Wild Violet Featured Works: Week of Sep. 2 (Labor Day)

By on Sep 1, 2013 in Issue Archives


Labor Day, the American celebration of workers, also signifies the beginning of the transition from summer to fall. This week’s contributors celebrate the two meanings of the holiday.

Jane Bowman Smith’s poem, “Wrightsville Beach: Observation Lesson,” shows us a writer’s distant view of the world. 

Mahnaz Badihian’s poem, “Gathas,” takes a lyrical look at the turn of the seasons. 

In Melodie Corrigall’s “OlĂ©,” a sick office worker goes toreador on her colleagues. 


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.