Table of Contents
and the Burn Scars
Fines Double In Work Zone
Guy and Doll
John P. Loonam
Erlynda Jacqui Chan
Allison P. Boye
Magic Bags and Forgotten Princesses
Baking Bread and Other Subtleties
Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb
Ekphrasis at the Mall
Games In Your Uncle's Den
My Spanish Rose
Northern Lights, Southern Soul
Posted on Fifth Avenue
The Himalayan Sunset
Time Decays, Clots
Kristine Ong Muslim
Where You Rest
Stephanie N. Barnes
and Digital Photography
One year ago, Antithesis
Common published its debut issue online on free Geocities and
AOL web spaces; twelve months later, we have had an
immeasurable amount of success and growth at the magazine. In
February, a generous donation from one of our supporters allowed
us to purchase a year's worth of web hosting, and the magazine
officially moved to its new www.antithesiscommon.com
domain. Then in July, we welcomed Niki MacFarlane to our editorial team
to help with the reviewing and decision-making tasks. Her
invaluable assistance with reviews and comments really helped to
pull together the Autumn 2006 issue.
While all of these
positive changes were happening, we also watched proudly as our
visitors and literary contributions grew. A year ago, we were
proud to announce that we reviewed 53 pieces of
writing, 44 artworks and three poetry collections; since then,
submissions have gone up every quarter to nearly double that
It has been a
very exciting year of publishing, and with that comes perhaps our
proudest feat to date. This winter, Antithesis Common will
be releasing an anthology featuring the best works we've published
so far. Tentatively titled Antithesis Common: Best of 2005/06,
the book will be published at the end of the year, and best of
all, it will be in print.
publishing revolution has come a long way. A scant ten years ago,
emailed, simple text e-zines were just starting to emerge, but now
web publications are a bona fide part of the publishing world.
Still, nothing beats seeing your name in print, or curling up with
your favorite book on a cold, rainy day when the only thing on
your schedule is to enjoy life.
without question one of the best escapes from the world or,
depending on your tastes, one of the best ways to expand your
world and discover new things. Antithesis Common has always
tried to provide both for our readers in online form, but we have
also always endeavored to move into the printing world. We hope
our first anthology will help us to do that while giving our
readers a look back at what was a great year of literary works.
about the anthology will be announced soon, so please stay tuned to
the "News" section of our website.
As I hope will
become habit, I'll close with
a few emails from our readers, since comments like these (some
surprisingly prophetic) are the things that keep us going:
"Just read the article written by D.E. Fredd on the copier machine guy. I thought it was terrific. I loved the technical depth that the character displayed and the kinship he developed with Ruthie. How fitting, quirky and utterly romantic at the same time was the idea of being buried with the Gestetner!
This was my first time at your site but I will definitely come back. You also have the best artwork of any of the zines. So nice to see a collection of international artists.
I will definitely bookmark your site. Thanks for sharing."
"I came across your website when I was perusing NewPages, and was impressed by how friendly it is. I very much like Foster Dickson's "On Hearing Li-Young Read His Poetry" as it reflects the disconnect that sometimes occurs between visiting poets and the communities in which they read. The cover art of the summer issue is quite appropriate for completing your first year (Congratulations!); someone once told me that purple is symbolic of changes to come.
[How right you are! -Ed.]"