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Dear Readers,


Céad míle fáilte (100,000 welcomes) to a jam packed, 5th anniversary edition of Pirene’s Fountain! Coincidentally, this issue is dedicated to the “100,000 Poets for Change” movement, so we are delighted to welcome guest editor Larry Sawyer of Milk Magazine.  Larry spearheads his hometown’s involvement in this most worthy of literary causes.

For your delectation we showcase two British but otherwise very different talents in David Caddy and John Siddique. Both grew up in homes largely devoid of reading material, but far from wilting in this less than promising growing medium, they flourished against all odds and blossomed into prodigious literary talents.  Their latest collections reveal them at the very peak of their poetic careers. As if all this were not enough we also feature prolific US poet Lyn Lifshin, who has garnered all kinds of accolades over a lengthy and glittering career.  Lyn has been feted by Robert Frost, Richard Eberhart and Ken Kesey amongst many others.  Find out more about her in our showcase.

The nominations for the 2011 PF Editors’ Prize are “The Optimist does Origami” By Lisa J. Cihlar, “The Collected Discography of Morning” by Rustin Larson, “Including the story about the Lake District drunk” by David McAleavey and “Fish Story” by Marcia L. Hurlow. We are indebted to David Caddy, editor par excellence of Tears in the Fence, for judging this shortlist and selecting “Including the story about the Lake District drunk” by David McAleavey as the winning poem for 2011.

Oh, I almost forgot! Thanks to all those who stopped by our table at the recent AWP conference in Chicago.  I know that Ami and Katherine had a fabulous time and were delighted to meet you all.
The five year anniversary “best of PF” anthology is very much in the offing, so watch this space.  Work is also well underway behind the scenes on the Glass Lyre Press venture. The intention will be to publish collections and chapbooks from some of our fine poets, so get your quills scratching and keys clicking!

It only remains for me to say a great big “thank you” yet again to all our readers and generous contributors, whether established names or yet to be discovered talents.  We hope you all enjoy this issue and REMEMBER we are not releasing a regular fall/winter issue in 2012 (check our submission guidelines) but we’ll be back when Spring 2013 has sprung!

Oli Lodge
Edinburgh, Scotland