Featured: Week of May 13 (Retirement)

By on May 12, 2013 in Issue Archives

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While many people spend every working day dreaming of retirement, upon actually retiring, they may discover new challenges. This week our contributors explore the mixed feelings that can arise:

Old Man” by Michael Lee Johnson, a portrait in poem form of a senior writer at his beachfront home. 

Retirement” by Gwendolyn Jensen, a poem about the feelings of uselessness that can accompany retirement. 

Retirement: Phase II” by Susan Knox, an essay about the way retirement can change a marriage. 



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.