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“Submerged Treasure” by Kathy O’Meara.

Happy Summer and welcome to our July issue with the theme of “VESSELS,” featuring the wonderful artwork of Kathy O’Meara, from whom the theme for the issue was borrowed. We are all vessels, yes? And the things we carry are sometimes carried voluntarily, sometimes with love, sometimes heaped upon our straining backs. But carry our burdens we do, because what else is there to do?

We have some great work in this issue, including a fascinating essay on male loneliness, a clever story that addresses the (very) creative monsters many of us live with, and at least one first-time author. It’s a marvelous collection of work and the issue came together beautifully—and thank goodness, because frankly, life has been a little hectic here of late: the website was briefly hacked, my old computer was in its death throes and has now been replaced, and well, just the general pace of life which seems to be ramping up daily.

I’m sad to say that this will be the last issue for two of our wonderful staff members. Bev Jackson, our tireless SOS editor and Noa Sivan, an astute SOS reader are both leaving us to attend to their individual lives and various creative pursuits. We will miss them, but remain grateful for all the volunteer hours they freely gave to r.kv.r.y..

On a more personal note, I’ve been dealing with a gut-wrenching mental health crisis involving a member of my family and the process has reiterated what I already suspected: most of us either have a family member who struggles with some aspect of mental health, or we struggle ourselves. Whether it be anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, dementia, Attention Deficit Disorder, or any number of other hurdles in the mind, we’ve all been affected, some in multiple forms or from multiple sides. It’s pervasive, it’s very real, and not only do these sufferers walk among us, they ARE us.

So I dedicate this issue to all of you affected by mental disorders and/or mental illness. Keep at it. Keep going. It’s the best any of us can do.

And as always, thank you for reading.

Yours in Recovery,

Mary Akers
Editor-in-chief

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summer 2018
vol. xv. no. 3

 

Fiction


“How to Murder Your Monster and Get Away with It” by Nick Gregorio

“Houses and Homes” by Christiana Dillard

“One Tough German: Part II” by Anna Villegas


Essay


“Now That I Was Unquestionably Single” by Geoff Graser

“Wooden Gates” by Mark Liebenow

“Torrents” by Benjamin Selesnick


Shorts on Survival


“Survival Tips” by Kathryn McLaughlin

“Carry Me Home” by Jayne Martin

“The First Day” by John Riley

“Also Henry” by Tom Sheehan


Poetry


“Blue House” by Amy Alexander

“She Was Always So Thirsty” by Jessica Mehta

“Heptad for Returning from War” by TJ Reynolds

“This Funeral is Boring” by griffin epstein

“Geese” by Chaya Bhuvaneswar

“Did You Ever Switch from One Drug to Another?” by Ace Boggess

“Sign Language” by Kevin Bartlett