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

ISSN 2160-4207
Welcome to Issue No. 43 of Prime Number: 
A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose
Letter from the Editors (or jump to the Table of Contents)

Dear Readers,

It's time for another issue! And we think it's a good one.

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.

In this issue, we continue to bring you distinctive poetry and prose: short stories about academic civil wars and insurance claims adjusters; poems about film buffs and secret rooms; essays about boxers and bears; an interview with Richard Burgin, author of sixteen books including his latest, Hidden Island; and reviews of three novels. Our fiery cover photo is by Pierre Houser.

We are currently reading submissions for Issue 43 updates, Issue 47, 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

Henry Presente
Personal Earthquakes

Stephen Ornes
The Claim Narratives

Michael K. Bourdaghs
This Hallowed Ground


Lisa Lynne Lewis
The Boxer's Story

Jim Miller
Under Control

K. C. Wolfe


Dana Curtis
For My Demons
Four Addictions for the Film Buff

B. A. Goodjohn
To My Husband on the One-Month Anniversary of Our Separation
Hard to Believe
Conversation at Tastee-Freeze: Stage Five

Claudia Serea
The secret room where all the creatures go
When it rains in Rutherford

Daniel Nathan Terry
Tama-no-ura, camellia japonica
Jitsu-getsu-sei (the sun, the moon, and the stars) camellia japonica var. 'Higo'
Punica granatum 'Wonderful'
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Issue 43, October-December 2013
Prime Number Magazine is a publication of Press 53, PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130

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Chase Dearinger
Review of David Jauss's Glossolalia

Michael Palmer
Review of Pamela Erens's The Virgins

Joseph Haske
Review of Richard Burgin's Hidden Island


Joseph Haske
Interview with Richard Burgin

Pierre Hauser

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