Table of Contents
Editor's Notes
Submission Guidelines

Stories & Essays
A Wedding Toast For Daddy's Little Girl
By Miriam N. Kotzin
_ By Debbi Pless
_ By Rachel Miller
_ By Julie Jordan
Hearts Without Armor
_ By Angela P. Markham
Mental Constipation and Brain Vomit
_ By Winnie Khaw
My Best Subject
_ By Ashley Polker
_ By Samantha Rae
Requiem For An Author
_ By R. Holsen
Sometimes It Pours Only Dogs
_ By Saana Tykkä
The Black Tape
_ By Brad Jashinsky

A Slave To Time
_ By Clyde Windjammer
_ By Kaleen Love
Death By My Lover
_ By Jessica Tempestad
I Am A Pineapple
_ By Rachel Miller
Lament For the Lost Soldier
_ By Melissa Augeri
Laundry Arcade
_ By Ashley Polker
Left Silent To Dream of Wine
_ By Kaleen Love
_ By Henry Grieves
Ode To Microsoft Spell Cheque
_ By Arielle Demchuk
Reminiscent of Society As An Individual
_ By Henry Grieves
Ship's Cook
_ By Heather Inwood
The Phoenix
_ By Kaleen Love
The Raven and the Dove
_ By Melissa Augeri
Train Dreamer
_ By Heather Inwood 

Art & Photography
S. Camargo
_ Photography and Drawings
David C. Clarke
_ Photography
Wiltekirra Samaxionn
_ Photography
Anca Sandu
_ Paintings
Austin Tanney
_ Photography
Ray Tsang
_ Paintings
Mark Warren
_ Photography

Editor's Notes
By Sharon Hadrian

We welcome any and all comments related to the magazine, our contributors, or the issues raised in the stories and art that we feature. If you have something to say, please feel free to drop us an email here. We may publish your letter in our next issue.

A few opening comments
It shouldn’t be kept a secret that the Editorial page was the last one written and formatted for this issue. With so much happening over these past several months, I found myself simultaneously struggling with having nothing and everything to say.

First and foremost, I must discuss our writers and artists, because (clichéd as the saying is) without them there wouldn't be a magazine. Behind the scenes there is a motley crew of folks who also deserve credit. First there are my co-editors, Dawn Felagund and Kirsty Truro, as well as several people who have gone to great lengths to help us promote the magazine, most notably Angela from www.ThumbBandits.com and Miriam N. Kotzin (who provided us with a wealth of resources to get our magazine noticed). But, like a good Academy Award speech, someone will always be forgotten; thus, if you’re reading this, I would like to thank you most of all.

Our Autumn 2005 submissions cycle was a huge success. We received 53 pieces of writing, 3 complete collections of poetry (with some submitting more than 20 poems for consideration!), and 44 artworks, all sent by 34 contributors from around the world. That amounts to 195 total works from all categories!

We have also chosen six entries (three poems and three stories) as our Editor's Picks for this quarter. Although we are proud of all of our contributors, we feel that these entries are especially interesting, unique, and thought-provoking. Our selections are denoted on the Table of Contents page by a small light bulb icon.

The deluge of quality writing and art was amazing, so much so that when final decisions had to be made we created a third category (along with the expected Yes/No decisions): “deferred”. We hope above all else that this classification will help our writers and artists continue to develop, and their pieces will be reconsidered for the Winter 2005 issue. As one of my professors once said, “Nothing is ever written. All good work is rewritten” (apologies if someone said that before Professor Schwartz did). This really underscores what we’re trying to do with Antithesis Common, because although we publish a quarterly magazine, we also send in-depth, personal reviews to all of our writers in hopes that they will grow right along with us.

Now for the real editorial…
Antithesis Common was founded in the Summer of 2005 on principles of diversity: to publish writing and art that is high quality, non-confrontational, and unique from what many of us are accustomed.

Our world is full of labels: black & white, gay & straight, Republican & Democrat, and when we begin to live by these labels and restrict ourselves to only those who look, think, and act like us, our minds become narrower as the gaps between our fellow humans become greater. Thus, the Antithesis Common logo is a rainbow, which represents many things to many different people. Recently, rainbows have come to mean diversity related to culture, race, and sexual preference, but they also mean much more. Our world is a spectrum of color, of opinions, and of different people coming together as one. Send one single, boring ray of light into a prism and you get an entire community of colors radiating and refracting from one central area. Look up into the sky when the rain is ending and the sun is coming out and you'll most likely see that same rainbow hovering over your head. There’s no way to tell where one color ends and the next begins as they gradate into each other, interspersing and overlapping to become one singular marvel of beauty and art for all to see.

It's a simple idea: to ask our readers to think and question what they are reading and where it is coming from, and yet that just doesn't seem to happen very much these days. We are living in an increasingly polarized society, and it would do us all some good to stop and look—truly look—at those around us. It is easy to dismiss someone that we've never met who may live on the other side of the continent and look nothing like us, but it is much harder to dismiss a sister, a friend, a father, or anyone close to us. Would you deprive them of their civil rights, or of their right to love, or their right to think and live freely? Would you provide for them when they were hungry, homeless and cold? Would you care for them when they were sick, and then expect the same in return when you needed help?

Art and literature can bring us these things, these freedoms and comforts. To stop and read about the life of some other person (and let's face it, even fiction is based in some form of reality), or to ponder the choices that those writers or characters had to make, is a small push to close the widening gap that we use to ostracize ourselves from “the others.”

Single points of bright, white light are boring. Rainbows are the way to go.

This world and the people living in it should all be embraced for their diversity, for they are our heritage, our present, and our future. We are all antitheses to somebody, and it is our hope here that we can bring society together in one common place for one common goal: the understanding and support of diversity in all aspects of life.

So please peruse the magazine at your own speed, but we hope that you won’t skip anything, lest you miss out on someone or something you never even knew was there.