We lost a giant in the entertainment field, and a close friend, with the passing of the incomparable Graylon Ash, and our cover this month reflects some of the joy he brought to us all. Who else could convince a dance floor packed with adults to all put on banana costumes and dance to his signature song, Bananaphone? Jami Mills, as hostess of Friday Night Live, reminisces about her life of crime with “DJ Gray” after 13 years of nonstop fun, in her piece simply titled, Bananaphone. Art Blue has more tricks to pull out of his futuristic bag with the first of a two-part installment entitled Derender Me. Annie Mesmeriser starts us off with another series called A Puppet’s Tail, in which she regales us with her hilarious and very human stories. Cat Boccaccio stretches out this month with a longer piece, Devotion, in which she examines a frighteningly dysfunctional family. To the Disavowed is a remarkable piece by an equally remarkable writer, Drover Mahogany, who brilliantly describes the horrors of an out-of-control pandemic and the destruction it wreaks. Blossoms to Bees is a compelling romantic poem by long-time contributor, Consuela Hypatia Caldwell. Zati Kodaly’s talent as a writer shines through with her stunning poem, Orchid Fragment, which dazzles and delights. Enola Em sent us Go shortly before her passing, and we’re publishing it this month for your enjoyment. And closing out the October issue is a short ditty by a great talent, RoseDrop Rust, titled Ambition. We hope you enjoy reading this month’s issue as much as we enjoyed publishing it.