Halcyon days 2016 issue 3

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By Michael Chin

By Martin Willitts

I walked home watching the sky for shooting stars and the blinking lights of airplanes or UFOs. Nothing. But it’s a privilege to see individual stars. It’s been too long since I lived in a small town, where city lights and smog did not blot and smear it all away. A privilege to see something from trillions of miles away. Something that might not exist anymore, but still looks to burn and shine over equations of time and distance I could never quite comprehend. It’s a privilege to think of old friends who might seem the same stars from a thousand miles away. I’m not so foolish to speculate that they think of me, too, in this moment. But over enough time and distance, history and space, what counts as synchronicity, anyway? We are always.

Michael Chin was bor n and r aised in Utica, New York and is a recent alum of Oregon State's MFA Program. He won Bayou Magazine's Jim Knudsen Editor’s Prize for fiction and has work published or forthcoming in journals including The Normal School, Prairie Schooner online, and Bellevue Literary Review. Find him online at miketchin.com or follow him on Twitter @miketchin.

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Martin Willitts Jr is a r etir ed Libr ar ian living in Syr acuse, NY. His poems have appeared in Blue Fifth Review, Kentucky Review, Perfume River Review, Bitter Oleander, Nine Mile Magazine, Comstock Review, Centrifugal Eye, Stone Canoe, and others. He is the winner of 2013 Bill Holm W itness Poetry Contest; 2014 Broadsided award; 2014 Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award; and, Rattle Ekphrastic Challenge, June 2015, Editor’s Choice. He has over 20 chapbooks, plus 11 full-length collections including “How to Be Silent” (FutureCycle Press, 2016). His forthcoming books include “Dylan Thomas and the Writing Shed” (FutureCycle Press); “Three Ages of Women” (Deerbrook Press); and the winner of the Editor’s Choice Award, “The Wire Fence Holding Back the World” (Turtle Island Press).

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