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Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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I was stacking the dishes in the dishwasher the other day when Randall, my husband, walked into the kitchen. "The dishwasher isn't working.  It keeps cycling for hours.  I have to manually turn it off.  Think maybe it needs a new part—or two?"

 

"What it needs," Randall said, "is divine intervention."    

 

At this point readers may wonder what divine intervention has to do with the Sparrow?  Although our dishwasher did not get hit with a thunder bolt and repair itself as we had hoped, I can say that the Grey Sparrow's fall issue is full of talented, lightning-struck writers, artists, and photographers who have shared their gifts. 

 

Presidential and Pulitzer Prize poet Robert Pinsky is our guest for our National Treasure series.  He is a Yank and a poet from New Jersey with a sharp pen-swing that dances to the smoky beat of Satchmo's jazz.

 

News Flash:  A poetry monograph annual called Snow Jewel will be released in 2010-11 in print. We are experimenting with an alternating annual.  Hugh Fox will have a new release. (There is no guarantee, given time constraints, Snow Jewel will be a routine publication.  As with the Journal, contributors will receive one free copy.

 

Art Editor Ajay Prasannan has hosted talented photographers.   More will be coming.

 

There is sad news. Ajay, our art editor, noted he is working on various projects and will be leaving the Sparrow in a few months.  He agreed to intern with the Sparrow for a year and has stayed for well over that.  The Sparrow holds him in high esteem and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.  Ajay will be here for a few more months as he highlights work from various artists and photographers he's been corresponding with.  Please check the submission's page for more information.  I've featured some of Ajay Prasannan's photography as a surprise for him.

 

While you're reading the Sparrow, consider sending a few dishwasher parts.  My husband said, "I'll try and fix this antique.  If I can't, we'll need to reinstall our old dishwasher—the one that makes sandwiches."    

 

One of these days, I'll offer a spicy chicken salad on rye for you too, while you sit down with a mug of hot apple cider in an easy chair—and read Grey Sparrow.                                                    

                                                                                                                                                             Diane Smith
In 2011, Grey Sparrow had a computer crash.  Pages have been reconstructed from 2009 through 2011.  Imperfect, yet present.