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The grey-blue cover, page one of this twenty-page stapled issue, is adorned with an ink-blot-like drawing by Harland Ristau titled, “The Owls Have It.” Written on the front cover parallel to the spine is the issue number and date of publication, along with the title of the publication, Aspect. The Table of Contents includes a note that reads “Ellen Link, whose work was first published in ASPECT last month, has joined our editorial board. She is from Sommerville.”
This issue is comprised of one non-fiction opinion piece, “McGovern: Its About Time We Elected an Honest Man,” by editor Edward J. Hogan, focused on prospective democratic party nominees in the 1972 Presidential election. Hogan briefly entertains a number of democratic candidates to challenge incumbent President Richard Nixon for a run at the White House in 1972. Hogan predicts that George McGovern is the best candidate to challenge Nixon. The issue includes a short piece of fiction by Daniele Guillroy, and a series of eight poems. Even numbered page numbers appear on the top left corner of the page, with the name of this publication, Aspect, in the top right corner. Odd numbered page numbers are marked in the top right corner of the page, replaced by the month and year of publication in the top left corner of each page.
The poems begin on the second half of page seven: “In Younger Days,” by Larry Neal Bowers, “Choice?” by Colleen E. Rutherford, “On Being a Publisher,” by Tom Montag, Everyman’s Price,” by Wilson Stapleton, “Cotton Mather’s Prayer,” which appears with a stand alone, anonymous illustration of a cross on page ten, “Crazy Lopez, by Fritz Hamilton, and a three-part untitled poem by Ricahrd Latta. This is followed by a prose poem “Cabbage” by Daniel L. Guillory and a four-stanza poem “Scenes of Today” by Judy Shepps.
Beginning on page fifteen is an index of contributors for volumes V and VI (March ‘71-February ’72). This index is broken down into sections by genre. The index is listed by author, with the title, page, and issue. On the bottom of page fifteen is an advertisement: “Market Place. All up-to-date. Tells you where to send poems, stories, juveniles, articles, photos, reviews, interviews, cartoons, satire, letters. Hundreds of magazines. Book publishers. You name it! We’ve got the market. For important news and recent announcements. Market Place, Box 14, Mt. Vernon, Maine 04352. Just published. $2.00.”
American Politics | Literature in English, North America | United States History
Hogan (Editor), Edward J.; Yuan (Editor), Frances Tsu-Huai; Becker (Editor), Deborah; Link (Editor), Ellen; Hogan, Edward J.; Guillory, Daniel; Bowers, Larry Neal; Rutherford, Colleen E.; Montag, Tom; Stapleton, Wilson; Coleman, Horace; Hamilton, Fritz; Latta, Richard; Shepps, Judy; Ristau, Harland; and Ronzitti (Student Commentator), Mitchell A., "Aspect Magazine vol. VI, issue 36, February 1972" (1972). Aspect Magazine. 19.