By the Editors
The winning entries in the 2016 Lush Triumphant Literary Awards are:
Winner: Kate McQuestion for "The Coyote Bride"
Runner-up: Matthew Jay Belyea for "Hospedaje Cocibolca"
Winner: Délani Valin for "Modern Myths"
Runner-up: Mallory Imler Powell for "Every human has felt this way, and other poems"
Winner: Richard Kelly Kemick for "The Ghost of the Great Gun"
Runner-up: Alison Dowsett for "Primordial Eros"
The winning entries will appear in Issue #75 (Winter 2016). The 15th Annual Lush Triumphant Awards competition is now open for "early bird" submissions (just click the link at the top of the page!)
All entrants receive a complimentary one-year subscription to subTerrain
June sits on a padded chair in the backyard listening to the rumbling machines. The sound is a feeling, distant and peaceful, like the gentle tremble of a car as you drift off to sleep in the back seat. It’s not far, of course. Right in front of her. The river-gully forest falling. Norm is livid. He keeps threatening to put the house up for sale. While we still can, he says portentously.
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In the fall of 1994 we had been in our new offices in the Lee Building at the intersection of Main & Broadway for close to three years. The old office was above Guys & Dolls Billiards, across the street, and was sort of funky. But the new premises were more impressive. Cleaner and seemingly more organized.
You don’t work for a literary magazine for the money. You work for a literary magazine for the fringe benefits. And one of the advantages of working for a magazine like subTerrain is getting to attend a professional development symposium—you know, for free.
Before Vancouver’s Main Street became a Portlandia branch plant there really wasn’t much reason to spend any time on its sidewalks. There were no single-origin coffee shops, craft-beer meccas or faux rec-room restaurants. With the noble exception of Neptoon records, and a couple of places along Antiques Row, it wasn’t much of a shopping destination either. No shops trumpeting local designers, organic materials, locally sourced handicrafts and oddball wares. Twee was pretty much absent on Main back then. Irony too.
For those lucky enough to have survived it, the worst thing that happened in the 20th century was the malaise that defined it: the ubiquitous and relentless attempt of every political power to terminate public discourse, as reaffirmed by Mikhail Gorbachev and George H.W. Bush at the Malta summit on December 3, 1989. Only weeks before, the world had witnessed the fall of the Berlin wall, as West and East Germans engaged in a spontaneous populist movement to tear down the symbolic barrier that had divided not only them, but also the rest of the world.
There is always a balance to be struck between driving “development” and protecting the “environment.” Despite the present government’s claim that their new legislation will provide both increased development and protection of the environment, it is obvious that their legislative initiatives are moving Canada toward more development and less environmental regulation & assessment. Whether that is good or not is a political question, of course, but here are some of the particulars.
At the opening of Samuel Beckett’s 1953 tragicomedy, Waiting for Godot, we see two “tramps,” Estragon (Gogo) and Vladimir (Didi), waiting beside a dead tree on a desolate country road. They are waiting for a man to arrive, a man named Godot. They appear to have bet the farm on this chance meeting and are down to their last carrot and turnip, their clothes and shoes worn to tatters.
subTerrain started out as a dream, an idea of literary rebellion, a shadow-self calling out to be born. It was 1988, the nascent days of desktop publishing, and truly a transitional period in the world of print. For the first time in the history of printing, the means of production were actually in the hands of the masses. Armed with only a Personal PC, a “typesetting” software program (not some expensive commercial typesetting equipment such as a Compugraphic machine) and a laser printer, virtually anyone could produce a professional looking publication.