Winter 2011-12 Archive

Matthew Thorburn

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Matthew Thorburn’s poem, “A Field of Dry Grass” appears in our Winter 2011-12 issue, guest edited by Alice Hoffman. “A Field of Dry Grass” opens with these lines: Hard to imagine Bashō died here in a rented room above a flower shop in 1694, as I pause today on

Nicholas Samaras

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Nicholas Samaras’ poem, “I Like to Live with Hermits,” appears in our Winter 2011-12 issue, guest edited by Alice Hoffman. “I Like to Live with Hermits” opens with these lines: Let me practice silence with you. You have an extra room in your hut and a wooden balcony overlooking

Marge Piercy

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Marge Piercy’s poems, “Baggage,” “The romantic getaway,” and  “The night has a long hairy pelt,” appear in our Winter 2011-12 issue, guest edited by Alice Hoffman. “Baggage” opens with these lines: It surprises me that immigrants brought rootstock of roses in their baggage. Scots roses, spinosissima, Eglanteria, the briar

Jennifer Militello

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Jennifer Militello’s poem, “Antidote with Placebo,” appears in Winter 2011-12 issue, guest edited by Alice Hoffman. “Antidote with Placebo” opens with these lines: Pit yourself against gutted ships, against the lips of those you love the least, against the hollows where quails spend their lives. Here, Militello describes her

Thomas Lee

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Thomas Lee’s story, “The Gospel of Blackbird,” appears in Winter 2011-12 issue, guest edited by Alice Hoffman. Lee was the 2011 Emerging Writers Contest winner. “The Gospel of Blackbird” opens with these lines: As John hurried to the resident locker room after doing his rounds as Columbia Presbyterian Hospital,

Rachel Kadish

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Rachel Kadish’s short story, “The Governess and the Tree,” appears in our Winter 2011-12 issue, guest edited by Alice Hoffman. “The Governess and the Tree” begins with these lines: Once, in the woods, a tree. Once in the woods there was a tree with the power to tell the

Joshua Howes

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Joshua Howes’ short story, “Run,” appears in our Winter 2011-12 issue, guest edited by Alice Hoffman. “Run” begins with these lines: This is a story about pretending. Imagine my father, a boy, not the old man who bought this shuttered house I have just cleaned out, here at the

William Giraldi

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William Giraldi’s short story, “Hold the Dark,” appears in our Winter 2011-12 issue, guest edited by Alice Hoffman. “Hold the Dark” opens with this passage: The wolves came down from the hills and carried away the children of Chinook. The village lay wedged into a horseshoe beneath those white

Maia Evrona

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Maia Evrona translated a poem by Anna Margolin called “The Years.” It appears in our Winter 2011-12 issue, guest edited by Alice Hoffman. “The Years” opens with this line: Like women who are loved to the fullest and are still unsatisfied, Here, Evrona chronicles her experience translating Margolin’s poem:

Kerry James Evans

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Kerry James Evan’s poem, “Blackbird,” appears in our Winter 2011-12 issue, which is guest edited by Alice Hoffman. “Blackbird” contains some powerful imagery and opens with this stanza: There are thirteen ways to look at a blackbird, but my backyard is not a blackbird, and I am not Wallace