The Authors and Artists Speak Part IV

Meagan Lucas tells us about how place helps her find inspiration and how her experiences on St Joseph’s Island in Ontario Canada help shape Lindsey’s danger fraught journey in Cola Colored Bubbles.

Konstantin Rega gives us his notes on his poem “A Painting of Hiroshima ’45”


“A Painting of Hiroshima ’45” is about the beauty of decay being reborn as a new identity or reinvigorated by that ever so determined idea, belonging to the human spirit, of hope. The imagery in the poem is quick, going in swift procession, giving the reader an idea of dropping through the page—symbolizing the H-Bomb that slipped down through the sky. “A Painting of Hiroshima ’45” also shows the narrator, an artist, a painter, describing what he sees, though not what he exactly is painting at the time of his narration, though ironically it is what he paints through his words, with the sharing of this poem, of his history. The world is discovered history is made by poets and painters recording what they see and hear, and this idea is shown by the final stanza about some other artist painting “the narrator’s” corpse. The point of my poem is to illustrate the power and necessity of artists and, also, the need to preserve the past.

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Author’s and Artists Speak Part II

Poet John Stupp introduces and reads us his piece Thunderbird.

Katherine Roberts Leach gives us her notes on how she created photographs like Worker 1 and Worker 3.

In Pursuit of Anonymous Moments

Most of the time I photograph outside in public. Sometimes I am inside, looking out. I hunt for the moments when my subjects are unaware of my presence, when I can see them, if not always their faces. My camera, therefore, can’t spoil the moment, or intrude into their thoughts. These people who I do not know, and who do not know me, are going about their business, inviting nothing, least of all me. Later, viewers of the photographs may imagine the faces of the subjects, and what inhabits their minds at that moment, or they may embrace the anonymity.

Since I never pose or do set-ups, I must rely on opportunity to give me one more chance to capture the anonymous moment.

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The Authors and Artists Speak Part III

Allison Cummings describes the layers of inspiration and a bit of the technique that brought about her poem “Route #6.”


Chris Dungey included notes on his story “Brass

Hector Fritch [the main character of Brass] is probably what you’d call my alter ego; or even fictional doppelganger. In my writing career, which includes 60 published stories and another 15 hunting, I’ve probably come up with 4-5 tales drawn totally from my imagination; pulled out of my ass, if you will. The rest are all based on things that have happened to me or to friends and acquaintances. I merely twist the facts and names around a bit, exaggerate or minimize aspects of the actual events, and voila! Or, as Kelly Bundy would say: “Viola!” It’s the Beatles “Paperback Writer” school of fiction: “I change it ’round, ’til you like the style. I’ll be writing more in a week or two.”

As for Hector’s demeanor in “Brass,” two major themes should emerge. First, he would hate, ever, to have his soon-to-be ex-wife dislike him or worse, report ill of him to others. He insists on being a nice guy and cooperative participant in the litigation. He has everything to gain; the house, shared custody of the child, and perhaps even the occasional thrash in the sheets. They’ve always been good together in that way. More importantly, Hector has come to enjoy being laid-off. Reading, writing, Letterman late, sleeping in; leisurely days as lord of his modest manor. This condition should go on for as long as there are benefits to be exploited. If he has to do a bit of scrounging until GM calls him back, he will do it at his own pace and under his own direction. Washing dishes at Titus Family Restaurant will be a very last resort.

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The Authors and Artists Speak

Now we’d like to give our readers the opportunity to hear directly from our contributors. What does their story sound like in their voice? What do they think about what they’ve submitted? Let’s find out, they have a lot to say about their work, so listen up.


Go to Work Invocation in Tsalagi (Cherokee)
By Ginger Strivelli

N-gee-doh nu-doh (Sister Moon)
Ah-doh-da nu-doh (Father Sun)
Ka-na-ne-ski E-li-si (Spider Grandmother)
E-gee-nu-tlee A-gah-sga (Brother Rain)
Al-ay U-ni-tsi E-lo-hi-noh (Mother Earth)
Gee-yu-ha Ah-da-nu-doh ( Come into my heart)
A-lay Its-ee-goh I-lu-wis-dane-oh-i (and go to work)

Our invocation poem is “Go to Work Invocation in Tsalagi (Cherokee)” by Ginger Strivelli. Ginger notes that while she is not a native speaker she has studied the language extensively and uses the language in her poetry.  The poem is phonetically spelled so that the reader might hear the piece in the language that inspired it.

