Wish us luck!

We’ve just applied for The Whiting Foundation Literary Magazine Prize!


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Issue VI Issue I PDF format

The Pdf format of Issue VI Volume I is now available; you may open and save the file from the link below.

Four Ties Lit Review Issue VI Volume I pdf

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Issue VI Volume I Letter from the Editor

Greetings Readers,
Thank you once again for supporting a vision of literature that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. In our sixth year of publishing Four Ties Lit Review, the idea of having a central idea around which the magazine is organized has finally taken hold. While not all submissions were strictly “work” related, neither were all of the pieces we chose to publish. However, we do feel the issue has come together in a way previous issues of 4Ties did not.

Part of the coherence of this issue might be due to the response to our call for submissions. We were excited to see the sharp increase in submissions. We processed nearly six hundred individual submissions; two hundred and seventy-three of those contained over a thousand poems, two hundred fiction submissions, sixty-seven non-fiction submissions, and over two-hundred pieces of graphic art.

We are ecstatic with this issue’s results; Fiction that’ll make you laugh, Nonfiction that will surprise you, Poetry, and Graphic Art that will have your spirit soaring. Our contributors’ visions are inspiring. We can’t wait to have for you to read the issue.

This year we announced an open call for submissions of “Graphical Story Telling (visual narrative).” Unfortunately, the response was underwhelming. For the first time, we felt the quality of the submissions in the genre were below the magazine’s standards. However, we are still excited about this growing genre and will continue to search for quality visual storytelling in the future.

The challenges and rewards of bringing 4Ties to publication, combined with the fact that we can bring new and favorite Authors and Artist, to our audience, are what makes it so satisfying to do work on 4Ties. With this issue, we feel that publication has turned a corner and gained critical support. With the added interest comes opportunity, which may equate to additional work. In the coming year while we will continue to grow the publication we will also turn to our audience and community for support. The needs of this growing and vibrant publication have outgrown the current resources available to us. Stay tuned for ways you can help.

We thank you for supporting Four Ties Lit Review now and in the future.

Matthew W Larrimore

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The Artists and Authors Speak Update

All of our “The Artists and Authors Speak” featured posts are now a permanent part of Issue VI Volume I online content so our reads can easily access that content while Issue VI Volume I is on display… The Authors and Artist Speak

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Artists and Author’s Speak Part VII

Despite our best efforts sometimes life comes crashing in… we apologize for the lateness of this update.

Our Non-Fiction Author Ian Rogers provided us with an illuminating and instructive recording to accompany his wonderful narrative that captures the essence of both friendship and work “Painting’s Just My Day Job”

Thank you Ian and all the Authors and Artists from whom we have heard.

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The Author’s and Artists Speak Part VI

Our final installment of the Author’s and Artists Speak features, three artists.

Pat St Pierre introduces her photograph “Yummy” and gives us just a few details about the photo.

Tim Haight gives us a glimpse into the cultural inspiration behind and his intentions in “Pilgrim’s Feet.”

Kathy O’Fallon tells us how a James Dicky piece and New York contributed to her poem “Shoe Shine.”

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The Author and Artist Speak Part V

Today we hear from two more poets about their work.

Marissa Glover tells us a bit more about her humorous poem “Chair Envy.”


Tristan Joseph Boisvert tells us more about his serious hybrid piece “peal.”

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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.

Catherine 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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