen shows both the highs and pitfalls of hazardous occupations in brief and simple language.

smell of potential
and death

Write a poem with a tone contrary to the subject.

 

 

Feel free to reply and share your responses to Prasanna’s prompts in the comments!

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