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Reviews Wed Oct 10 2012

The Octoucan is Out: Toucan Magazine Unveils October Issue

Local online publication The Toucan Magazine released issue number 18 on Oct. 1. The magazine, which publishes short prose and poetry on a quarterly basis, has been going strong for the past few years under editrice Laura Rynberg. Cover art always showcases a toucan in some form, and this issue is no different. Denny E. Marshall, who also contributed a few poems to boot, is behind this issue's artwork. Toucan.jpg

For a glimpse into the magazine, read a poem by Amy Ekins, who is pursuing a creative writing degree from Northumbria University in England, entitled Butterfly. The text is vivid and encapsulating, conjuring the image of ink pressed to paper, organically forming the shape of wings.

Another contributor, Rick Hartwell, a retired middle school English teacher based in California, offers a flash fiction piece titled The Skateboard. The story holds the main character in a time of self reflection about an old friend and a night they spent skateboarding in San Francisco. Hartwell makes us feel alive, reliving the buzz of late night escapades of our past.

More of this issue's content can be read online, along with past issues. And to those writers out there, look for the magazine's submission guidelines to see how you could end up in a future issue. So, indulge yourself and see what The Toucan has to offer.

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