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Barbara Bergmann, Gordon Grigsby
Evening Street Press, Sep 1, 2022 - Literary Collections - 268 pages
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Evening Street Review is centered on the belief that all people are created equal, that they have a natural claim to certain inalienable rights, and that among these are the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. With this center, and an emphasis on writing that has both clarity and depth, it practices the widest eclecticism. Evening Street Review reads submissions of poetry (free verse, formal verse, and prose poetry) and prose (short stories and creative nonfiction) year-round. Submit 3-6 poems or 1-2 prose pieces at a time. Payment is one contributor’s copy. Copyright reverts to author upon publication. Response time is 3-6 months. Please address submissions to Editors, 2881 Wright St, Sacramento, CA 95821-4819. Email submissions are also acceptable; send to the following address as Microsoft Word or rich text files (.rtf): editor@eveningstreetpress.com.


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In two breathtaking sentences bursting with undeniable truths from the history of Nazi terror under “the megalomania of a single mad man and his million admirers,” to the horrors of yet another megalomaniac who sends his armed forces to invade across the Ukrainian borders “again shattering the illusions of human progress,” poet R. Craig Sautter rattles our peace of mind pointedly reminding us that in war there are no victors, in militaristic peace, there is but the short lived security of nightmares. The North Star of the final sentence is convincing: “We must finally learn to love one another or we must die.”
This is a must read poem that will not soon be forgotten.
Carol Heise

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