5-2 Poetry Month, Day 12 – Jenny Brown by Peter Ivey

There once was a man from Nantucket…

Sorry, that’s a limerick, not a poem. I used to know the difference. A long time ago, in the Age of Aquarius or a couple decades after, when I discovered poetry. Naturally, in high school we were tortured and misdirected by all the classics. My teacher Mrs. Smith loved Bobby Burns. She could call him Bobby because they connected on a close personal level. Burns was okay, but I didn’t get it until I read Sylvia Plath and her poem “Cut” and many others since. I connected with Plath, though my own poetic voice is my own, I owe Syl, I can call her that, and Mrs. Smith as my gateway into poetry.

Why am I mentioning this? Because April is National Poetry month, and buddy Gerald So asked if I’d promote his 30 Days of The 5-2, his site featuring precarious poems of crimes and criminals. He also asked if I could focus on one, what a task. One did catch my eye — Jenny Brown by Peter Ivey.

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Shotgun Honey – What a Blast!

Late March of 2011, Kent Gowran, a writer and fellow lover of crime fiction, who I barely knew, spawned an idea to start up a new webzine called Shotgun Honey. My closest friends will tell you I’d been playing with the idea of a webzine myself, each of them discouraging me against taking on such a project. They wanted me to write. And to be honest, I’m a great starter, but I have problems with follow through. But you know what, if I wasn’t going to start my own webzine, then maybe I’ll ask this stranger if he needed any help. Damn it, if Kent didn’t take me up on my offer.

We posted the first story on Blogger, April 6, 2011. You might remember it, “Two-Phones” by Dan O’Shea. It was a Wednesday. We followed it up with the Spinetingler nominated “Disney Noir” by Peter Farris on Friday. The next week would bring “Fucking Liars” by Allan Guthrie on Monday, “Herman Dog Digs” by Anthony Neil Smith on Wednesday and “Treacherous Road – Part 2” by newcomer Anthony Schiavino on Friday.

Monday. Wednesday. Friday.

We posted stories like that for a majority of the year, missing a couple holidays or during a handful of weeks where we only published two a week.

I’ve read so many great stories, shorts, all mostly under 700 words. Yeah, crazy short, flash fiction. Lean, mean and oh so clean.

We’ve been honored to publish over 150 stories from more than 90 different authors, from all around the world.

I’m personally honored to call many of those authors my friends. And my fellow editors — Kent Gowran, Sabrina Ogden and rookie Chad Rohrbacher — are practically family. Truth. I know more about that trio than I do my own sister.

Somewhere during the last year, I decided it’d be cool to interview some of these contributors, and some writers I wanted to be contributors — which I’m batting a big fat zero on. So periodically I throw down a “How’d You Get the Gun?” interview. Have some interesting prospects coming up with Nigel Bird, Heath Lowrance, Frank Wheeler Jr and Peter Farris. They will be joining the ranks of Dan O’Shea, Frank Bill, John Rector, Matthew C Funk, Ray Banks, Anthony Neil Smith and Chris F. Holm. And I’m sure there will more.

It’s been a blast of a year helping Kent, Sabrina and now Chad run and maintain Shotgun Honey.

What could year two bring? How about an opportunity for our authors to go bigger? Way BIGGER!

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be producing, with plenty of support from Kent, Sabrina, and Chad, the first Shotgun Honey Anthology to be released this Fall in print and e-book. It will be big, and those of you who fear the 700 word count will have a chance to go bigger, up to 5000 words. More details to follow on Shotgun Honey. So keep your eyes peeled!

Thanks for reading, contributing and supporting Shotgun Honey.