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Editor's Note

This issue of Shot Glass Journal #40 features a selection of form and free verse poetry by poets from Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Malta, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, the UK and the US. The volume of submissions we received for this issue made it even more difficult to select the limited number of poets that we publish in each issue.

The amount of work that goes into our journal to get every poem into the issue, to archive the previous issue and to archive each poet's poems is a huge undertaking. We cannot thank our webmaster Lonnard Dean Watkins enough for making our journal look great.

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 #40.

Wishing you peace and health,
– Mary-Jane Grandinetti

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