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Masthead 2023

Charles Troob, Publisher
Lorne Taichman, Associate Publisher

Prose Editors:
Mary Houts and Eric Roper

Prose Readers:
Mary Houts
Ruth Kavesh
Eric Roper
Ira Rubin
Andrew Shapiro

Poetry Editors:
Carmen Mason and Irene Sax

Poetry Judges:
Linda Anstendig
Carmen Mason
Judith Meyerowitz
Irene Sax

Letter from the Publishers 2023

Welcome to the 2023 edition of Voices Online, the literary magazine of the Lifelong Peer Learning Program. Earlier editions—going back a decade—can be found on this web site.

We are happy to present the work of eight poets and twelve prose writers. Some of this writing has been generated in LP2 study groups and activities. Some of it is the creative work that our members have done on our own. We hope that in future issues even more of our talented members will be represented.

Much thanks to the editors and readers who have helped to make this possible—and, of course, to our contributors!

Charles Troob

Lorne Taichman
Associate Publisher


Robert Chan, Artificial?
Robert Chan, The Late Robert Chan
Pat Fortunato, I’ve Lost It!
Pat Fortunato, The Invasion of the Pasta People
Sonya Friedman, Sidney Lumet, Firm Director
Sonya Friedman, Vermont: Second Nature
Judith Meyerowitz, Memoirs of a Brighton Beach Childhood
Judith Meyerowitz, The Advice-Giver
Mary Padilla, As Seen Through the Leaves
Mary Padilla, On Aggression
Sara Petitt, Lunch at La Marine in Paris
Ira Rubin, The Atria Roundtable
Ron Russo, A Stack of Photographs
Ron Russo, Uncle Matt
Mark Scher, Death and Dying
Mark Scher, Quest for Meaning
Lorne Taichman, Music Mania
Charles Troob, Shaving
Richard Zacks, Survivors


Stewart Alter, Theban Shocker
Stewart Alter, Misplaced
Stewart Alter, The Businessman’s Lament
Mark Fischweicher, For the Birds
Mark Fischweicher, Things that Return
Mark Fischweicher, Unfallen
Mark Fischweicher, Tirade to Dismiss My Fall
Rosalie Frost, Girl-talk
Rosalie Frost, What We Owe
Carmen Mason, Dylan
Carmen Mason, Raccoon
Carmen Mason, Sonnet VII
Carmen Mason, Poemless in Gaza
Judith Meyerowitz, Jump Up Children
Judith Meyerowitz, A Chinese Scholar’s Garden
Judith Meyerowitz, Ode to Sylvia
Judith Meyerowitz, Is This One?
Mary Padilla, Improvising
Mary Padilla, Letter to You
Mary Padilla, Joy
Mary Padilla, Nobody Goes There
Mireya Perez Bustillo, A Cow Jumped Over the Moon
Mireya Perez Bustillo, Bed
Mireya Perez Bustillo Reclaimed
Mireya Perez Bustillo, Cordillera Oriental
Charles Troob, Napoli