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Neon Literary Magazine #38

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Issue 38 of Neon begins with a world in which everyone has been swallowed by whales, and ends with a recurring nightmare story about a kitten. In between there are desert islands, floods and plagues, flings and wounds and Facebook, the possibility of cannibalism, and a series of lesser-known wars. The lineup includes Steve Subrizi, Peter Branson, Ian Mullins, Holly Day, Claire Joanne Huxham, Jonathan Greenhause, Mark Vanner, Alina Rios, Sam Preminger, and Huang Kaishan. The cover image is by Diána Farkas Fruzsina. As well as the usual selection of fiction and poetry, there is also an extract from Karen Heuler’s recent novel Glorious Plague.

Neon is free to read online, and costs just £4.00 for a physical copy. In its new, perfect-bound format each issue is around 70 pages, and is photo-illustrated in black and white. Free copies of Neon‘s tiny anthology of micro-fiction Battery Pack (featuring the miniature masterpieces of David Hartley, Henry Northmore, Sarah Butler, Tamasine Reilley, Jenny Mackenzie, and Tracy Fells) will be distributed along with this issue.

Published summer 2014 (print and online).

“The Death Of The Motherless Kitten” by Huang Kaishan is also now available as a Neon Single in PDF, EPUB and MOBI formats.

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For the past month I’ve been hard at work putting together issue 38 of Neon. This edition begins with a world in which everyone has been swallowed by whales, and ends with a recurring nightmare story about a kitten. In between there are desert islands, floods and plagues, flings and wounds and Facebook, the possibility of cannibalism, and a series of lesser-known wars. The lineup for issue 38 includes Steve Subrizi, Peter Branson, Ian Mullins, Holly Day, Claire Joanne Huxham, Jonathan Greenhause, Mark Vanner, Alina Rios, Sam Preminger, and Huang Kaishan. As well as the usual selection of fiction and poetry, there is also an extract from Karen Heuler’s recent novel Glorious Plague.

This edition of the magazine is particularly special, as I’m moving to a new format. Not only will issues be almost thirty pages longer than before, but they will now be perfect bound rather than stapled. Neon will move from being a quarterly magazine to one that is published three times a year – don’t worry though, all subscribers will still receive the full number of issues they’ve paid for. And overall I’ll be publishing more writing than ever – putting out a total of approximately two-hundred-and-ten pages per year, rather than one-hundred-and-twenty.

There will be a slight increase in price per issue, but with the new schedule the price for a subscription will rise by only £1. Individual issues will now cost £4 each. I hope you agree that the slicker format and increased length of each issue makes it worth the extra £1.50. For the time being though, you can still pre-order issue 38 at the current price  of just £2.50. You can also subscribe now for the current price of just £10 plus postage and still receive four issues. This offer will be open until issue 38 is published, at which point the price increase will come into effect. Just visit the shop to make an order!

Neon Literary Magazine #24

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Issue 24 of Neon features the work of Emily Darrell, Claudine R. Moreau, L.E. Butler, Omar Metwally, Howie Good, Jonathan Greenhause, Tetman Callis, Noel Sloboda, Rachel Mehl, Caitlin Elizabeth Thomson.

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Published autumn 2010 (online).

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“Siberia” by LE Butler || “Mr Lemming” by Omar Metwally || “The Year Our Children Left” by Tetman Callis || “Incident Reports: The Vanishing” by Caitlin Elizabeth Thomson

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Neon Literary Magazine #20

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Issue 20 of Neon features the work of Jonathan Greenhause, CL Bledsoe, Howie Good, Christopher James, Donna Burgess, Stevie Blue, Daniel Uncapher, and Jenn Clarke, as well as photo-illustrations by Matina Stamatakis.

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Published summer 2009 (online).

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“Fire Flowers” by Jonathan Greenhause || “From Ribs Come Tales” by Christopher James || “Asexuality” by Stevie Blue || “Five Imaginary Babes” by Daniel Uncapher

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“Fire Flowers” by Jonathan Greenhause

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“Fire Flowers” first appeared in Rattle

In Japanese, the word for “office” is a character composing
two smaller characters meaning “enclosed space”
and “slumping corpse”.

Outside, a soft rain’s falling on what was once the corner deli
but is now an immense pile
of pipes and bricks, chips of cement, and crumpled menus.
I used to eat there with my wife, who’s no longer my wife but rather
someone’s girlfriend. We used to order a plate of cheese fries
and discuss the feasibility of being married,
not knowing we could have more efficiently spent that time
doing something else, like organizing an expedition to the Arctic
or handing out flyers to save the corner deli
from its eventual demolishment.

If I turn on the TV set, I’ll no doubt be reminded that today’s not Saturday
and tomorrow’s not Sunday, and whatever I decide to watch
will simply be a way not to think about what I’m not doing.
On these days between the days I’m actually living,
relatives occasionally call to assure themselves I’m still breathing,
telling me small details I could do without, while in their voices’ dark corners
I hear their latent, unfulfilled desires, and part of me
wishes to take their hands and guide them towards the unknown,
but just as I’m reaching out, grazing their invisible skin,
the connection’s cut, breaking them loose into their lonely longing.

On my coffee breaks, I muse on the metaphysical consequences
of a slumping corpse in an enclosed space,
and I think how our word for “fireworks” is practical, but in Japanese
it’s literally a “fire flower”, which I find to be inherently more poetic:
“If you look into the sky at this very moment
you may see flowers composed of fire,” and you may see stars
exhaling their last breaths onto a coal canvas,
momentarily warming the vast frozen space.

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When not writing poetry, Jonathan Greenhause makes a living as an interpreter, whispering into people’s ears so they’ll understand what’s going on around them. He is also an avid traveller, having ventured to the post office several times in the past few months. In addition to his poems Alice After Her Adventures In Wonderland and Colonizing Ants In The Desert, which appeared in Neon #14, his poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications throughout the United States and internationally, including Many Mountains Moving, Rattle, Slab, and Going Down Swinging (Australia).

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Neon Literary Magazine #14

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Issue 14 of Neon features the work of Rupert Merkin, Jenn Koiter, Grant McLeman, Jonathan Greenhause, Lynn Patmalnee, Curtis Smith, Anthony Frame, Brent Fisk, Sarah Hilary, J.A Tyler, Phil Gruis, and Jarod Rosello.

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Published winter 2008 (print and online).

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“Second Coming”  by Rupert Merkin / “Dream IV: Forgotten” by Jenn Koiter / “Crows” by Curtis Smith

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