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

ISSN 2160-4207
Welcome to Issue No. 41 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 41 is the first issue of our FOURTH YEAR. To see work from previous issues, check out the Archives, or order Editors' Selections Volumes 1 and 2, shipping now from Press 53. And keep an eye out for Volume 3, which is in preparation.

With this issue we bid farewell to Tracy Crow who has worked with us as our Nonfiction Editor for the past two years (thanks for everything Tracy!) and welcome Jon Chopan as our new Nonfiction Editor. Jon has published essays in numerous magazines and journals in addition to his memoir, published by Black Lawrence Press in 2012. He teaches at Eckerd College.

In this issue, we continue to bring you distinctive poetry and prose: short stories about grieving women and treed raccoons; poems about cemeteries and soldiers; essays about foxes and funerals; an interview with Ramona Ausubel, author of A Guide to Being Born; and reviews of two works of fiction and an innovative work of nonfiction. Our speedy cover photo is by Radu Repanovici.

We are currently reading submissions for Issue 41 updates, Issue 43, 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 750 words, stories and essays up to 5,000 words, poems, book reviews, craft essays, short drama, ideas for interviews, and cover art that reflects the number of a particular issue. 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

Catherine Uroff
Grieving Women

Monic Ductan
Suffer Little Child

Angele Ellis

Matthew Neill Null
Changing the Map


Lee Gulyas

Brock Kingsley
On Writing (Or Not)

Elaine Neil Orr
Fox View, Montclair Neighborhood


Rick Marlatt
Desired Altitude

Alexa Mergen
Historic Cemetery

Robert Okaji
The Sky Refutes East and West
Dark Rain Ahead, Hummingbird
At Sunrise, We Celebrate the Night's Passage

Barbara Presnell
Slim Joins Up
Southern Railway to Camp Glenn
After Sleeping in a Field Outside Paris
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Table of Contents, Prime Number Magazine
Issue 41, July-September 2013
Prime Number Magazine is a publication of Press 53, PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130

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Curtis Smith  
Review of Jen Michalski's The Tide King

Katrina Prow
Review of Pam Houston's Contents May Have Shifted

Dalel Serda
Review of Patricia Hughes's Until the Eye Opens


Lisa Lynne Lewis
Interview with Ramona Ausubel, author of A Guide to Being Born

Radu Repanovici
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