Congratulations, Vince Gotera!

“Aswang Mango: Santiago’s Fantasia” by Vince Gotera (MiGoZine Summer 2021) was nominated for a 2022 Rhysling Award in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. The Rhysling is given for best speculative poem in the previous year.

ASWANG MANGO: SANTIAGO’S FANTASIA

                                    —curtal sonnet
 
There is no fruit I love more than the mango.
Taut skin, yellow and red, the blushing cheek
of a maiden, the soft curve, the shy smile
on my girl’s sensuous mouth, a slow tango
smoldering in her eyes. The mango’s sleek
flesh, sweet and fragrant as her bosom. While

Clara’s away these summer nights, the heavens
cloudless and clear, moonlight-filled, where she wheels
in air, she leaves with me her hips, two cheeks
like shapely fruits, the moon’s curvy crescent,
            firm mango handfuls.

 
Note: this poem is part of an ongoing novel-in-poems about two aswang—Philippine mythical monsters—who fall in love and try to live as ordinary humans. Clara is a manananggal, which means that she can split herself at the waist, with the top half flying off to hunt prey, leaving her bottom half, in this case, in the care of her lover Santiago.

Vince Gotera teaches at the University of Northern Iowa, where he served as Editor of the North American Review (2000-2016). He is also former Editor of Star*Line, the print journal of the international Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (2017-2020). His poetry collections include DragonflyGhost WarsFighting KiteThe Coolest Month. and the upcoming Pacific Crossing. Recent poems appeared in Altered Reality MagazineCrab Orchard ReviewDreams & NightmaresThe Ekphrastic ReviewPhilippines Graphic (Philippines), RosebudThe Wild Word (Germany) and the anthologies Multiverse (UK), Dear America, and Hay(na)ku 15. He blogs at The Man with the Blue Guitar.

Pushcart & Best of the Net Nominees

Congratulations to this year’s Pushcart & Best of the Net nominees!

Jeanne-Marie Osterman, Jacki Rigoni, Lara Stapleton (Paloma Press)

Cole Eubanks, Eugene Gloria, Veronica Kornberg, Jenna Le, Esteban Rodriguez, James J. Siegel (MiGoZine, Pushcart)

Tamiko Beyer, Karla Brundage, Clara Hsu, Hilary King, Mia Ayumi Malhotra, Timothy Liu (MiGoZine, Best of the Net)

MiGoZine Year in Poems

MiGoZine Winter 2020/January 2021 Issue: Year in Poems is live! Featuring work by Barbara Berman, Tamiko Beyer, Scott Bird, Karla Brundage, Brian Komei Dempster, Johanna Ely, Paul Fericano, Eugene Gloria, Heath Hyun Houghton, Jenna Le, Timothy Liu, Karen Llagas, Mia Ayumi Malhotra, Hilary Cruz Mejia, Cordelia Naumann, Carol Park, Robert Pesich, Elmer Omar Pizo, Jenny Qi, Robert Ricardo Reese, Dena Rod, Esteban Rodriguez, Annie Stenzel, Eileen Tabios, Victor Barnuevo Velasco, Michael Warr, Chun Yu, and Changming Yuan.

MiGoZine’s nominees

PUSHCART PRIZE NOMINEES

A TRIO OF CROWS
Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum

ANYONE
Ron Riekki

QUARANTINE
Tony Robles

QUARANTINE POEM 1
Kim Shuck  

UPON HEARING TWO WHITE MEN SING DIXIE AT OPEN MIC, AFTER THE CHARLESTON MASSACRE / (DON’T) LOOK AWAY, DIXIE
Kai Coggin

WHICH BOAT
Megan Duffy Brown


BEST OF THE NET NOMINEES

bestnet

POETRY

William Allegrezza
A Wicked World in All Meridians

Ronda Piszk Broatch
How to Stay Sane When the World Seems Crazy

Lee Herrick
The Birds Outside My Window Sing During a Pandemic

Abigail Licad
Shelter-in-Place Hookup Pantoum

Elijah Pringle III
Social Distancing or Drapetomania

Maw Shein Win
Quiver, fern

NONFICTION

Rashaan Alexis Meneses
The Distance of Now

Lisa Meltzer Penn
Clouds over Syracuse

Congratulations and good luck everyone!

MiGoZine, Paloma Press’ online lit mag, is live

As I write this, 20% of the world’s population is under lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19. There are now 719,758 confirmed cases worldwide since the illness was first reported in November 2019.

A day after the seven Bay Area counties issued a shelter-in-place mandate, I called for poems on “sheltering,” and in less than two weeks, received over 90 poems from 46 poets, on their personal and shared experiences of self-isolation, paying attention to and tracing the mundane and the fantastic that have become our new normal.

I am very grateful to William Allegrezza (Indiana), Ivy Alvarez (New Zealand), Megan Duffy Brown (California), Cynthia Buiza (California), Michael Caylo-Baradi (California), Douglas Cole (Washington), Joe Cottonwood (California), Robert Cowan (New York), Melinda Luisa de Jesús (California), Simeon Dumdum, Jr. (Philippines), Melissa Eleftherion (California), Hollie Hardy (California), Lee Herrick (California), Georgette Howington (California), Luisa A. Igloria (Virginia), Luke Johnson (California), Persis Karim (California), Mary Kasimor (Washington), Phyllis Klein (California), Abigail Licad (California), Aurelia Lorca (California), Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum (Tennessee), Joseph G. Mendoza (Philippines), Rashaan Alexis Meneses (California), Abigail Milne (California), Claudia Monpere (California), PC Muñoz (California), Tayve Neese (Florida), Cynthia J. Patton (California), Octavio Quintanilla (Texas), Ron Riekki (California), Jacki Rigoni (California), Tony Robles (North Carolina), Lisa Rosenberg (California), Christopher X. Shade (New York), Murzban F. Shroff (India), Kim Shuck (California), Michael Simms (Pennsylvania), Norma Smith (California), Eileen R. Tabios (California), Gabriele Tinti (Italy), Joel Vega (Netherlands), Maw Shein Win (California), Rosemary Ybarra-Garcia (California), Jamie Zou (Connecticut), & Cybele Zufolo (California).

Despite the onslaught of our most recent pandemic, these poets carved out time to create, log their days, and thoughtfully consider which poems best give shape to what we shelter and why.

Faithfully and with great respect,
Aileen Cassinetto
Updated March 31, 2020
San Mateo County, California