Clever Magazine
The ezine for the neglected demographic!
 
Winter 2020/2021
"Better Days Ahead"


My Christmas Wish for You in 2021

A Message from the Editor
Book Reviews
: The Book Report,
by the editor

Featured in this issue: Walter Giersbach,
so prolific, so snarky, great reading
Borrowed your Boat
Death by Apathy

Moving Violation

Essays and short stories:

Family Tradition,
by Kim Bonner

Three pandemic related stories by Martin Green:
as Martin points out, things are dreadfully mundane these days for the sheltered ones. But our poor country, yikes!

A Pandemic Walk
A Walk in the Rain
Pandemic: the June Journal

Dog Stories! our favorite thing
Joyful Obsession,
by Colleen Halupa
102 Degrees of Love, by Julian Grant

Late summer updates:
Mangos and Tombstones, by Susan P Blevins
Nocturnal Hunt, by Susan P. Blevins
Girl Talk, by Walter Giersbach
Ray and Shirley, by Monty McDannald
Splenda in the time of Covid19, by Zaphra Reskakis

Featured writer, Wayne Sheer. Wayne has been a Clever contributor for years. As a way of thanking Wayne for his loyalty to Clever, I decided to feature him in this issue. I have two new stories from him to share with you, and a couple of reposts that will amuse you too.
The Cat's Pajamas
What I learned Today

Gardeners Anonymous
No Unusual Activity

Encore! our most-read stories from the summer issue:
Joined at the Heart, by Walter Giersbach
Three delicious short stories by Martin Green
   At the Buena Vista, SF!
   Appointment in Samarra 2020: a riff on John O'Hara
   My Day in Lockdown
The Chasm
, a cheeky little potboiler by Dianne Kochenburg

From long past issues:
Cleaning up the Idea Files: Part 1, Part 2
Still relevant? Remembering the 20th Century



Archives:

Investigations, our extremely important research
Nature stories
, saving the environment one small step at a time
Travel Essays, armchair travel at its finest

Humor Archives, or look at the following:
Relationship, senior and southern humor
Pearly gates and regional humor
One-liners

The Phantom's Page: here's the editor's stuff

 

Ongoing collections:
Clever Cooks, here it is, our recipe collection

Movie Review Archive:
A-C, D-G, H-M, N-S, T-Z


Departments:
Publishing Guidelines, want to get your piece published? Read this first.
Note: we are no longer publishing seasonally. Instead we will publish your work into the current issue as soon as we accept it.
About Clever, maybe more than you want to know
A Message from the Editor: occasionally the editor spouts off about something
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