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This issue’s cover contains a misprinted date. It reads February 1972, but is referenced throughout the magazine as February 1973. The paperback stabled bound issue starts with a cover portraying artwork from Harland Ristau overlaying the purple background, the same color found on the back cover. The interpretive illustration of Lady Macbeth by Harland Ristau was the second cover in a row that Aspect used by Ristau. He continued his work by designing covers for the Lilliput Review.

February 1973 was the last issue of Aspect’s fourth year and sold for fifty cents. Hogan was co-editor at the time and provided high standards for editing and publishing. Hogan ends the magazine with a note from the editor, himself; by questioning if there will be another four years to the poetic work of art. Readers were to only come to the conclusion by the release of the next month’s issue that it would indeed continue to publish. In fact the magazine lived on for another year after, which can be seen by the March 1973- February 1974 index that was a supplemental piece Hogan distributed. The Keene State College Archive includes some of the original Aspect magazines but unfortunately the March-April 1973 issue is not part of the collection. The May-June 1973 issue is though, and includes a coincidental editor change after the proceeding question from Hogan. The February 1973 issue was edited by Hogan and Ellen Link, where as in May-June 1973 Hogan, Ellen Schwartz, and Gail Braatelien combined as editors.

This issue begins with a fiction short story by David Craft titled “The Chilled Wren.” The fictional piece ends with an anonymous picture of a birdcage. Hogan placed this fiction short story as the first piece of writing in this issue and the non-fiction piece, written by himself, as second to last, allowing what happened in between to stay in a similar range of themes.

The non-fiction political essay Hogan wrote depicting Nixon and the future budget was titled “The Nixon Budget.” The piece is broken into three categories with the following sub headers: 1: An Attack On The Poor, 2: Revenue-Sharing: Panacea & Hoax, 3:The Spending Ceiling and The Military. Hogan described the 1974 budget concerns for decreased funding for the Office of Economic Opportunity (O.E.O.), subsidized housing, hospital construction funds, urban development, manpower programs, education, criminal justice, agriculture, and the environment. He also offered the answers from Nixon’s administration officials that, “to defend the sweeping budget cuts has been to point to revenue-sharing as a substitute” (Hogan, 16). Revenue-sharing can leave poor cities with less money than they had to begin with. The third section suggests a tax increase would be necessary to improve the “quality of life in this country” (Hogan, 17). He concludes his work and lists his references at the end of the piece, but then adds a page break with corresponding stars to provide attention to a quote from India: Yesterday and Today, edited by Clark D. Moore and David Eldredge. The quote notes the Mauryan Dynasty and the great ruler, Asoka. According to India: Yesterday and Today, Asoka saw the harm his campaign had caused the country and converted to Buddhism to then rule under a “humanitarian Buddhist ethic” (20).

The other poets, in between the fiction and non-fiction stories, provided poems that dealt with issues of death, bleeding, betrayal, and decaying. The poets included Angela Bristow, Sally S. Anderson, Esther M. Leiper, Lori Petri, L.S. Fallis, Walter Griffin, and Richard Latta.

Richard Latta’s poem, which was untitled, was the only poet in this edition to play around with formatting. His poem followed after “The Nixon Budget” by Hogan and was the last piece of work in the February 1973 issue. His style of writing replicates the work of Edgar Lee Masters from his poetry in the Spoon River Anthology. Masters used the names of people that have past, that he found etched on gravestones, to develop poems and a life for the departed. Latta’s poem in this issue seems to use this approach but places his own name in the center of his poem broken up with white space and precedes it with a certain eulogy for his name.

The issue concludes with an index for volumes 7 and 8, from March 1972-February 1973. The index is categorized under Poetry, Prose and Prose-Poems, Fiction, Non-fiction, Books, Artwork, Photography and then subcategorized by author, with title, page, and issue. Following the index and advertisement includes a Small Presses/ Received section listing a journal titled Cotyledon edited by Michael Mayer with a small description by Hogan. After this section locates Hogan’s editorial note questioning four more years with his hope to continue to publish Aspect for a fifth year.

Publication Date

2-1973

Publisher

Aspect/ Zephyr Press

Disciplines

American Politics | Literature in English, North America | United States History

Aspect Magazine vol. 8, issue 48, February, 1973
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