The Fairfield Review
About The Winter 2002 Edition

Happy New Year to all our new readers and dear friends! We are proud to present this Winter 2002 edition, marking our fifth anniversary of publishing The Fairfield Review.

We wish to take a moment to thank you, all our readers, for your support. It's hard to believe it's been five years. As we look back on past issues, we are pleased with the selections we've received and published, and we look forward to many more years of continuing the literary tradition we have established. Look for some special announcements as we move into our anniversary year.

In this new issue, we are especially pleased to present four students and four writers whose works have never before been published. Publishing new and student writers is an important part of our mission. On a related note, we were delighted to be invited to teach a special poetry lesson to a local 5th grade class. Their enthusiastic response was overwhelming. As a result of that gratifying experience, we are offering to teach similar classes to elementary and high school classes in the Fairfield County, Connecticut area. Please contact us if you are a teacher or school administrator who is interested in taking us up on this offer.

Since it's winter, we'll start with fitting themes, such as ice and introspection. To set the mood, we'd like to start out with our classic: Ask Me, by William Stafford. Then, moving from this former U.S. Poet Laureate, we'd like to introduce you to a wonderful piece from a high school senior named Aaron Midler. We hope you are as impressed with his Elegy To Miles Davis as we are. Enjoy it with a cup of morning tea (or coffee). Then, move to Douglas Terry's, Overflowing, which moves us from the famous to the familiar, the family. Continue to Paul Pineiro's, Last Wishes, a work in the difficult pantoum form. Finally, we were both gripped and disturbed by the first of two pieces we received from Anna V. Q. Ross, The Hartford Circus Fire.

Moving from the theme of fire to that of smoke and landscape, we move out west with Jon W. West and his poem, Sand Creek Massacre Grounds. We'll stay out in the western U.S. and present our first short story, which takes place there, entitled Under the Dark Leopards of the Moon, by T.R. Healy.

Since Valentine's Day is soon upon us, we think it fitting to turn to love poems. Where would the tradition of poetry be without it? We are pleased to introduce you to another talented student, Adam Katz, whose Whispers caught our attention. Next, roll into Jayme Kurland's, Two Poets Waking Up Together. This particular theme is near and dear to us, and it's well done here. To round out this theme, we are proud to present our third poet, Angela Tartaglia, whose In This Very Bed is filled with wonderful overtones of meaning and symbolism. We'll use this work to end our theme of love and move into the season of spring, with all its religious significance of birth and renewal.

Start with Wes Prussing's marvelously told short story, Green, about a lawn, a boy, and his father. Moving back into poetry again, we present Anna V. Q. Ross's second piece, Luna Moth. It's a lovely breathe of spring. Then, for a final turn towards fun and laughter, read Patty Mooney, Tea Party, to finish off our issue with a smile on your face!

For those of us who enjoy the promise of bright white snow as part of the New England season, it's been a disappointing winter thus far. We've had only dustings and are licking the wounds of disappointment. Please understand, we don't enjoy driving in the slippery slush, but remember the slide and glide of skis through in the silence of the woods, and miss it. Hopefully, with our next edition, we'll have had our fill of snow forts with the kids, midnight runs on sleds, and afternoon adventures through powder.

Please be sure to send us your comments and suggestions for future issues, or thoughts about our past five years, by filling out our Guest Book or dropping us a note via email to .

You can find a complete list of this issue's writings in the table of contents and information about contributors in About the Authors.

For all our new readers, thank you for joining us in our anniversary issue. For our old friends, thanks for helping us reach this milestone. Please be sure to hit us with any potent snowballs of thought you have, or your favorite snowman and angel creations. We look forward to hearing from you all.

Edward Granger-Happ
Janet Granger-Happ

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