Throughout the ages, poets and writers have examined the times in which they lived. As this week’s contributors demonstrate, our modern lifestyle offers opportunities for both humor and reflection.
“In Velvet” by Audrey El-Osta raises a sit-com scene to divine self-expression.
“Princess and the 21st Century Space-Age Mattress” by Mat Labotka provides a humorous update of a classic tale.
“Interior Monologue (Girl with Cell Phone)” by Frank De Canio turns to the sonnet form for a wry dissection of modern culture.
Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet
and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry, keeps an online journal,
and is working on a book, Belated Mommy: How to Cope With Being an Older Mom.
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
(which she plans to update this year); her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life
; and her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life
, can all be ordered from her Web site, AlyceWilson.com
. She lives with her husband, cat and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative first grader, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.