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Hi everyone,

Today, our fourteenth issue went live. I know, a little late, right? We apologize for that. But we hope that you will check it out in your spare time.

As most of you have probably noticed on our homepage, Decades Review submissions are temporarily closed. We are not certain when they will be live again, to be honest. Since the start of DR, we’ve been a very short-staffed magazine. At most, we’ve only ever had four people working through submissions, managing the site, as well as the social media. We’ve grown fifteen times larger since issue five, in terms of submissions. It’s been a wild ride that I’ve been very happy to be a part of.

Issue one released October 2011. I started DR as a hobby back then. It quickly grew into something amazing…something that I never expected it to be. Since then, we’ve gained and lost editors and staff members along the way. But, we stayed strong. Today, this will be the last post you see from DR until our submissions open up again. We are taking time off to focus on our personal lives, careers, and other hobbies we enjoy. We hope you understand.

In the meantime, we wish your pieces luck elsewhere. There are a lot of great magazines out there, and we’ll even recommend a few of our favorites!
Front Porch Review: http://frontporchrvw.com/issue/january-2015/article/submit
The Camel Saloon: http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/p/submission-guidelines.html
Or any publication listed HERE: https://yorickmagazine.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/support-lit-5-magazines-to-get-you-started/

Hopefully we will be back at it soon. We appreciate each of our contributors, readers, and all of the support we’ve received in the past.
Thanks everyone,
Josh Hess and all of the DR Staff
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Ian Mullins hails from Liverpool, England. His poetry has been widely published in magazines and on the ‘net, and in the online chapbook ‘The Dog Outside the Palace Gates.’ Last year his sister bought him his first camera, for his 52nd birthday. ‘Drag’ is the first photo he submitted to a magazine, and the first to be accepted.

Decades Review Issue 13 is live!

A big thanks to October 2014 contributors Christopher Woods, Hannah Lambert, Clinton Inman,Tim Wilkenson, Chila Woychik, Daniel Davis, Ed Nichols, Brian Ó Faoláin, Andrew Samuelsen, Michael Lee Johnson, A.J. Huffman, Tessa Cheek, Neila Mezynski, Eric Evans, Benjamin DeVos, Carl Scharwath, Perry L. Powell, April Salzano, Michelle Watters, Aaron Wiegert, Sarah Sherman, Aleah Sato, Elizabeth Evenson-Dencklau, David R. Forman, and Damon Ferrel Marbut!

Click here to enjoy some of the sickest poetry, prose, art, and photography we’ve ever had the pleasure to publish!

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: http://www.theartlessdodgespress.com/BUMMED_OUT_CITY.html

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.

THE REFRAIN
by Anne Whitehouse

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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.

I-am-what-I-am.

Review by Josh Hess,
Founder in Chief
Decades Review

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If you would like our team to review something, please send an e-mail to decadesreview@gmail.com with an excerpt, bio, and please be sure you can send a hard copy to any address we ask.

Thanks!
Josh

Hey all of you glorious contributors!

We want to make sure we have all of your bios on our website! It’ll just take a couple of minutes to check. Simply go to our website and look for your bio under “Contributors”. If it’s there, you’re golden! If it’s not and you’d like to have it there, please email your 50 word, third-person bio to mr.joshhess@gmail.com with the subject “Bio – last name”. We will continue to take updated bios, but we will stop taking past contributor bios on August 11, 2014.

We appreciate your cooperation!

– Josh, Paige, and Jessica