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Welcome to Prime Number: 

A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose

Letter from the Editors

Dear Reader,

Welcome to Issue Number 2, the premiere issue of Prime Number Magazine. What’s that? Number 2? Why not Number 1? Because we at PNM are fond of the distinctive, the indivisible, the prime. And, as math fans know, the first prime number is Number 2. It’s a gimmick. We admit it. But we like it.

Each quarter we will post a new Prime Number issue online (look for Number 3 in October and Number 5 in January) and between issues we’ll regularly post updates—every 13 days, maybe every 11, possibly 17—and we’re calling those updates our Prime Decimals. (That’s not a real math term; we made it up.) Look for Prime Decimal 2.2 consisting of flash fiction and short poetry on August 1 (13 days after our debut).

In addition to these great quarterly issues, we’re planning annual print issues with the editors’ choices of the best of the year—the best stories, the best poems, and the best essays.

As of today, July 19, 2010, we are open for submissions. We invite you to submit your best work: fiction, creative non-fiction, and craft essays under 3,000 words; book reviews under 500 words; and poetry. We’ll also welcome queries for interviews. We expect to publish both emerging and established writers. We don’t have an aesthetic. Our goal is to publish distinctive work, regardless of theme and style.

One more thing: Prime Number Magazine is published by Press 53, a terrific small press helping to keep literature alive.

Table of Contents, Prime Number Magazine

Issue 2, July-September 2010


Fleda Brown

The Chinless Woman in the Smart Park Booth

Grandmother Sonnets

James Harms

Father’s Day:  the Summer Solstice

The New Rainbow

Sonnet (with Extra Last Line) by Frank Gehry

Quiet Heart

Sarah Lindsay

Speaking of the Octopus


The Whiteness of the Breastbone of a Goose


Jake Adam York: 

te lyra pulsa manu or something like that



Peter Orner

In Memory of Denny Coughlin

Scott Loring Sanders

The Pawn

Anne Sanow

The Letter Writer

Kevin Wilson

Another Little Piece



Roy Kesey

Policing History

Carol Fisher Saller

Dear Writer: Reasons to Love (and Fear) Your Copyeditor


Interviews & Reviews

Interview with Josh Weil, author of The New Valley

Interview with Gina Welch, author of In the Land of Believers

Mary Akers

Review of Love in Mid-Air, by Kim Wright

Elizabeth McCullough

Review of Eaarth—Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, by Bill 


Prime Decimals

Prime Decimals 2.2

Prime Decimals 2.3

Prime Decimals 2.5

Prime Decimals 2.7