Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet – No. 20 – June 2007
by Gavin J Grant & Kelly Link
Edited by Gavin J Grant & Kelly Link
Cover Artist: Nathaniel Meyer
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 01 July 2007 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 20 is what it sounds like, delicate, little, introspective pieces of fiction, non-fiction & poetry. There are some nice little pieces here by Marly Youmans, Anil Menon, Edward McEneely, Karen Joy Fowler and others.
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 20 is the first issue of this well-regarded small press publication that I have read. These are mostly introspective little pieces with little actually going on and much time spent inside someone's mind. These are not what I usually enjoy but I liked these well enough.
"Prologomenon to the Adventures of Childe Phoenix" by Marly Youmans is the story of a young boy named Blaise who grows up in a strange house with an alchemist father & the body of his sister on display. "Invisible Hand" by Anil Menon tells us what happens when the god Shiva gets tired of being The Destroyer and changes places with Vishnu.
Edward McEneely's "Consider the Snorklepine" concerns the finding of the eponymous animal, the spirit of the British Empire. It's the lightest tale in the issue. In "Under the Skin" by Steven Bratman, a man becomes friends with a neighbor who has grown horns.
"The Oologist's Cabinet" by Michael Hartford concerns a legacy a man was left by his great-grandfather, a cabinet containing bird's eggshells. This leads him to a singular experience. M. Brock Moorer's "The Third Kind of Darkness" is the story of the strange upbringing of a young "prince". In "Workshop", Laura Evans tells us of a young woman looking for a little more from a writer's workshop.
"Krishnaware" by Amelia Beamer is a love story between Radha & Krishna which has a surprising setting. In "I'll Give In" by Meghan McCarron, a woman is entranced by a minotaur named Phil who lives in the labyrinth next door. "In the Lobby of the Mission Palms" by Jon Hansen is just a little half-page about "owl pellets" in a hotel lobby. Last of all, veteran writer Karen Joy Fowler's "The Last Worders" is the story of two sisters looking for a boy from their youth.
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet is a different kind of magazine. If you like more experimental kind of prose, than this is for you.