LETISIA CRUZ &




ISSUE 32 of Petite Hound Press, featuring poetry by Hank Kalet and a painting by W. Jack Savage, makes us think of summer, of walking around deserted city streets at dawn before the day’s heat melts into the concrete.


It’s May 15th and we’re thinking about all things summertime — summer road trips, summer hikes, summer reading, and spending lots of time in the sun.


We’re also launching a summer-long #sharethelove contest. To participate, visit our >>archives page << and share a picture of your favorite PHP issue using the hashtag #sharethelove. One lucky winner will be chosen on September 1st; we'll send the winner a gallery-quality art print of the issue shared! 


ISSUE 32 of Petite Hound Press was also inspired by our love of street art and our early morning walks around places like Wynwood in Miami and Downtown Vegas in Nevada. Hank Kalet of New Jersey, another place that's dear to us, mentions "black ice," something we residents of North America won't have to worry about for many, many months. Happy summer! 





The Raritan at dawn shines

-- black ice in the moonlight.

Fog lifts. Skeletal towers

raise electric lines above

muddy banks and spindly stalks.

The gas plant’s white cylinder

emerges from the shadow

cast by the Turnpike bridge,

where coughing cars and trucks

cross the river south.

In the distance, the refineries.

Their smokestacks wheeze,

slowly come into focus.

PAINTER W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage. To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over five-hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California. Visit wjacksavage.com.


GRAPHIC DESIGNER Michael Cassera earned a BFA in Theater Design at VPA -- Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts. Today he works as the Head of Lighting with a theatre on the Las Vegas Strip, and he practices pinhole and other film photography in the Mojave Desert.

POET Hank Kalet is a poet and journalist living in South Brunswick, NJ, with his wife Annie and their two dogs. He is the author of the chapbooks Certainties and Uncertainties, and Stealing Copper, both from Finishing Line Press. His book-length poem, As an Alien in a Land of Promise, a collaboration with photographer Sherry Rubel, is forthcoming from Piscataway House Press and his work was featured in the anthology Palisades, Parkways & Pinelands: An Anthology of Contemporary New Jersey Poets. His poetry and prose have been published in the Progressive, In These Times, Main Street Rag, The Idiom, The Aquarian Weekly, Big Hammer, Big Scream, the Journal of New Jersey Poets, City Belt, The Higginsville Reader, The River Poets Presents, The Writer ’s Gallery, Middlesex: A Literary Journal, Flux, The Other Half, Potomac, Pop Transit, Pop Matters, The Subterranean, and numerous other publications.


Kalet teaches journalism at Rutgers and writing at Middlesex County College, writes regularly for NJ Spotlight and The Progressive Populist and is the author of the blog Channel Surfing ( www.kaletblog.com).

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