Our first issue of 2012 tangles, as everything outside the window’s slowly waking up, with the complications of desire.
In Sofia Samatar’s “The Nazir”, two very different women struggle with being kept from the things they want — or, alternately, the price of getting them; S.E. Gale’s “Chorus of the Dead” mingles regret, desire, and silences into a less-usual story about death; and George Galuschak’s “The Wanting Game” defines a line between want, and sacrifice, and need.
Poetry from Kelly Rose Pflug-Back, W.C. Roberts, N. Marin, and Robert K. Gardner yearns for certainty, and completion, and what was and what could be — and as always, there are the usual book reviews.
We hope you enjoy this quarter’s issue, and if so, please consider dropping something into our tip jar. Ideomancer relies on reader donations to pay its contributors for their excellent fiction and poetry, and even five dollars makes a big difference.
Enjoy the issue, enjoy your spring, and may you get that much closer to the things you uncomplicatedly desire.
Vol. 11 Issue 1
“The Nazir” – Sofia Samatar
“Chorus of the Dead” – S. E. Gale
“The Wanting Game” – George Galuschak
“Sweet Mercy, Her Body an Ark of Wild Beasts” – Kelly Rose Pflug-Back
“ZuZu’s Petals” – W. C. Roberts
“Vintage” – N. Marin
“Nightstorm” – Robert K. Gardner
Elizabeth Bear’s Range of Ghosts – Liz Bourke
Michele Lang’s Dark Victory – Maya Chhabra