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

ISSN 2160-4207
Welcome to Issue No. 37 of Prime Number: 
A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose
Letter from the Editors (or jump to the Table of Contents)

Dear Readers,

We’ve got a great new issue for you—Number 37 is the final issue of our THIRD YEAR. To see work from previous issues, check out the Archives, or order Editors' Selections Volumes 1 and 2, shipping now from Press 53.

We would also like welcome Brandon Shuler as our new Book Review Editor. Brandon has published extensively in fiction and nonfiction and currently teaches at Texas Tech. Welcome, Brandon! Contact Brandon if you have review or interview ideas.

In this issue, we continue to bring you distinctive poetry and prose: short stories about haunted houses and unruly teens; poems about music and mushrooms; essays about oysters and shiksas; a craft essay about poetic closure; an interview with Eric Miles Williamson, author of Oakland, Jack London, and Me; and reviews of three collections of poetry. Plus, we present the quarterly winners of Press 53’s 53-word Story contest! Our beautiful, sandy cover photo is by Jennifer Hamilton.

We are currently reading submissions for Issue 37 updates, Issue 41, and beyond. Please visit our Submit page and send us your distinctive poetry and prose. We’re looking for flash fiction and nonfiction up to 1,000 words, stories and essays up to 5,000 words (note that this is an increase from our previous limit), 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 “41” 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

Connor Ferguson
An Incident in Brief

Andrew Beckemeyer
The Efficiency Expert

Gerry Wilson
Book of Lies

Madeline Perett
Swallow a Fish

Patricia Ann McNair
The Night I Said I Was Leaving, a 53-word Story

Brad Efford
Dredge, a 53-word Story

S. Justin Platt
The Water Guy

Judith Barrington
The Closet

Kathryn Hively Lane
Waiting for Oysters

Mickey Dubrow
Shiksa Paradox


John Guzlowski
River Street Blues
Trees in Late February

Rich Ives
Still Waiting
Structural Considerations

Mercedes Lawry
Deeper than perhaps you've been

Susan Laughter Meyers
Dear Constant Barking
Dear Automated Call System
Dear Village of Mushrooms
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Table of Contents, Prime Number Magazine
Issue 37, April-June 2013
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Jessie Carty
Is it Over? Finding Poetic Closure


Christine Adler
Review of William Wenthe's Words Before Dawn

Cathleen Calbert
Review of Aimee Parkison's The Innocent Party

John Guzlowski
Review of Charles Adés Fishman's In the Language of Women


Interview with Eric Miles Williamson, author of Oakland, Jack London, and Me

Jennifer Hamilton
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