Issue Number
Masthead
Pacifica Literary Review

Editor–In–Chief

Matt Muth

Managing Editor

Courtney Johnson

Fiction Editors

Rachael Armstrong

Paul Vega

Lyndsay Field

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke

Poetry Editors

Kate Henry

Leena Joshi

Sarina Sheth

Design

Ryan Diaz

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CONTENTS
Prose

Genevieve Hudson

Date Book

Maxim Loskutoff

Medicine Lake

Nicolete Polek

Sabbatical

Nathan Poole

They Were Calling to One Another

Travis A. Sharp

Selected Ru(m)inations

Poetry

Ace Boggess

“When Will You Be Off Paper?”

Brian Cooney

Ephemeroptera

Brittany Dennison

Pocket Dial

Sarah Feldman

Orpheus, Singing

Kevin Honold

That the Soul Takes the Shape of the Body

The Girl’s Letter to the Moon

Clay Jar of Wine

Dane Karnick

To What’s Missing

Ron McFarland

Battle Hardened

Art

Jon Garaizar

Drawings

Lance Hewiston

Paintings

Niki Waters

Illustrations

Cover Art

Jon Garaizar

Pacifica is in need of some exceptional writers and people to help fill out our editorial staff for the upcoming 2015 publication cycle. Currently, we have openings for a Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, and Managing Editor. These positions are all volunteer, meaning we can’t pay you for your time. What we can offer, however, is your name on the masthead of an epic good magazine, the chance to attend festivals and workshops alongside Pacifica, great experience working on the editorial staff of a literary magazine, and good-looking lit nerds to work with. Candidates for these positions should be active within their respective literary communities, well-read, and have strong and articulate opinions on what they like and don’t like to read within their genres. Candidates should also be comfortable having open and passionate discussions of submissions, diligent in completing their workload on time and with minimal prodding from upper management, and committed to making Pacifica as awesome as possible. Duties and requirements are below:

Fiction Editor

* Read and rate unsolicited submissions through our online submissions platform
* Regularly attend monthly editorial meetings
* Help coordinate and contribute to readings, initiatives, and other events
* Assist in determining final content, both print and web
* Candidates living in the greater Seattle area are strongly preferred, but we could make an exception for the right person

Poetry Editor

* Read and rate unsolicited submissions through our online submissions platform
* Regularly attend monthly editorial meetings
* Help coordinate and contribute to readings, initiatives, and other events
* Assist in determining final content, both print and web
* Candidates living in the greater Seattle area are strongly preferred, but we could make an exception for the right person

Managing Editor

* Compile and organize financial records and produce biannual financial reports
* Coordinate and implement publicity efforts related to events and releases
* Spearhead efforts to place Pacifica in bookstores and other locations and coordinate with distributors
* Coordinate logistical planning with venues and events
* Candidates for this position must live in the greater Seattle area

Candidates should send the following information to our email address at pacificalitreview@gmail.com, with the position you wish to be considered for in the subject line of the email:

* Current CV, attachment
* Writing sample in the genre you’re applying for, composed in the last 6 months (Fiction and Poetry Editors only), attachment
note: we will not be assessing your writing sample on whether it’s “good enough.” The purpose of this document is to ensure that 1) you can string two sentences together (or lines), 2) that you’re actively practicing your craft, and 3) that your particular aesthetic will fit in with our current staff. Don’t feel like you have to conform to a particular style or aesthetic you believe we favor; should we bring you on, we want to do so because of your merits and talents as a unique individual, not because we’re interested in hiring one specific type of writer or promoting one aesthetic or critical position. Pacifica is committed to having people with widely divergent likes, dislikes, styles, and heroes on staff because it makes for a better magazine.
* Letter of Intent
2-4 paragraphs included in the body of your email. Please provide some information regarding why you think you’d be a good fit for Pacifica (and us for you), what you hope to gain from the experience, who your favorite writers are, and any unique talents or assets you would be bringing to the magazine.

Start date of all positions would be mid-August. We look forward to hearing from you, and good luck!

Jul-02-2014

Ephemeroptera

by

Brian Cooney

Planes crash with depressing infrequency.
Repetition of falling feathers, dun
Dutch feet, makes us forget there was only
One Icarus. He lived fast and died young.
I wonder if he inspired a spree
Of Greek jumpers, the way Werther blew out
The brains of European kids, if he,
Pre-sex, androgynous, was the last shout
On Sappho’s tongue as she broke up into
A thousand shards that we’d puzzle over,
Mazes where the tiptoeing Minotaur
Never strikes, just waits, out of sight, hovers,
Drags it out, you stumbling around with torch
Fizzling like the sun foundering in the sea.

Jun-18-2014

Komfort Kats

by

Thomas Mundt

The news of the latest Pain Event arrived via Carrier Pigeon, Komfort Kats’ sophisticated electronic messaging system. Carrier Pigeon could also be used to place delivery orders but doing so during Business Hours was frowned upon. Komfort Kats had Strict Policies that governed these practices.

The Pain Event was in New Jersey. Something about the loss of several houseboats to Raging Blazers, the absolute worst phylum of fire. Grease-related, no doubt. People were always leaving lard in pans, Komfort Kats learned over time.

Taxpayers were displaced, forced to live with Close Friends or Formerly-Estranged Loved Ones. Their spirits were heavy, tethered to sorrow by circumstance. Traditional remedies like Legal Tender Infusions or Playful Clowning cut neither the mustard nor the horseradish.

Only the services of Komfort Kats would do.

***

Komfort Kats’ preferred method of travel was helicopter. Man, did they love the all the Blade Whirring! They listened to it on Noise-Cancelling Headphones, tiny ones, during their flights. White Noise helped them focus, but not while they read White Noise. Komfort Kats started a Book Club and a Team Member picked DeLillo. All that racket piped through their pointy ears and into their peabrains via their PortaJukes™ did not increase concentration, not one bit. Management was notified accordingly.

Senior Komfort Kats got window seats. Sometimes they mewed when they could see the Natural Disasters or Rampage Zones to which they were being dispatched. With oval eyes they saw The Depths of Despair, felt The Hurt cut through their silky coats like a Stiff Breeze. They often held paws to get through it all because they did not have hang-ups about Same-Sex Affection. Komfort Kats always found that particular issue among humans obnoxious.

Entry-Level Komfort Kats were crated. There were plenty of holes in the wood to allow for Adequate Breathing. The recent passing of Prop 483 made sure of that.

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Jun-03-2014