Green Hills Literary Lantern

 

 

Preface

 

Welcome to GHLL XXIX. We promise not to keep claiming we’re only twenty-nine for the next ten years.

Here you’ll see old friends – Karl Harshbarger, with another story of Casey, set in a world that disappeared long ago, but the events it deals with could not be more timely. Barry Kitterman and Gary Fincke return as well. David Langinlais has been with us only a few times, but we are proud that work that first appeared in GHLL is part of his second collection, due out soon. Joseph A. Boone, though a senior writer, appears here for the first time, with a strange and compelling flashback; Suvi Mahonen, also new, offers an intense and credible look into the experience of infatuation, the craziness that afflicts the noncrazy. William Kirk has his first published story in this issue – and what a start!

Our poets too include a variety of familiar bylines – Lee Rossi, Lisa Baron, Joan Payne Kincaid, Fred Yannantuono, Cathy Porter, Larry Thomas and others. No editor would fail to read on after encountering titles like “The Boy Charged With Delivering Loss to the World” and “Dementia is Funny But Can Really Get You Down.”

It’s no ivory tower. We have  among our authors this time an army aviator, a dentist, a high school student, and a hedge-fund manager. We have poems and stories set in Egypt, China, Canada, New York City, Mexico, Australia – the world is our oyster (Oh. We have one about oysters). Some take us to the long ago as well as the far away: Singapore’s Bukit Ho Swee Fire of 1961, the Great Northern Woods after WWII, and one I find strangely familiar, Thomas J. Rice’s evocation of a 1950s Ireland much like Vance Randolph’s Ozarks, where a little girl innocently told the great folklorist, “we always lie to strangers.”

Come on in, have a look around. You can see an awful long way from here.

-ABD