Prime Number Magazine
is a publication of 
Press 53
PO Box 30314,
Winston-Salem NC 27130

ISSN 2160-4207
Welcome to Issue No. 17 of Prime Number: 
A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose
Letter from the Editors (or jump to the Table of Contents)

Dear Readers,

First, the big news. When we launched Prime Number, we promised “an online quarterly with a print annual” and we have now delivered on that promise! Our first print annual, Editors’ Selections Volume 1, is now available for order from Press 53. The book includes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from Issues 2, 3, 5, and 7. (As I write this, it’s time to begin work on Volume 2!)

Second, here we are with Issue Number 17, our 7th issue since we launched the magazine in July 2010. We continue to bring you distinctive poetry and prose: short stories by Daniel B. Meltzer, John Carr Walker, Brandon Patterson, and Gleah Powers; essays by Kathryn Rhett, Ellen Kirschner, Jessica Erica Hahn-Taylor, and Mary Alice Hostetter; poetry by Kat Henry, Brian Simoneau, and Katherine E. Young; reviews of books by Benjamin Buchholz, Xu Xi, Donna Miscolta, and Bruce Guernsey; and a craft essay by Buzz Mauro.

Our cover photo for the issue is by photographer Peg Duthie, who also provided the cover for Issue 13.

We are currently reading submissions for the Issue 17 updates, Issue 19, and beyond. Please visit our Submit page and send us your distinctive poetry and prose. We’re looking for stories and essays up to 4,000 words (including flash under 1,000 words), poems, book reviews, craft essays, short drama, ideas for interviews, and cover art that reflects the number of a particular issue (we’re looking for a “19” right now). If we’ve had to decline your submission, please forgive us and try again!

A number of readers have asked how they might comment on the work they read in the magazine. We’ll look into adding that feature in the future. In the meantime if you are moved to comment I would encourage you to send us an email ( and we’ll pass your thoughts along to the contributors. Similarly, if you are a publisher and would like to send us ARCs for us to consider for reviews, please contact us at the above email address. We’re especially interested in reviewing new, recent, or overlooked books from small presses.

One more thing: Prime Number Magazine is published by Press 53, a terrific small press helping to keep literature alive. Please support independent presses and bookstores.

The Editors


Daniel B. Meltzer
Minutes of the Last Meeting

John Carr Walker

Brandon Patterson
At the Edge of the Earth

Gleah Powers
Art Lessons


Kathryn Rhett

Ellen Kirschner

Jessica Erica Hahn-Taylor
Chop Wood, Carry Water

Mary Alice Hostetter
The Road to the Correctional Center


Kat Henry
The Vagrants

Brian Simoneau
My Father's Garage as Resting Place
Morning Mass
Taking Flight

Katherine E. Young
Soul Food


Melissa Bashor
Review of When the de la Cruz Family Danced by Donna Miscolta

Sybil Baker
Review of Access by Xu Xi

Review of One Hundred and One Nights by Benjamin Buchholz

John Guzlowski
Review of New England Primer by Burce Guernsey

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Table of Contents, Prime Number Magazine
Issue 17, January-March 2012
Prime Number Magazine is a publication of Press 53, PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130

Waiting at Bercy © Peg Duthie

Peg Duthie
Waiting at Bercy
Available now: Prime Number Magazine, Editor Selections Volume 1Learn more...

Buzz Mauro
Expanding the Powers of First-Person Narration