Issue #1 -- Summer 2001
Our launch issue includes some great writing, ranging from the love of music to lyrical,
prismatic, and sometimes downright funny, poems. From Pamplona to Las
Vegas, from baseball to Vietnam, with the humor of pigs in the
bedroom and envelopes that speak, the premiere issue of Slow Trains
travels into some of the most fascinating and vulnerable territories
of our lives.
Poets include: Robert Gibbons, Pasquale Capocasa, Janet I. Buck,
John Eivaz, Samantha Cruz, Christopher Locke, Gerald Forshey,
and Scott Poole.
Essays are included on gambling from Brian Weiss; on Vietnam from
Marc Levy; on the theater of time from Brian Peters, and a tribute to
Bob Dylan (as he is now) from Jeff Beresford-Howe.
In memory: John Lee Hooker, as he was to a fan, Phillip Poff.
On baseball: Oona Short takes a fine flight of fancy with Evie's
first trip to the ballpark in The Truth About Paradise.
Our fiction section includes Michael Braverman's heartbreaking
Paraphernalia; Jamie Joy Gatto's envelopes that speak directly to
a writer's paranoia; Ron Porter's memories of a French lost love, in
Mari ; a double treat from Jerry G. Erwin with Pig Heaven and
Cow Girl, where the animals are sometimes wiser, and more useful,
than humans ; Diane Payne's On Track, a poignant tale of
growing up on all sides of the tracks; and finally, a whimsical
vision of dancing with the streets.