the rivers of it, abridged

New York City skyline at night

Fall 2012


ISSN 1542-3123


One Eye Rising

"One Eye Rising"
Bonnie Walker

Lost the key to success?
Pick the lock!
The Big Picture
is yours for the taking.
The camera never lies—believe it or not.
Brant Lyon, from "Cliché Therapy"







Saturday, June 8th, 1:00 pm

BigCityLit Reading
Contributors to the 2012 Fall Issue
Host: Nick Johnson
The Bloomingdale branch
of the NYPL
150 West 100th Street
(b/t Amsterdam & Columbus)
Free admission

Featuring work by Allen C. Fischer, Austin Alexis, Robert Balun, Patricia Brody,
Geordie Edel, Kate Irving, Ted Jonathan, Richard Levine, Jennifer Litt, Brant
Lyon (Larissa Shmailo), Peter Martin, Philip Miller, James B. Nicola, Anne
Elezabeth Pluto, Stella Padnos-Shea, Larissa Shmailo, Mervyn Taylor, Melinda
Thomsen, Barry Wallenstein and Abigail Welhouse


Thursday, April 18th, 6:00 pm

Patricia Brody, Joseph Spece, and Nick Johnson
The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street
(b/t Bleecker & West 4th)
$8 admission includes one drink


Tract 187 Culture Clatch

Where: Sasa's Lounge NYC (New Location!)
924 Columbus Avenue
@ 105th St. (#1/B/C Trains)
Price: FREE!
When: Open mic sign-up at 6:30 - Fun starts at 7:00!


The Same


Marji Zintz:

a singer "with a voice that has been likened to Joni Mitchell [and] Rickie Lee Jones…"

Marc Levy

Marc Levy was an infantry medic with the First Cavalry in Vietnam and Cambodia in 1970. His website Medic in the Green Time ( ) consists of numerous photo illustrated war and post war vignettes, short stories, war poetry, war documents, post war travel writing, compelling videos, uncommon links. There is no political agenda. There is nothing for sale. The website is a teaching tool for university and high school students. His war related prose and poetry have been widely published online/in print.

Call for submissions: Spring 2013

(Note: List is not restrictive nor preclusive of other themes.)
Epigrams; Moving/Motion; Dust; Corridors; Insects; Cemeteries; Smoking; Infanticide; Surrealism; Timepieces; Kites; Suicide; 'Lovesick'; Hands and Gloves; Wells; Windmills; and Small Town Wherewithal.  (Bolding indicates features which are scheduled to appear very soon.)
Consult Submissions for guidelines, Masthead for editorial policy.
Please query first on articles over 750 words.


In This Issue: Fall 2012


Like a Movie: Among Those Named: This fall's collection includes work by Austin Alexis, Holly R. Appling, Robert Balun, Jan Beatty, S. E. Black, Patricia Brody, Geordie Edel, Patrick Henry, Adrienne Hernandez, Ted Jonathan, Pamela L. Laskin, Richard Levine, Jennifer Litt, Peter Martin, Philip Miller, George Moore, James B. Nicola, B. Z. Niditch, Stella Padnos-Shea, Andy Pawelczak, Anne Elezabeth Pluto, Carolyn Raphael, Claudia Serea, Larissa Shmailo, Jared Smith, Joseph Stanton, Mervyn Taylor, Melinda Thomsen, Barry Wallenstein, Abigail Welhouse, Terry Wolverton and Michael T. Young.



In Memoriam: Brant Lyon


Big City, Little:

Kate Irving: When Sleep Won't Come, Among the Named



Richard Pearse, Living In Grace

David Francis, What I Owe The Thief

Christopher Cappelluti, The Grey Dog



Preston Hollow's 'singing' article: Talkin' Frackin' Blues

A man steps up knocks on my door,
says, "Hey! How'd y'like more … cash?"
"More cash?" says I, "Why, sure."
…holds up a piece of paper…



Patrick Henry, Deep Water Dividing Budapest

Quitman Marshall, "Lost" from his unpublished collection of essays, Swampspirit.



George Drew on The Collected Poems of Jared Smith, 1971 - 2011

Shira Dentz's black seeds on a white dish, reviewed by Laurel Kallen

Gil Fagiani's Serfs of Psychiatry, reviewed by Lynn McGee

Colette Inez, Horseplay, reviewed by Kryssa Schemmerling

Melinda Thomsen on Philip Miller's The Ghost of Every Day

George Wallace on Thom Ward's Etcetera's Mistress



New Additions:

Richard Levine, A Tide of a Hundred Mountains

Ron Price, A True Account of the Failure of Bodies to Adequately Burn

Ronnie Norpel, Baseball Karma and the Constitution Blues

Margo Berdeshevsky, Between Soul and Stone

Mary Noonan, The Fado House

Dean Kostos, Rivering

Hilary Sideris, Sweet Flag



David Francis: On A Shingle Near Yapton



Big City Lit Reading: TBA


Tract 187 Culture Clatch

Where: Sasa's Lounge NYC (New Location!)
924 Columbus Avenue
@ 105th St. (#1/B/C Trains)
Price: FREE!
When: Open mic sign-up at 6:30 - Fun starts at 7:00!


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Big City Lit welcomes letters from its readers. Address correspondence to


Print Series:

All Print Series Suspended



For the present, all Contests suspended.


Masthead Notes:

We welcome Melinda Thomsen as a Contributing Editor of the magazine.


Contributing Editors:

Martin Mitchell, Barry Wallenstein, James Ragan, Patrick Henry (UK), Diana Manister, Margo Berdeshevsky, George Wallace, Larissa Shmailo, Brant Lyon, Melinda Thomsen