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

ISSN 2160-4207
Welcome to Issue No. 73 of Prime Number: 
A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose
Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

We are publishing this issue, No. 73, on July 19, 2015, our 5th birthday. It was exactly five years ago today that we published our very first issue. It's been an exciting ride! I'd like to thank Val Nieman, our poetry editor for the full five years, as well as current editors Jon Chopan (fiction) and Amy Monticello (nonfiction), and of course Kevin Morgan Watson and Press 53, our publisher, without whom the magazine would not be possible.

In this issue we have, as always, some outstanding stories, essays, and poems. We also have three book reviews and a craft essay that we hope you'll enjoy.

Looking ahead, our next issue will be our contest issue. We recently announced the winners and finalists of the Second Annual Prime Number Magazine Awards and we'll be publishing the top three entries in Short Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry in Issue No. 79

​We have been closed to submissions of late while we work through our backlog. If you have submitted to the magazine but haven't heard from us, please be patient. We'll respond as soon as possible.

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.

Clifford Garstang

Peter Able
Life in Meetings

Amanda Pauley
The Meat Man


Jason Tucker
A Lonely Place Between Minor Miracles

Kate Hellman
Emergency Preparedness


D.M. Aderibigbe
Ode to the Day We Lost the Future
Last Call

Janet Joyner
February 4, 1944 Paris Theatre de l'Atelier
Another February 4th

Elizabeth Langemak
Three Kinds of Wreckage
On Revelation
What I Think of, and What I Don't

Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli
First Gift
Dreaming the Never Born
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