Featured: Week of August 27

By on Aug 28, 2012 in Issue Archives


Welcome to a new beginning! After years of struggling to maintain the quarterly publishing schedule — with its lengthy, intense periods of design work — we’ve moved towards a publishing model that makes more sense: both for me and for our contributors. Scrapping the “issue” format, each week we’ll publish a small range of pieces that work together. Sometimes it will be poetry, sometimes fiction, humor, essays, reviews, interviews or more. For those interested in how to cite Wild Violet works, now that the publishing format has changed, please view our “About” page.

This week, our featured works are:

Bruce Douglas Reeves, Whither Zenobia?, a piece about two women searching for themselves and for traces of an historical figure in Syria. Written in 2011, the picture of Syria is both ancient and an ominous foreshadowing of the civil unrest that country experiences today.

David Oates, New Crop, a humor piece about mistaken assumptions by some Burmese peasants about the nature of democracy. 

Ruth Gooley, Clint and Buck, a poem that contemplates both reality and nature, as the speaker journeys through the Western landscape.

Please check out our Contests page, as we have extended the 2011-2012 contest deadline to November. Also, we are looking for bloggers to write about the arts (writing, performing arts, visual arts, music, etc.) If you are interested, please e-mail me.



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.