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Cover
Table of Contents
Editor's Notes
Donations
Submission Guidelines
Website

Stories & Essays
'57 Chevy
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By Gary Moshimer
A Visit to India From America...
_ By Shubha Venugopal
Calista Flockhart and the MySpace Hoax
_ By Michael Frissore
Recollections and Revelations
_ By Elizabeth Harbaugh
Springtime Visits
_ By Phyllis Link
Stupendous Stew
_ By Malerie Yolen-Cohen
The Genius
_ By Ray Templeton
The Stranger Below
_ By Sam Vargo
Truant
_ By Louise Norlie
Vacation
_ By Dan Devine
Vegetarian Rage
_ By John A. Ward
What Might Pass Between Them
_ By Alexandra Leake

Poetry
A Glutton For Truth
_ By Richard Fein
A Question of Proper Form
_ By Richard Fein
Boiler Man
_ By Leland Jamieson
Horizons
_ By Davide Trame
Lioness In Miniature
_ By Grace M. Murray
Outdone
_ By Pete Lee
Real Life Elocution
_ By Richard Fein
Rewriting An Ending
_ By Rumit Pancholi
September
_ By Tim Shell
Seven Ways of Looking at a Full Moon
_ By Naiya Wright
Shalom
_ By Jeanne Hugoe-Matthews
Sideways
_ By Kristine Ong Muslim
Spirit
_ By Patrick Frank
The Empty Spaces After You
_ By Rumit Pancholi
Thesaurus
_ By Ed Higgins
Uncle Zebulon
_ By J.R. Salling

Art & Photography
Dora Calo
Robert Carter
Noah Erkes
Andrew Patsalou
Saulius
Filip Wierzbicki

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Editor's Notes
By Sharon Hadrian


Another quarter is gone and another fine issue is now available. By now, I think Antithesis Common is in its most desirable place as far as literary magazines are concerned: we receive several hundred submissions every quarter and the quality of writing and artwork is astounding, but we haven't grown so much that we've lost the meaning behind the magazine.

A few times in the last 18 months, our staff has entertained different ideas for quarterly themes, but each time we've decided that the intent of Antithesis Common would be lost in the midst of that process. That doesn't mean we don't have some great ideas to stir our contributors' creativity! But we'd rather keep the magazine in line with its inceptive philosophy: always open to everyone and every type of work. Themes, "rookie writer" issues, and more restrictive guidelines - though intriguing - would only suppress our original mission. We take these types of changes very seriously.

Our staff has not been without stress or tough times in the past year and a half, and we've done our share of soul searching as we continue to review submissions and release our quarterly magazine in the midst of trying to conduct our own lives (I famously returned from my honeymoon in June and immediately sat down to publish the Summer 2006 issue). But what honestly keeps us going is the feedback we receive from writers and readers of Antithesis Common; whether a simple note to say "Thanks" or a detailed dissection of a particular piece we've published, we read every email we receive (and then save them for when the going gets rough).

Here are some of our favorite comments and letters from this past quarter:

"I had wanted to write you when I first saw the lovely Issue 5 of Antithesis Common online. I simply wanted to compliment you on the issue - I love Filip Wierzbicki's "House" on the cover, which sets the 'fall-esque' tone of this issue well! I look forward to a good read!"

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"I know that it must take time to review each submission but you are doing a great service to people like me who are just starting to write. I haven't been writing poetry for very long so a critique of my work helps me tremendously. Thank you very much."

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"I just finished reading the entire current issue. It's wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! From the art down to the contents - every thing is just amazing and diverse."

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"You have such a wonderfully unique submission process. I think it's great."

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From an Internet forum (found and sent to us by a friend of the magazine): "A note on Antithesis Common for those that may have not submitted there before: They give great feedback! I was really impressed with the editor's comments (almost a full printed page of notes) as well as the overall treatment of the submission."

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"My favorite poem has to be 'Games in Your Uncle's Den' - it had me slapping my forehead and grinning. It skips profound metaphors and symbols and that kind of stuff and goes straight for the punch line, which I like."

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"Antithesis Common was the very first online literary magazine I ever looked at... I remember I was [online] with a friend and I said, 'Oh God, listen to this great name for a magazine!!'"

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