Monthly Archives: September 2014

DR is pleased to announce the release of Scott Burr’s first novel, Bummed Out City (Artless Dodges Press). A DR contributor in Issue 10 with “My Girlfriend Wants a Dog,” Scott writes about the challenges of finding success after being raised in a generation taught to believe that everyone is special and talented.

You can read an excerpt and order his novel here:


Thank you to all of you who submitted your prose, poetry, artwork, and photography for consideration for our October issue. We’re in the process of reviewing all submissions and are very excited to share with you the beautiful work that will make up issue 13.

All work submitted from today until December 15 will be considered for inclusion in January’s issue, so please continue to bring us along on your adventures through prose and poetry and to excite, provoke, and make us wish we were a part of the artwork and photography you choose to share. We look forward to reviewing your submissions.


Mosquito marker planes dropped

red and green imprints.

The Florence of the Elbe

awaited its charcoal nightmare.


Sirens proclaimed a terror, embraced

by formations of flying steel.

The first incendiary firestorm

rained seismic waves of heat.


Read more of “Ash Wednesday in Dresden (Aschermittwoch in Dresden)” by Carl Scharwath in issue 13 of Decades Review, coming in October.

by Anne Whitehouse


Anne Whitehouse moves us as she writes about her life, love, and personal experiences. She personally invites each reader to step into her shoes and experience life – but in a different way. Each of our senses tingle as we find ourselves reading further into The Refrain.

These poems are one big story — a life well-lived — as she writes about catastrophe and happiness, love and hate, life and death. She encourages the reader to become part of the story, be what you want to be. In the depths of this wonderful read, we find “After Irene”, a poem that expresses many lively feelings. At the end of the poem, Anne gives us hope to this terrible disaster:

We went about repairing the damage,
finding what was essential,
how to survive.

She can honestly touch the hearts of anyone, simply with her own words. I was astonished when I first talked to Anne. She had submitted “After Irene” to Decades Review for publication. Our editors found it, amidst other submissions, to be completely outstanding. I had e-mails sent to me from our readers, who asked me to tell Anne how touching her poem really was.

Anne portrays herself in each word. As if the words were simply meant to be in the order she places them — they beg, they ask her to piece together a puzzle, which soon transforms into a masterpiece. We see this masterpiece as we reflect upon the cruel and truthful words from “Meditations in June” — Anne exposes life, even from the view of others:

The world is a terrible place.
There’s no getting out alive,
Said my friend from his hospital bed.

As this truth pours out onto the table, as these words meet the eyes, I find that Anne is exactly what she is. No matter how you take these words from The Refrain, she is what she is; whatever you portray her to be.


Review by Josh Hess,
Founder in Chief
Decades Review


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You are mint and swamp-charm, but you are no storyteller.

The bones of your family’s past sigh from the cellar –

some still threaten to beat the servants.

Your apostles are rose-cheeked, high boned.

You believe the words that fall to daggers from Revelations,

then pretend Chicago is your son,

LA, your favorite idol.


Read more from Southern Man in issue thirteen of Decades Review, coming in October.