I am very pleased to report that my short story, “Cathy and Jimmy and Clarence Makes Three,” has been published in the November 2018 issue of Aji Magazine. I wrote the story in graduate school in 1985, so it made the rounds of editors’ desks for a very, very long time. When I read the Aji editor’s welcome to the November edition, I understood why “Cathy and Jimmy” was chosen (although a small part of me initially objected):
The stories, poems, and essays in this issue introduce readers to characters that are hopelessly lost, their hopes bound by Blake’s “mind-forg’d manacles,” which today seem as binding as ever. There are no easy answers here; instead, you’ll find a steady supply of ordinary dilemmas terrifying because of their close proximity to our own routines and our own unquestioned assumptions about what it means to be human, to live fully (Armendarez).
A few days’ prior to the release of the issue, I received a copy to proofread. I was captivated by the power and range of the other work included, and I read the issue cover to cover. I would encourage you to do the same. Here is a short list of my favorites:
- “Growing Golden,” photograph by Rhett Pritchard
- “Time and Chance,” essay by John Jacobson
- “Image 7715,” painting by Jim Zola
- “Camerawomen: Canadian Tundra,” poem by Michelle McMillan-Holifield
- “My Father’s Accident,” essay by César Alejandro Zamora
- “Half Living,” poem by Pepper Trail
- “Roast Beef,” poem by Helen Tzagoloff
- “Rio Celeste,” poem by Mabel Lee
- “The Professor,” poem by Gaby Bedetti
- “The Infared Yacht Club,” photograph by Rhett Pritchard
- “Night Journey,” poem by Sarah Joyce Bersonsage
- “Homecoming (Flint Michigan), poem by Sarah Joyce Bersonsage
“1974 Echo.” 1974. Echo74, Enosburg Falls High School, Enosburg Falls, Vermont, Volume 23.
Armendarez, Erin O’Neill. “Editor’s Welcome.” Aji Magazine, no. 9, Fall 2018.