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Editor's Note

Shot Glass Journal Issue #39 features a selection of form and free verse poetry by poets from Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Philippines, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, the UK and the US. New poetry forms continue to be added to our journal, so take some time to check out our Glossary.

In this age of simultaneous submissions for the sake of getting poetry published, it's encouraging to an editor to receive thankful emails, words of encouragement, blessings and appreciation from our poets for giving them the vehicle to express themselves with short poetry. We here at Muse-Pie Press, and especially Shot Glass Journal - thank all of you who remain dedicated to our journal.

And a huge THANK YOU to our webmaster Lonnard Dean Watkins who magically makes all of the words come alive on each poet's page.

Be sure to visit our Writer Archive and read the over 1000 poets we've published over these previous 38 issues, and visit the issues Archive to browse the previous issues of Shot Glass Journal.

I'd also like to bring attention to Muse-Pie Press' community poem. In March 2020, Muse-Pie Press invited its poets to participate in creating a world-wide Community poem. We wanted to capture the individual experiences and insights of these poets regarding the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic. There were 220 submissions received from 16 countries. R. G. Rader, publisher of Muse-Pie Press, compiled each line and crafted the poem "Pandemic: A Community Poem", into a poem of seven parts. Please visit the Muse-Pie Press site at

We hope you enjoy Issue #39.

Wishing you peace and health,
– Mary-Jane Grandinetti

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