Visit to India From America...
Flockhart and the MySpace Hoax
Recollections and Revelations
The Stranger Below
John A. Ward
What Might Pass Between Them
A Glutton For Truth
A Question of Proper Form
Lioness In Miniature
Grace M. Murray
Real Life Elocution
Rewriting An Ending
Seven Ways of Looking at a Full Moon
Kristine Ong Muslim
The Empty Spaces After You
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
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
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!"
"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."
"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."
"You have such a wonderfully unique submission process. I think it's great."
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."
"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."
"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