Tsalagi Gawonihisdi is spoken by the tribe that was originally known as the Aniyunwiya.  Cherokee is the name given to that tribe by the Creek Tribe. The Cherokee were victims of the infamous historical event known as the “Trail of Tears.” Ginger set the following graphic as an accompaniment piece for the poem.


Back Cover Art

Factory I by Jenn Powers

Jenn Powers sent us the following recording about her photograph. Factory I is featured in our Art Gallery and will be a fitting back cover image for the ePub version of the magazine.

updated 8.10.17 3:20pm


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Art Posted!

We have just posted the Art Gallery for Issue VI Volume I. Please have a look at the inspired and unique art that is an essential part of 4Ties literary vision.  Thank you to Charles Wilson, Catherine Roberts Leach, Jenn Powers, Toni Martsoukos, Fabrice Poussin, Pat St Pierre, Christopher Nelson, and Mark Yale Harris for having their work as part of Issue VI Volume I of Four Ties Lit Review. Their work will be pulling double duty in the Art Gallery as the title art for each of the sections of the magazine as well as the front and back cover, enjoy.

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Poetry Published!

We have finished posting the new poetry for Issue VI Vol I. Please have a look; Issue VI Volume I Poetry We love the poetry in this issue.  Thank you to all 19 poets. Our Contributor’s talents and efforts are why 4Ties exists.

Also, we wanted to thank the other 540+ other poets, authors, and artists who did not make the issue. We are flattered that you considered us for publication and hope you’ll submit in the future.

Next, we’ll be posting Author/Poet/Artist Bios, followed by what our contributors have to say about themselves and their pieces. We’ll hear from them directly in their own words, in their voices, out of their mouths.

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Poetry Part I – Posted!

We’ve just posted the first half of the poetry selections for Issue VI Volume I. We are very pleased to have their work and would like to thank; Ginger Strivelli, James Croal Jackson, Sarah O. Oso, Lisa Zimmerman, John Stupp, Yu-Han Chao, Allison Cummings, Kathy O’Fallon, Juleigh Howard-Hobson, and John Andrews. These ten poets represent the first half of the poetry that we are posting for Issue VI Volume I. The rest will follow soon. Please enjoy these exceptional works by visiting and following the links from our Main Poetry Page.

We’d also like to thank Fabrice Poussin for submitting “Treasure” it graces the main poetry page as the title art. Once again thanks to all, more to follow.

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Fiction Posted!

We’ve just posted our four Fiction selections for Issue VI Volume I.

In Brass by Christopher Dunge, we find Fritch trying to work out how to make ends meet when Gwen drops in.

Lindsey’s new to her Northern Ontario town as she takes some big risks trying to find herself in Meagan Lucas’s Cola Colored Bubbles.

“Squeaky” tries to establish herself in a job where she might not belong in Tonja Matney Reynolds’ Creamed Corn and Ninja Stars, written in the 2nd person point of view.

Lucy works at the Pinal County Adult Detention Center’s as a correctional officer and at home to care for her aging grandmother. Circumstance turns pending tragedy into an opportunity to thrive in Andrew J Hogan’s Waatimachi, previously published in Oasis Journal 2015.

We’d also like to introduce our readers to Bull’s Dream, an abstract piece from artist Charles Wilson as the title page art for the main Fiction page.

Thank you and congratulations to everyone. Enjoy.

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Non-Fiction Posted!

We have just posted the Non-Fiction for Issue VI Volume I! Melissa Tombro’s piece Blue Elastic Pants is the story of working toward selling off a lifetime’s collection of “treasures.” Ian Rogers’s narrator in Painting’s Just My Day Job works on re-realizing the value of all kinds of work. Thanks and congratulations to Melissa Tombro and Ian Rogers! You’ll love both authors’ well written, insightful explorations of self-(re)discovery.

Additionally, we have chosen the art for the Non-Fiction title page. Thanks and congratulations to Pat St Pierre for “Yummy” We love the way the scruffy headed sheep stares into the camera. And we couldn’t begin to put Issue VI together without picking the Cover Art. Thanks to Christopher Nelson for Is Everything Going to be OK not only are the four necktied suits captivating (and very appropriate for our review and the theme) but we love the suggestion of a post apocalyptical environment in the background. Thank you, one and all. More Updates and postings to come.


Updated 8/2/17 12:22am

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Just a quick update on what’s happening at 4Ties…

We have acceptance of publication confirmation from nearly all of the 35 folks who will be part of Issue VI Volume I. Authors’ final revisions are due this coming Friday. All personalized rejection letters have been sent. The rest of this week we’ll send out our mass rejection letters. We too have been on the receiving end of those letters and we know their sting. We feel for you but the end product this year will soothe us all. Thanks for your support.

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