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Eight more days to submit your artwork, photography, poetry, and prose for consideration for inclusion in Issue 14 of DR. Keep them coming!

Another delicious peek at our upcoming issue:

Untitled by Whitney Judd

Birch leaves fell in autumn after your leaving, in the/wind, before the snow. In the fires as we waited scarlet bent/wood leaned, and the snow became silver runnings in the/moon; near broke the trembling lips of snow.

To see the rest of Whitney’s poem and other searing works of literature, check out Issue 14, out in January.

Decades Review is accepting submissions until 11:59 PM on 12/15 for inclusion in Issue 14. Please continue to submit your artwork, photography, poetry, and prose.

Here’s a sneak peak at what we have in store for you in our upcoming issue:

Immolate by Chelsea Cefalu:

Three minutes after the sun/tomorrow, I’ll be up./Three minutes./The time it takes to boil/thin spaghetti. Or for a man/to loop a chain from a tree/to his neck and hit/the gas. Three minutes, maybe…

To see the rest of Chelsea’s poem and other outstanding pieces of work, check out Issue 14, out in January.

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.

DR

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.

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.