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Category: The Jukebox: Articles, Fiction & Poems.

Close to the Edge by Michael Fiorito

Holding a gun to my head, a kid with a black stocking over his face demands I hand over my cassette radio. The kid is flanked by another standing behind him, a stocking covering his head, too. My best friend Lan is only a few feet away.

I am fifteen; Lan is one year younger. …continue…

Adagietto By Jonathan Taylor

“I visited the elderly gentleman who called himself Dr. Gustav Mahler, of 22, Woodside Grove, Hanford, Stoke-on-Trent, only twice.”
So begins Jonathan Taylor’s remarkable short story of musical obsession—the first classical music fiction Coral Press has published. Enjoy.

jazzophelia, a poem by Vivian Holland


I love not a man

but a sound. I hear it in the back of Smalls

rocking with my rosé, tasting sevens

in the dark as it all grows redder and golder. …continue…

Mix the Old with the New, a poem by Bruce Alford

Mix the Old with the New

At the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, black

people joyfully bob their heads while Benita shouts

He’s awesome and holds out the microphone. …continue…

Coral Press Guide to Book/Record Stores

Wondering how to explore the combination of music and literature? Many bookstores offer a selection of records and CD’s that can provide a great soundtrack to your latest read, or sections of books on different artists and musical eras. Find a combined book/record store near you, and email info at to add your local store to our catalogue!
—Compiled by Mai Tran …continue…