The Fairfield Review
About The Summer 2002 Edition

Dear Reader,

In these dog days of summer we release to you our Summer 2002 issue, a hefty one, sweltering in its own weight. We have been amazed at the increase in the number of submissions we’ve received and thank you for your enthusiasm and excitement in our venture.

We’re proud to bring you an impressive list of authors in this, our fifth year of publication. We were somewhat dismayed that we are only publishing one “first time author” in this issue and want to be sure our readership is aware that we are always seeking new writers. If there are any of you reading this, please review our issue carefully, to get a sense of our taste, and send us your creations if you feel they would fit into our niche.

We are also proud to announce that, with the help of our new intern, David Nitkin, we will be creating our first printed edition, the “Best of the Fairfield Review,” celebrating the work we have published on-line for the past five years. We’ll be announcing more about this issue in the fall!

Summer is a time for travel. Here is a road map for this vacation edition. Hop a ride with the travelling circus in Lad Moore’s Opptin’ the Saltbays.. Keep on truckin’ with Phibby Venable’s Traveling, and take a literary to visit to Costa Rica, by Michael Zack, staying with him for Jamaica Picture. Finish the travel theme with Love Song for a Bus Driver, by Aaron Rudolph.

Continue in the hot and bothered lane with four love poems: Wild Ponies at Chincoteague, by Lisa Somberger, Love in the Library, by Kirby Wright, Crossover Flirting, by Allison Whittenberg, and our classic for this issue, from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets From the Portuguese, Sonnet XIV.

After the heat, contemplate Sirsasana (The Headstand), by Charles Levenstein and take a brief siesta with Behind the Mews, by Taylor Graham, and In an Article on Sleep, by Jackie Bartley. Cool off further with Ice Storm, by Nancy A. Henry and In the other universe, by Kelley Jean White. Synergist, by Michael Keshigian, sings a happy note and then visit older friends in Apple Doll, by Mary Ellen Elias and Old Dog King, our second offering by Taylor Graham. Finish our summer poetry selections by going Fishing, with Nathan Leslie.

We’ll leave you with a thriller: Victims, by Peter Larmey --a new fiction author-- a chilling end to a sultry edition. We hope you’re staying cool. We’ve been hiding out, hermits in our air-conditioned home. We had one glorious spate of weather last week, reminding us of what summer used to be, and can still be, sometimes.

Please be sure to send us your comments and suggestions for future issues 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.

Here’s to wishing children everywhere are still riding their bikes to the nearest swimming hole, laughing under waterfalls, and lying in the sun. Summer is chasing down the ice cream man, counting out your allowance, and getting the best ice pop. Happiness is lying in the grass next to your best friend, watching for shooting stars, or running through the sprinkler, screaming.

Looking forward to hearing from you when you get back to your desks in the fall.

Edward Granger-Happ
Janet Granger-Happ

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