Featured Works: Week of Feb. 5 (Animals)

By on Feb 3, 2018 in Issue Archives

Our cat Luke with vivid colors

This weekend, my husband, who goes as Toanstation on his video streaming channel, is hosting a gaming marathon to benefit the Animal Coalition of Delaware County. You can watch the stream and donate here: https://tiltify.com/@toanstation/thank-you-acdc/donate. In honor of that event, our featured works all connect to animals.

Lyn Lifshin’s “Wanting Not an Abstract Horse” deep dives into longing for a human-animal connection.

R. Steve Benson’s poem, “First Fox Here in 30 Years!” celebrates a rare sighting in a suburban neighborhood.

Lisa Clark’s “Me and Chickens (Or My Life Experiences with Domestic Fowl)” takes a personal journey, courtesy of poultry.

Leonard H. Roller’s poem, “Octopus Love,” explores the communication between animals and humans.


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 and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative second grader, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.