Winter in the Adirondacks is a time of bitter temperatures, frozen lakes, driving snow, snowshoe commutes, and crystalline beauty. The artists and writers who have contributed to the 2006 Winter Issue of The Adirondack Review have all used their craft to capture moments of beauty; shocking beauty, silent beauty, even gruesome beauty. (For an instance of the latter- be sure to see Debra Baida’s lovely photo titled “Dead Fox, San Francisco”.) In her poem Flowers at a Construction Site, April Goldman deftly connects the natural world and the urban landscape. She writes:
A slight wind pushes stems backwards,
and their faces turn up to sniff.
What do they smell?
The secluded space in the middle of a city.
In What’s Been Given by Jason Barr, two grown men, strangers, meet in a diner. It seems that one of the men anonymously sacrificed something very important and personal to save the life of the other.
The Winter Issue also includes a fascinating article by Leslie Wilson, Director of Creative Writing at Pepperdine University and Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture, which champions the importance of quality online literary magazines.
I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to publish the work present within this issue. I hope that you enjoy reading this issue as much as my staff and I have enjoyed developing it.