Issue 2 Available Now

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Issue 2 of Sobotka Literary Magazine is available now at:

http://sobotkaliterarymagazine.bigcartel.com/product/issue-2

Sincere thanks to everyone for the overwhelming support during the process of putting this issue together. We can’t tell you how much it means to us.

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Ashen Land

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One of the two poems of Peycho Kanev’s that we will be publishing titled “Darkness” reads,

“Relentless sun, crystal clear blue skies,
silence and foreshadowing.
Thousands of miles of wasted land,
thousands of sheep dying from hunger.

And the shepherd stands there,
without moving a muscle, like a scarecrow,
nodding his head and swaying slightly
in the gentle wind.”

In Peycho’s short yet vivid poem, he presents us a sharp juxtaposition of opposites. Contrasting a placid landscape with the barrenness it represents, Kanev alludes to the human race’s unwillingness to assume responsibility for or take action against the impending destruction of our world.

Check out this poem and a second one of Peycho’s titled “The Analyst” in our forthcoming issue!

Photo Credit: Nathan Timmel
(http://nathantimmel.com/2013/the-disintegration-of-good/)

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Issue 2 Jacket

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Here is our jacket design for Issue 2!

Prose:
Margaret Duffy
Zeke Jarvis
Clyde Liffey
Stephenson Muret
Stephen O’Connor
Cynthia Reed
Mike White
K.M. Zahrt

Poetry:
Nathan Caldwell
Moriah Claud
John Grey
Kirby Jayes
Peycho Kanev
Steve Klepetar
Tyler Kline
Len Kuntz
Sydney Pacione
Richard King Perkins II
Frederick Pollack
Daniel Pujol
Amanda Rozmer
David Stallings
J.J. Steinfeld

Photography and Design:
Nick Rossi

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The Fiery Pits of Profit

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An excerpt from Daniel Pujol’s poem “The Pope’s in China and You’re in Hell” reads,

“When I think about the Devil. And how he’s apparently still restrained by God.

I think about this guy.

He’s not doing anything illegal, but he’s tweaked it just enough.

Just enough to not get in trouble.

That reconciles the whole Abrahamic game board for me. The Devil is like a moral technocrat. An offshore bank account for the soul. Some kind of divine tax shelter.

Make them take what you should give. And just bend the world like a dry noodle.

He really is in the details. Not throned in Hell. He’s emailing in the bathroom, right now, articulating the cusp of not-illegal pleasures, gains, and acquisitions.”

In this poem, Daniel approaches morality with mathematics, imagining the Devil as a business savvy sleazeball rather than some sort of intangible Evil force and, in the process, secularizes sin in a way that emphasizes the role of personal agency as it relates to righteousness and resisting the temptation exploit Lucifer’s moral loopholes. Find the full poem in Issue 2.

Photo Credit: Ingrid D.
(http://road-tripping-europe.com/blog/2014/06/weekly-photo-challenge-extra-extra/)

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A Bundle of Truth

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A section from Sydney Pacione’s poem “Gospel Truth” reads,

“We believe in one God the Father the Almighty
maker of the pizza bagel served every 3rd Friday at lunch
of all that is seen and unseen like the confiscated Rosie the Riveter button.
We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ the only son of God
eternally looking down on you from the carved wooden cross in the entry way
God from God
Light from Light
broken nose from broken nose
begotten not made like the stolen Polly Pocket in Adeena’s bag.
Through him all things were made.”

In her poem, Sydney rewrites part of the Gospel and Nicene Creed, aspects of Catholic mass, and by doing so, places the reader right in the middle of the Catholic school experience. By shedding light onto the way children were treated we catch a glimpse of what was valued by this particular education system and how skewed and oppressive these methods of teaching were. Catch the entire piece in Issue 2!

Photo Credit: Donny Tidmore
(https://www.flickr.com/photos/mynamesdonny/10863224953/)

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Extinguishing the Flame

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An excerpt from K.M. Zahrt’s “Damn You, Steve Jobs” reads,

“I think of Mom. I’m too young to be a drain, but too old to dream—not after Dad’s death, not after divorce. I know too much about where it all ends. Dad: heart attack. Mom: dementia. Not six months ago, Steve Jobs even, the great Steve Jobs: cancer.

I don’t want it to take that long. I want it now. What’s the difference anyway? What could possibly happen between now—between divorce and dementia—and death?

We board the plane, Sport Coat and I and nearly one hundred others. Wouldn’t this be good? How many times would Cheryl have to explain it to Mom? ‘No, Mom,’ she would say. ‘Sandy died in a plane crash over Lake Michigan.’ Why not? It’s as good as any.”

Zahrt’s ability to neatly wrap up a cabin’s worth of emotional baggage in a story compact as a carry-on makes this story about dealing with mental deterioration, romantic detachment and death in the digital age simultaneously humorous and heavy in the most human way possible. Find the full story in our upcoming second issue.

Photo Credit: Robert S. Donovan
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/booleansplit/5306523435/in/photostream/)

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Issue 2 Authors

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We are proud to announce our authors for Issue 2!

Prose from:

Margaret Duffy
Zeke Jarvis
Clyde Liffey
Stephenson Muret
Steve O’Connor
Cynthia Reed
Mike White
K.M. Zahrt

Poetry from:

Nathan Caldwell
Moriah Claud
John Grey
Kirby Jayes
Peycho Kanev
Steve Klepetar
Tyler Kline
Len Kuntz
Sydney Pacione
Richard King Perkins II
Frederick Pollack
Daniel Pujol
Amanda Rozmer
David Stallings
J.J. Steinfeld

We will be previewing some of the included works weekly until the release of the magazine in April!

Sobotka Issue 2 Authors