Congratulations to the winners of Room's 2011 Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction Contest!
Rebecca Rosenblum's short story "How to Keep Your Day Job," (issue 32.4) was published in the National Post Fall Fiction (http://tinyurl.com/3q6qske). It also features in her new book, The Big Dream, which launches Sept 22nd. We're so happy we could be part of the journey.
this metropolis is hurly-burly—
you’re striving with deadlines
in long lists—consume that, buy this
chase what’s brash and new—
your strained schedule bursting
with some added task
always left to do
while nearby, along cool paths
sun sips mountain lakes
wind sings solo to surrounding spruce
peaks draped in snowy shawls sit placidly
puzzled why you rush—
with ample calm awaiting here
to ease jangled voices
back to natural hush
Our water flows from an unnamed, underground spring. It flows downward from a point about a kilometre north-west of our home.
Today is one of those days of sloping light that you sometimes get when the hard edge of winter cuts into spring. Where the sun doesn’t just shine, but scuds across the fields in great golden planks. It is one of those days where mothers everywhere are nagging at their kids to get out and do something. Like mine.
April is shaping up to be a busy month at Room magazine with much to celebrate:
It’s late May when James arrives in Rose-Marie, fresh from Antigonish, where he lives now. He shows up without fanfare. Without flourish. Without so much as a phone call to let me know he’s coming. He is simply, suddenly, standing before me in the grey light of a late Monday morning.
Jack tilts back on his chair, balancing on two legs. A circle of smoke drifts up from a saucer beside him. “Need a big purple job,” he says. Kenny, your younger brother, slings a monster purple pill across the kitchen table.
The honourable mention in Room's 2010 poetry contest, judged by Jennica Harper.
The cyst behind Andy’s left knee is soft as an overripe pear, the veins and arteries blue and purple. She believes that the left side of the body is the feminine, dependent, side.
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Room 41.1, Family Secrets
Edited by Rachel Thompson
In this issue:
Jennifer Amos, Fenn Archdekin-Leung, Jenn Ashton, Jamelie Bachaalani, Colleen Baran, Jenny Bartoy, Alexandra Chang, Kristina Corre, Maggie de Vries, Shirley Harshenin, Jia Hwang, Sharon Jinkerson-Brass, Elizabeth Johnston, Tamara Jong, Manal Kamran, Carrianne Leung, Lily Leung, Mary MacDonald, Alissa McArthur, Cosi Nayovitz, Margaret Nowaczyk, Deanna Partridge-David, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Rebekah Rempel.