Welcome to Issue No. 13 of Prime Number: 

A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose

Letter from the Editors

Dear Readers,

Just in time for Halloween, we are excited to present lucky Issue No. 13 of Prime Number Magazine. The only thing scary about this issue, though, is how great the work is that we're able to bring you this quarter. We've got terrific short stories for you, including work by Sybil Baker and Benjamin Buchholz, both of whom have novels coming out soon. We've also got wonderful non-fiction, including an essay by Kirk Curnutt, author of Dixie Noir, among other books. Also, be sure to check out our eclectic mix of poetry, including work by Lenore Weiss and Joe Mills. And because we think you will be doing a lot of reading in the cold months ahead (or hot months, for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere), we've got a bunch of book reviews. Lastly, we're pleased to present a story board by Emily Edwards that we think you'll love.

Our cover photo for the issue is by photographer Peg Duthie.

As we've said before, it has become increasingly difficult to turn down the wonderful work we are offered. If we have had to decline your work, please try us again! Now that we have six issues for you to look at, you should be getting a better sense of what we like.

A number of readers have asked how they might comment on the work they read in the magazine. We’ll look into adding that feature in the future. In the meantime if you are moved to comment I would encourage you to send us an email ( and we’ll pass your thoughts along to the contributors. Similarly, if you are a publisher and would like to send us ARCs for us to consider for reviews, please contact us at the above email address. We’re especially interested in reviewing new, recent, or overlooked books from small presses.

Finally, we’ve begun reading submissions for Issue 17, scheduled to launch in January. We’d love to include your work, so please submit! We need short stories, flash fiction and non-fiction, poetry, reviews, interviews, short drama, and cover art. To learn more, visit our submissions page.

One more thing: Prime Number Magazine is published by Press 53, a terrific small press helping to keep literature alive. Please support indpendent presses and bookstores.

The Editors

Table of Contents, Prime Number Magazine

Issue 13, October-December 2011



Skylaar Amann

And the Dreams of Vaudeville Follow Us All Home

Memories of Ukulele and the Girl Who Loved Her

Amorak Huey

Johnny Winter in Stockholm

Big Bill Broonzy in Amsterdam

Governor O.K. Allen Considers the Pardon Request

of Huddie William Ledbetter

Joe Mills


Telling Time

Lenore Weiss

Börte’s Perfect Love Story



Shannon Anthony

License to Rock

Stephen Williams

Pan's Burden

Benjamin Buchholz

Uncle Matty Doesn't Require Collapse

Robert Wexelblatt

Petite Suite Printanière

Sybil Baker

The Spiritual Age of Machines

Jody Hobbs Hesler




Emily Edwards

Art Critic



Jacqueline Doyle


Kirk Curnutt

The Best Cemetery in the South (in which to Kiss a Woman)

Sarah Gottlieb


Patricia Bjorklund

Almost Happy,1972

Lois C. Fiorelli

Living in the Zone



Hobie Anthony

Review of Betty Superman by Tiff Holland

Anne Sanow

Review of Mending: New and Selected Stories by Sallie Bingham

Malena Carollo

Review of If You Knew Then What I Know Now by Ryan Van Meter

Jeffery Hess

Review of Fighting in the Shade by Sterling Watson

Marko Fong

Review of Jailed by Myra Sherman

Catherine Staples

Review of Lumina by Heather Ross Miller



Peg Duthie

The Key to Room 103, Hotel Porte Mars, Reims


Prime Number Decimals

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