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4 poems by Patricia Golden

2 poems by Ken Shaddock

Chilliwack River Hunt by Neal Ostman

5 short poems by Michael Helsem

The Queers by Jim Dolan


An Index of Literature on DallasArtsRevue    Poems by the Editor


Welcome to the literary portion of this web site. Something new for DallasArtsRevue.

It's not like I haven't done this sort of thing before.

Just before I got an all-expenses paid, free trip to Viet Nam via the U.S. Air Force, I graduated from the University of Dallas with a degree in English Literature.

U.D. was hip to lit.

There, I studied Lit Crit, Virgil, Homer, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Stearnes Elliot, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, etc. I already knew about Ogden Nash, soon stumbled into Kenneth Patchen, but didn't discover Dorothy Parker until much later.


Since the turn of the millenium, I've toyed with the notion of publishing literature on these pages. Again — DallasArtsRevue on paper (1979-1996) often published poetry, short stories, essays and even parts of novels.

Sitting in the audience at a recent poetry reading, I kept thinking as each new poet was introduced, that no one ever includes DallasArtsRevue on their lists of previous publications, even though I've published a lot of writers over the years.

Maybe, thought I, what I need is a great, literary-sounding name for a serious, Dallas-based review. It took a lot of meandering through names to find this one.

Loop 12 is Dallas' inner-city highway encircling widely divergent parts of this city. Parts of it have many names, but everybody in Dallas knows where Loop 12 is and goes.

I know lots of good writers. And they know lots of good writers. My definition of community — friends and friends of friends — stands. We could get a bunch of submissions and publish the very best.

Please tell your writer friends.

J R Compton



1 E-mail a simple query first — get permission, so I'll know your submission is coming, and I won't kill it as it downloads, like I do anything else big I'm not expecting.

Send submissions in any literary form to me (J R Compton — The Editor/Publisher of this site) via an E-mail.

Attach only very long stories. Include everything else in the text of an E-mail.

Maybe I should — and maybe I will later, but for right now, I don't care whether work submitted here has been published before. I'm looking for good wordsmithing, not virgin literature.


All forms of writing are eligible.

4 If your story is really long, save your word processing files as Text-Only (.TXT), since I do not have or use any version of Microsnot Word more recent than 1992's version 5.1.

Tell me the city and state where you live and the URL of any web site your work is on. I am building a page of Dallas and Texas Poets with Web Pages, similar to Dallas and Texas Artists with Web Pages.

All Texas poets are eligible for the Writers With Web Pages page, even if their work does not appear in this lit revue.


I will usually respond with a quick yea or nay. Remember, I am the editor, and I may need to edit.


All works published will be copyrighted to their creators, with one- or first-time publication rights to and permission to publish work in future collections, either online, in or on some other medium.

These rules and procedures will change as DARts learns more about what we're doing here.

I've been dodging doing a DARts Dallas Literary + Poetry Calendar for years, but it may now be inevitable. I always assumed The Writers Garrett or WordSpace would do one. But noooo. Too much trouble ...


Preferences and prejudices

I far prefer shorter to longer but will consider anything.

Words about creativity and the creative process are more interesting.

Words using local settings are preferred.

Beautiful words and imagery are nice, but writing that says something that needs saying is better.

I'd rather publish Dallas or Texas writers. But quality wins over geography.

I'll leave stuff up awhile. The writing I really like stays even longer.




After a while, a lot of readers will read your work here — or it won't be worth continuing.

Writers are eligible to join DallasArtsRevue as Supporting Members (See below) and have a Supporting Member web page of their work. It's a way to support this effort. We might even give some of these away to especially intriguing writers whose work we might want to publish more of.

I should note that DallasArtsRevue is my avocation. I don't get paid.


Help Support DallasArtsRevue

Supporting Members get their own web page(s) of images or writing, access to the big, often updated Members-Only Opportunities page, eligibility for DARts exhibitions and other benefits.

DARts Subscribers get full access to all DallasArtsRevue pages, including the big opportunities page.


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