Featured Works: Week of Jan. 7 (New Year)

By on Jan 6, 2019 in Issue Archives

New Year tiara with LEGO astronauts

With the new year comes reflection. We look at the past, reflect on the present, and ponder the future. Such is the case here at Wild Violet, where we return to a regular publishing schedule after a lengthy hiatus. Join us in contemplation, celebration, and renewal with poems from longtime contributors to Wild Violet.

The Hammer and the Nail” by Larsen Bowker eulogizes a friend and fellow “word merchant.”

K5, (P10, K10) repeat to last 5sts, K5” by Anthony Botti contemplates a fractured family relationship, with hopes for reconciliation.

The Mad Girl Dreams of Houses Left Behind” by Lyn Lifshin provides a dream-like vision of a former residence and the relationship it symbolizes.

In “The Potato in Me” by Deborah H. Doolittle, a writer engages in a humorous self-evaluation.


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.