Welcome to Issue No. 19 of Prime Number: 

A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose

Letter from the Editors (or jump to the Table of Contents)

Dear Readers,

We’ve got a great issue for you—Number 19 is our EIGHTH—but first I wanted to share some news! Our nonfiction editor, Tracy Crow, has just published her memoir, Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine, with the University of Nebraska Press. It’s a great read, and I think you should all find a copy right now. Or right after you read this issue of Prime Number Magazine.

In Number 19, we continue to bring you distinctive poetry and prose: short stories by Laretta Andrews-Mitchell, Frank Scozzari, Gerry Wilson, and Arthur Powers; essays by Eileeen M. Cunniffe, Michael Royce, Michael Brantley, and Susan Grier; a craft essay by Maria Giura; poetry by Richard Downing and Mary McMyne; reviews of novels by and interviews with Kirby Gann and Marc Schuster, and a review of a poetry collection by Kevin Simmonds.

Our cover photo for the issue is by photographer Cath Barton, who also provided the cover for Issue 11.

We are currently reading submissions for the Issue 19 updates, Issue 23, and beyond. Please visit our Submit page and send us your distinctive poetry and prose. We’re looking for stories and essays up to 4,000 words (including flash under 1,000 words), poems, book reviews, craft essays, short drama, ideas for interviews, and cover art that reflects the number of a particular issue (we’re looking for a “23” right now). If we’ve had to decline your submission, please forgive us and try again!

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.

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

The Editors

Table of Contents, Prime Number Magazine

Issue 19, April-June 2012


Richard Downing

History Dream #18: Anne, Anne, Anne & Norton

History Dream #8: Wounded Knee

Mary McMyne


Into the Dark Wood



Laretta Andrews-Mitchell

Blood-Spiked Rhubarb

Frank Scozzari

The Triumph

Gerry Wilson


Arthur Powers

Sonata on a Michigan Night



Eileen M. Cunniffe

Ghost Story

Michael Royce

The River Inside

Michael Brantley

Let Me Go Ask My Sales Manager

Susan Grier

A Single Sentence



Zara Raab

Review of Mad for Meat by Kevin Simmonds

Curtis Smith

Review of The Grivers by Marc Schuster, followed by an interview

Curtis Smith

Review of Ghosting by Kirby Gann, followed by an interview



Maria Giura

Why So Long, Memoir?



Cath Barton

Front Door at Brighton, England


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