About This Issue

By on Sep 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

The summer is little more than a memory, but the pieces in this issue, “Heat Wave” (Volume IX Issue 2 – Summer 2010), will give summer a graceful exit.

Whether it’s tributes to a poet who died on the beach (“Ballad of the Skylight Diner” and “Run Down By a Dune Buggy on Fire Island”) or memories of a first kiss at summer camp (“Kissing Peter Tork”), these pieces evoke summer’s warmth, its bright light, and its impermanence.

The artwork and photography in “Heat Wave” take us outside (“River Girl” and “Woman in Hutong”) and use the hot colors of summer (“Solar Eclipse” and “Fire Sky”). One of the youngest contributors we’ve ever had, Aditi Laddha, depicts her version of summer heat in a piece created especially for this issue.

My own summer has been busy, as I’ve spent it getting used to my newborn baby, now a little more than three months old. In order to get this issue out more quickly, I’ve used my own photographs for most of the graphics, rather than creating digital collages for each piece, as I usually do. Hopefully, my choices, which were all made with care, will be appreciated by the contributors.

And now, as summer gasps its last, join our contributors to commemorate it with one final “Heat Wave.”

Heat Wave Contents


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, AlyceWilson.com. In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.