Here are all the short stories and poems published by Southern Pacific Review in its 6 years of publication. We no longer accept new submissions. This is also the landing page for Walker Rowe's Southern Pacific Review Editorial Services. Mr Rowe is a sole-proprietor who does freelance tech writing on big data analytics, cybersecurity, and cloud architecture.
For a Woman in Winter
Her black hair was the only emotion
I could not name
under a sky the dream of salt.
Light slowed to a trickle
where the only warmth was behind her eyes
like a prisoner who does not blame
her jailors. Then she laughed
and the sun remembered itself -
the father of lightning,
husband of the water alive in the fountain.
But laughter stops or
you pour from yourself too quickly.
She fell silent and the season changed back
to bare knives and windowspoor as the wood of their frames.
FREELANCE TECH WRITER AND PROGRAMMER: BIG DATA ANALYTICS, CYBERSECURITY I am an American freelance tech writer and programmer. I write tech blogs, white papers, tutorials, manuals, and SDK docs. I know Spark, Scala, Python, Java, and many machine learning algorithms. Think of me as an SME and programmer, but one who writes well.
byScott Derry The armchair sports fanatic has historically anticipated his young daughter’s birthdays with tremendous energy and enthusiasm. Regardless of their size, the parties held in her honour have included all of the customary fun associated with such events: a cake with the appropriate number of candles burning during its presentation in a darkened room, guests singing happy birthday to the too-excited-because-she’s-the-centre-of-attention birthday girl (which nobody begrudges at her tender age), an assortment of gifts of varying sizes, fun games like pass the parcel and musical statues, and all the laughter and noise of such an occasion.
When an important sporting fixture has coincided with his daughter’s birthday (or the day of her party, which, for reasons of convenience, have all previous years been held on a Saturday and which thus have rendered clashes with important sporting fixtures unavoidable), it hasn’t been inconvenient for the armchair sports fanatic to watch such…
byRichard To Maximo French's daughter remained nameless until she learned to speak. When she was born, his girlfriend named her Eleos, the goddess who personified clemency and compassion. She looked at her child so lovingly that he hoped she'd change her mind about leaving.
She said this tiny being in her arms was the most amazing, beautiful thing she'd ever witnessed.
A week later he watched her leave on a plane to Japan. They agreed not to stay in contact. She never existed. She was a figment of his imagination.
Their last night was spent in a mortuary basement where they burned photos, gifts and anything that reminded them of themselves. She unfriended and unfollowed him, changed her status to single and marked his emails as spam. She even paid a service to erase all traces of him from her digital life.
Because Maximo believed his daughter required regular sunlight, he took her for daily walks in parks and trails where strangers would compliment his daughter's b…