Welcome to Prime Number:
A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose
Letter from the Editors
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
The Chinless Woman in the Smart Park Booth
Father’s Day: the Summer Solstice
The New Rainbow
Sonnet (with Extra Last Line) by Frank Gehry
Speaking of the Octopus
The Whiteness of the Breastbone of a Goose
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In Memory of Denny Coughlin
The Letter Writer
Another Little Piece
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
Review of Love in Mid-Air, by Kim Wright
Review of Eaarth—Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, by Bill
Prime Decimals 2.2
Prime Decimals 2.3
Prime Decimals 2.5
Prime Decimals 2.7