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About The Spring-Summer 1998 Edition

At last, our Spring-Summer issue! We thank you, our patient readers. Thank-you also for reading our Winter issue, which attracted hundreds of visitors, readers, and browsers... the most widely read issue since we started The Fairfield Review. We know we have many enthusiasts now watching for the new words, waiting for new Ripe Mangoes to pick and savor. There's a wonderful, juicy one here, from Halsted, a repeat contributor to our poetry section. And if you like her style, read dog spelled backwards; it's chilling.

Halsted's poetry is an appropriate way to introduce our new finds. There are two haunting stories in our fiction section: The first, Swatting at Butterflies, by Joseph Conlin, is about children and parents and parents and children, the circular motion of aging, the cycles of childhood and adulthood. The second, Out Here in the Perimeter, by Daniel Vollaro, is a timely treatment of one pilot's struggle with "the pre-packaged model of patriarchy he was handed as a child, that makes assumptions about patriotism, war, women, religion, etc.", to quote our author. While his experience with the Armed Forces has no relation whatsoever to the new W.W.II history craze, it an interesting approach and, we thought, a perspective worth exploring and sharing.

The stories bring us back to yearning for hearth and home-- so go on to Till the Cows Come Home..., by Patricia Cook. Turning from family to romance, we enjoy His Escape to Lake Erie, by Patty Mooney, and in an interesting twist on love and "marriage," Gillian Grozier's The Dog Fox. Finally, with the big questions Curtis Johnson is prone to ask, don't miss Same Skin. This brings us back to the beginning, to similarities among us all, our muses, and our own particular "passions." With that thought, we leave you with a classic poem by William Stafford that holds a special place in our hearts, and leads the way to our fall issue.

You can find a complete list of this issue's writings in the table of contents and information about contributors in About the Authors. Please send us your comments and suggestions. When you visit our site, please fill out our Guest Book or drop us a note via email.

We condensed our spring and summer issues into one because it appears many contributors are away, enjoying vacations from work, or life. Please continue to send us your work... though be forewarned we have our quirks and favorites, come time to choose. We'd love to see more work, more quality writing for which we are always patient, so send us your best. We continue to desire work from "new" authors of all ages. So as you go back inside this fall, back to school and work, think about the beautiful changing leaves here in Connecticut and drop us a colorful thought or two.

Janet Granger
Edward Happ

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