About once a week, I write a review of a literary journal or genre magazine. Here is the latest in this series.
Founded in 2013, LETTERS Journal is published twice a year by the Yale Institute for Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut.
What They Say About Themselves: “LETTERS is committed to publishing and promoting artists, visual and literary, who create in and towards forms (old and new) for what transcends and embeds human life. To write and create with spiritual concern or affection requires sincerity, honesty, and, often, bearing the full burden of a question’s ambiguities. Recognizing this, we publish work that ranges from deep conviction to turbulent doubt. Above all, though, we keep our ears tuned for what rings of the true, the beautiful, and the virtuous.”
Issue Reviewed: Issue 10 (Winter 2021)
Genre: Literary realism with spiritual elements
One Story I’ll Remember Not to Forget: “No Longer Mine,” by Adrienne Garrison. When her son returns to her farmhouse with his wife to work in a rural hospital, Mary lays not so subtle hints about having a grandchild. When tragedy strikes, Mary has to reconsider what is truly hers. A compelling portrait of a stoic woman navigating her way through grief.
Exploding Helicopters: Two Explosions. The action in the stories is very subordinate to the ideas expressed.
Profanometer: Gee Willikers. Not a profane word in sight.