Amarillo Bay 
 Volume 11 Number 4 

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Volume 11 Number 4

We are pleased to present the fourth issue of our eleventh year, published on Monday, 2 November 2009. We hope you enjoy browsing through our extensive collection of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry! (See the Works List to discover the over 400 works in our collection, including the ability to search through the issues.)


   by Miriam N. Kotzin
Miriam N. Kotzin

Miriam Kotzin's fiction and poetry have been published widely in print and online in such places as SmokeLong Quarterly, Eclectica, Frigg, Word Riot, Pindeldyboz, Thieves Jargon, The Pedestal, and Southern Humanities Review. She is a contributing editor of Boulevard and a founding editor of Per Contra. This is her third story in Amarillo Bay.

Two collections of her poetry have been published: Reclaiming the Dead (New American Press, 2008) and Weights & Measures (Star Cloud Press, 2009). A collection of her flash fiction, Just Desserts, is slated for publication in 2010, also by Star Cloud.

When I got home from the Food Lion, Tom was striding across his lawn, a good ten feet ahead of Faydene, who had a green plastic leaf bag slung over her arm. He got to the small tree on the berm between their sidewalk and the street, nodded to me, and began plucking the leaves without waiting for Faydene to catch up. Faydene called out to me that Tom was "sick to death" of raking, and they were "going to get the last leaves before they fell."

   by Roland Goity
Roland Goity

Roland Goity lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and edits fiction for the online journal LITnIMAGE ( His stories have appeared in dozens of literary publications, including Fiction International, Underground Voices, Bryant Literary Review, Talking River, Eclectica, Scrivener Creative Review, Word Riot, decomP, and Compass Rose.

There they were again, that couple, that trio, approaching across the wet sand, seawater lapping just short of their feet. The woman with those high cheekbones, wearing her dirty blond hair up in a scrunchie. She was adorned with an ample behind, and Ralph always liked a big ass.

It was pleasant on the beach, with just a hint of breeze. Ralph had noticed that on cooler evenings, when the fog wasn't far from shore, the woman wore dark spandex tights, but on milder evenings, like now, she preferred light running shorts of pastel colors. Ralph focused on her hips, her thighs, her waist, as he noticed the day's choice: day-glo orange shorts, like a momentary reappearance of the sun that minutes before had fallen off the horizon.

   by Sarah Halford
Sarah Halford

Sarah Halford lives and works in Maine, where she writes fiction and essays and practices as a Jungian analyst. She has received the Editor's Choice Prize in the E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Contest and has been published in Maine Voices: A Celebration of the People of Maine and the Places They Love. She is also an oral storyteller and is originally from the Cotswold region of England.

He floated in a green lagoon below the verge of waking. A thick snort jolted him; the hair on the nape of his neck stood erect. His legs peddled fast, toes stretched to grip rank mud at the bottom of the lagoon as he levered himself upright. The black boar of nightmare panted at the edge of the water. Eyes blazed and drool blew around its snout like glass hair at the edge of hot lava. He jumped awake. Words like pincers gripped the inside of his skull; getting drunk last night had not silenced the voices. He groaned; sweat soaked the sheet under him and slimed his armpits.

   by Brian Haycock
Brian Haycock

Brian Haycock lives in Austin, Texas, where he has worked mainly for nonprofit organizations. He enjoys running, hiking and reading stories of all kinds. His stories have appeared in Thuglit, Nefarious, Yellow Mama, Crime and Suspense, Pulp Pusher, Blazing Adventures, and many other publications.

Turner walked down the median divider smiling into the cars. He showed them the sign — Students Against Cerebral Palsy . . . Won't You Help? — and held up the white plastic bucket with the bills in it.

A woman in a Focus rolled down her window and held out a one. "It's nice to see you young people doing something constructive with your time," she said. She had pink-framed glasses and gel-styled hair. Turner held the bucket under the bill and watched it float down, thanked her with a smile. That was the key. Keep that smile going, no matter what.

No Place for Imbeciles
   by Sheri Hunter
Sheri Hunter

Sheri Hunter lives in Michigan with her husband and two children. Prior to earning her MBA, she worked as a writer and TV News Producer for both CBS and NBC affiliates in the Detroit Area. She was a Marketing Strategist at an academic book publisher before dedicating her time to writing. She freelances for several newspapers and journals.

In my head I focus on the equation, multiply then add. I concentrate on the sum of the Pythagorean Theorem as Marty Futsmeyer approaches because without rigorous attention to find the length of the hypotenuse, I'll bust a gut right in front of that cheek-pouch monkey. "God, his hair. And those pimpled pink craters," I utter under my breath.

Evan," warns my grandfather, Poppo as we grandkids call him. "Snip it," he says in his tawny Irish inflection, then jabs me in the ribs with his eighty-three-year-old elbow, his equivalent of a friendly right hook. I beg air to return to the lung he just deflated.

Creative Nonfiction

Penalty of Success
   by Lynn H.W. Banowsky, M.D.
Lynn H.W. Banowsky, M.D.

