As the long days of summer draw to an end, this issue comes bearing witness to an escalating environmental crisis and to the needless slaughter that serves to fuel more of the same. As many are learning and some refuse to learn, military aggression enflames resistance to injustice. Only diplomacy and a willingness to redress grievances can bring peace and security.
This issue marks the completion of 10 years of publication -- no small feat given the constant struggle of rising expenses and an almost nonexistent budget! Though we consistently operate in the red, we are continually astounded at the power of the working class writing we have been fortunate to publish. Our readers tell us every issue is worth keeping, and fortunately for you, we have many back issues available. We remain committed to continuing and expanding our efforts.
In addition to this journal, Partisan Press also publishes exceptional collections of working class literature. Our newest book, A Possible Explanation, is by lyrical revolutionary Peggy Sapphire. A poem from this collection, "The Presence of Justice" appears in this issue. This handsome flat-spined book (see ad below) is an electrifying must have for lovers of progressive poetry and is available for only $14.00 (shipping included).
Our summer issue also announces the winners of the Working People's Poetry Contest. We had a number of excellent submissions. The first prize and winner of the $100.00 and one year's subscription is Bobbi Dykema Katsanis for "Potato Suicides," this moving poem is dedicated to one of many farmers driven to suicide during the US farm crisis of the 1980's. The greed of multinational agribusiness continues to drive farmers to suicide globally as well as in the US. Also included in this issue are two poems which won honorable mentions (and a one year subscription) -- "Last Tour" by Gerald R. Wheeler and "Post Supervisor Scars" by Susan Simonds. All three winning poems are posted on our website for one year.
As ever, we are grateful for your support and comments in this our collective effort to give voice to you who are creating a progressing working class culture.