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

ISSN 2160-4207
Welcome to Issue No. 5 of Prime Number: 
A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose
Letter from the Editors

Dear Readers,

Right on time, here’s Issue No. 5 of Prime Number. We have even more stories, essays, and poems than we did in the first two issues, and we’re excited about that. The quality of submissions we have received has been excellent, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to turn down the wonderful work we are offered. If we have had to decline your work, please try us again! Now that we have three issues for you to look at, you should be getting a better sense of what we like.

In this issue, we have a terrific mix of stories. Be sure to check out the work of Dennis Ginoza, Margaret Pritchard Houston, C. Angelo Caci, John Flynn, Virginia Pye, and Christopher X. Shade. We’ve also got a trio of short essays by Maris Venia and thoughtful reflections by Jim Krosschell and Faye Rapoport DesPres. And we turn something of a spotlight on Curtis Smith: Jessica Handler reviews his latest book, and Rusty Barnes provides an interview.

Then there’s an amazing selection of poetry by Rachel Hadas, James Cihlar, Robert Hill Long, Kim Roberts, Laura Madeline Wiseman, and Theodore Worozbyt.

Our “cover” for this issue is provided by Janice Phelps Williams, a talented book designer and illustrator.

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.

Finally, we’ve begun reading submissions for Issue 7, scheduled to launch in April. We’d love to include your work, so please submit! To learn more, visit our submissions page. 

One more thing: Prime Number Magazine is published by Press 53, a terrific small press helping to keep literature alive.

The Editors 

John Flynn
The Basking Shark

Virginia Pye
Easter Morning

Dennis Ginoza
Euler's Identify

Margaret Pritchard Houston
Imaginary Men

Christopher X. Shade
A View of the Mosque

C. Angelo Caci
Fit to Survive

Faye Rapoport DesPres
Into the Vacuum

Jim Krosschell
White and Black

Maris Venia


Rachel Hadas
The Beauty of Change
The Quick and the Dead
Still Life
Storing the Season

James Cihlar
Nora Prentiss
Vickie Falls

Robert Hill Long
Retired Logger
Seventieth Autumn

Kim Roberts
Long Division
Solve for X

Laura Madeline Wiseman
Against the Horizon
What Martians Want
Historical Study

Theodore Worozbyt
Garum and Lark's Tongues
Your Body
White Truffles


Interview with Curtis Smith, author of Witness and The Species Crown

Jessica Handler
Review of Witness, by Curtis Smith

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

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