Always and without fail, I would like to thank all the contributors
of Issue VII for their poetry, photography, art and music. It
should also be noted that September's Issue VI was a huge success,
the "one" that pushed Tryst over the edge as emails
poured in from all over the world congratulating every contributor
by name. That to me is an accomplishment all of its own, outside
of Tryst, when people can take time out of their busy lives to
connect with our poets, artists and personally congratulate them.
I think that is all the motivation any of us really needs to continue
creating and living our dreams. And while it's important to recognize
these achievements, let's not forget those less fortunate who
may have lost their homes, families, hope, their lives. Thank
you for reading our journals, wishing you a peaceful year —Tryst
The image to the left is by Alex Nodopaka © 2003.
It's three a.m. in the morning and more than anything I want to
release this issue because I am suffering from sleep deprivation,
numb down to my toes from sitting up too many nights in one position.
The manic phase has worn off and I'm feeling slightly disoriented--what
day is it? Oh my God! It's Thanksgiving and I have done nothing
to prepare for it. Like every holiday, Thanksgiving being one
of them, for the past few years I have declined numerous invitations
to celebrate with friends and family. I get so overwhelmed by
a flurry of activities I tend to shut down and withdraw from society.
This year, I caught some kind of sentimental bug. For some odd
reason I invited four people over for dinner and ended up having
Thanksgiving with six people, cleaning, doing laundry, washing
dishes by hand all day.
Not to syllogize or to belabor any point, but what if I told you
that the true meaning of celebration is not in the eating, impeccable
table manners or the many interesting places you've seen or the
conversations you've had with someone; the many things we tend
to collect--like extra pounds, friends, books, or...even memories.
Because, every one of these things we tend to take for granted
which is odd considering at any moment we could so easily lose
them. But the one thing you and I don't take for granted is work.
I am not talking about an hourly job, or any paid job. I am referring
to the kind of work that Yeats once penned in a poem, Among School
is blossoming or dancing where
body is not bruised to pleasure soul.
beauty born out of its own despair,
blear-eyed wisdom out of midnight oil.
It is by this work we measure our self worth, our toils, our pains
and accomplishments. Putting all this in perspective, I had come
to realize how thankful I was for having Tryst as a creative outlet,
though it requires a lot of work, the end results are truly a
blessing and a labor of love. With this in mind, special thanks
go to Sky Gilbert for his beautiful heart and mind and to Paul
Schwartz for his celestial music (which can be heard in the Flash
Intro--it may take a while to download but well worth the wait).
Both of these artists came into my life over five years ago and
unbeknownst to them, it was their music, their words that helped
me heal and literally pulled me through some very tenuous times.
I would also like to thank Alex Nodopaka for his wonderful enthusiasm
and patience; as well, a big thank you to Tony Schanuel for seeing
Tryst in the light. To Alison Weis what a fantastic eye! thank
you for accommodating every one of my last-minute requests. Also,
I am incredibly thrilled to have William Waltz, editor of Conduit
Magazine, grace us with his delightfully witty and charming essay.
I would like to warmly welcome back Arlene Ang, Jnana Hodson,
Alison Eastley, John Grey, Allen Itz, SL Lee, Duane Locke, Jim
McCurry, Chris Major, JB Mulligan, Pedro Trevino-Ramirez and Jerry
Vilhotti. A huge welcome to our new contributors: Dave Clapper,
Nancy Henry, Michael Ladanyi, Paul Lomax, Clay Matthews, David
Matthews, Sue Miller, Maurice Oliver, Jessy Randall, Frances Raven,
and Alex Stolis.
In Other News
Congratulations to the following Pushcart Nominees:
T. Birch - "Leap" (Poetry: Issue V)
Jim McCurry - "A Note on Concierto de Aranjuez" (Essay:
Tom Sheehan- "A Toast to Skink" (Fiction: Issue V)
Ward Kelley - "Little Parts of the Same God" (Poetry:
Nancy Henry - "This Book of Scars" (Poetry: Issue VII)
Francis Raven - "Overwhelmed Symphony #2" (Poetry: Issue
More information about the Pushcart Nominees and Best of Tryst
2003 contributors will be available in the News section under
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