Dr. Banowsky was the primary driving force behind the founding of the Texas Transplantation Society and served as its first president in 1987. He was firmly committed to the concept that the transplant community throughout the State have a venue to address as a group issues facing the community, be they scientific, financial, legislative, etc. He trained at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, completing a residency at the VA Hospital as well as the Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Dr. Banowsky completed a urology residency at Tulane University and taught there before moving to the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, where he established the renal transplant program, and then the Cleveland Clinic, where he was chief of the section of renal transplantation. He returned to Texas in 1977 to become the director of the renal transplant program at the UT Health Science Center and was also affiliated with the Santa Rosa Medical Center and the VA Hospital. In 1983 he established the Renal Transplant Program at what is now the Methodist Specialty and Transplant hospital, and was named surgeon emeritus of the Texas Transplant Institute before he retired. Dr. Banowsky participated in many committee and community activities, and is a past recipient of the Kathryn Dial Murray Gift of Life Award from the National Kidney Foundation.

Since retirement, Dr. Banowsky has published memoirs of his childhood and experiences from his medical career in "Quirk: the Literary Journal of the University of the Incarnate Word" and the "Palo Alto Review." He currently resides in Lawton, Oklahoma, with his wife, Tonya L. Riley-Banowsky and their rottwieller, Baby. He can be contacted at

Dr. Bill Barnes eyes drilled holes through our hospital administrator, Robert Mallory.

"How can you say there's no money to transplant this patient? If there isn't any money, it's because you aren't forceful enough with the county commissioners. Stop sucking up to them and demand the commissioners give you adequate monies to run this place like a hospital instead of a whorehouse."

Mallory leaned across the table and spoke too softly and too deliberately. "Barnes, you are an arrogant son-of-a-bitch. You would be the first to squeal like a pig if your taxes went up one dollar."

Neither Bill Barnes nor Robert Mallory were jerks. They were venting their frustrations about the impossible situation patients, doctors, hospital administrators and social workers faced in 1970.


Allegory Obscurely Stirs
   by Oliver Rice
Oliver Rice

Oliver Rice has received the Theodore Roethke Prize and thrice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies in the United States, as well as Canada, Argentina, England, Austria, Turkey, and India. His book of poems, On Consenting to Be a Man, is offered by Cyberwit, a diversified publishing house in the cultural capital Allahabad, India, and is available on Amazon.

Here at the crossroads
are eight nondescript houses
and a store with gas pumps in front.
The way north and south is graveled,
east and west dirt,

going toward Crooked Creek,
Ebenezer Church.

The Pale Entreaties of Her Dreams
   by Oliver Rice
Oliver Rice

Oliver Rice has received the Theodore Roethke Prize and thrice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies in the United States, as well as Canada, Argentina, England, Austria, Turkey, and India. His book of poems, On Consenting to Be a Man, is offered by Cyberwit, a diversified publishing house in the cultural capital Allahabad, India, and is available on Amazon.

We do not know whether she kept a dairy.
But think of it.

Think of it.

Azaleas blooming, dying.
Her polka dot dress.
The cat on the porch across the20street.
A shower, a glistening sun.

August 18, 1587
   by Lyn Lifshin
Lyn Lifshin

Lyn Lifshin has written more than 125 books and edited 4 anthologies of women writers. Her poems have appeared in most poetry and literary magazines in the U.S.A, and her work has been included in virtually every major anthology of recent writing by women. She has given more than 700 readings across the U.S.A. and has appeared at Dartmouth and Skidmore colleges, Cornell University, the Shakespeare Library, Whitney Museum, and Huntington Library. Lyn Lifshin has also taught poetry and prose writing for many years at universities, colleges and high schools, and has been Poet in Residence at the University of Rochester, Antioch, and Colorado Mountain College. Winner of numerous awards including the Jack Kerouac Award for her book Kiss The Skin Off, Lyn is the subject of the documentary film Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass. For her absolute dedication to the small presses which first published her, and for managing to survive on her own apart from any major publishing house or academic institution, Lifshin has earned the distinction "Queen of the Small Presses." She has been praised by Robert Frost, Ken Kesey and Richard Eberhart, and Ed Sanders has seen her as "a modern Emily Dickinson."

Virginia Dare, first English child born in the new country. Her grandfather went back to England to get help, came back 3 years later but there was no sign of any of them

In that fall, as leaves went
blood with her child squalling
her mother must have clawed
wisteria, dreamt of orange trees
loaded with fruit as ice crept
into buckets and the dark came
too fast. No one knows if the

A Sign on the Road
   by John Sibley Williams
John Sibley Williams

John has an MA in Writing and resides in Portland, OR, where he frequently performs his poetry and studies Book Publishing at Portland State University. He is presently compiling manuscripts composed from the last two years of traveling and living abroad. Some of his over seventy previous or upcoming publications include: The Evansville Review, Flint Hills Review, Open Letters, Cadillac Cicatrix, Juked, The Journal, Hawaii Review, Amarillo Bay, Barnwood International Poetry, Concho River Review, Paradigm, Red Wheelbarrow, Aries, Other Rooms, The Alembic, Phantasmagoria, Clapboard House, River Oak Review, Glass, Southern Ocean Review, Miranda, Language and Culture, and Raving Dove.

We've grown taller than our parents,
taller still than the shadows
our dreams cast
across the upturned soil,
shoveled to surface, inside out,
and guilty as the plowshare.

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