CABILDO QUARTERLY #7: $1, 11” x 17”, copied, 2 pgs.

Oh, Cabildo Quarterly. I want to love you wholeheartedly, but there’s always one or two things in each issue that rub me the wrong way. However, positives here include poems by Sara Emily Kuntz, whose work about a mom fighting suicidal thoughts was heart-breaking, and Angele Ellis, who mentioned televangelist Oral Roberts, a man whose name I never thought I’d see in a poem. Constance Renfrow’s short story “Manager’s Door” was taut with tension and action; I’d love to read a novel with those characters. The big negative with this issue was Joe Mayers’ story “From the Snapshot of the Global Marathon Man,” which I didn’t understand whatsoever and made me feel as though my ability to comprehend literature had perhaps deteriorated to the point of losing my mind. To paraphrase Lisa Simpson: I know those words, but that story makes no sense. In spite of that, this is still one of the better issues, and for a buck you can’t beat the return on investment. -Kurt Morris (CQHQ, PO Box 784, Belchertown, MA 01007, cabildoquarterly.tumblr.com)