PRISM 53:3 was officially launched last weekend at AWP 2015 in Minneapolis. You can view a few pictures of the cardboard cut-out madness by checking out the Twitter hashtag #pizzapug. But oh, discerning reader, we know you are never one to judge a book by its cover, so let’s discuss the content a bit:
Issue 53:3 opens with the three winners of our 2015 Non-fiction Contest, all of which explore family, identity, and place. In the grand-prize winning piece “Doughnut Eaters,” Diane Bracuk examines her relationship with her father by taking us back to a foggy German town in the 1960s. First runner-up Sarah Mitchell writes about her brother, autism, and life by the ocean in the heartfelt memoir “Sea Salt.” Finally, Ann Cavlovic’s “The Generation After” details her quest to obtain Polish citizenship, and the discoveries she made about her mother along the way.
The fiction selections in 53:3 capture a range of tones and timelines. “Four Nocturnes for Left Hand” by Scott Nadelson offers a window into step-parenting, taking a close look at four evenings in a stepfather’s life over the course of fourteen years. “Plus One” by Greg Rhyno, in contrast, takes place during a single night, when a man attends his high school girlfriend’s wedding. The issue closes with “I Thought I’d Get More” by Richard Kelly Kemick, in which a teenager comes across a surprising item during his stint as a pawnshop employee.
After an all-Canadian-poetry Winter issue, PRISM 53:3 brings you the work of three excellent American poets: Todd Boss, Derek Sheffield and Katy E. Ellis. All three bring poems filled with rhythm and play and good, deep thought. Joining them are Canadians both well-established (Evelyn Lau, Patrick Warner) and new (Angela Rebrec, Margo Wheaton). Highlights include suites of poems on illness and grief by Nora Gould and Daniela Elza, and knockout (in some cases literally) poems by Nicholas Bradley and Michelle Brown, including Michelle’s “Something Funny.”
All together, you’ve got one delicious (and slightly furry) issue. Pick up a copy at your favourite newsstand, or grab one in our online store today!