The Island

The Island

Owen watched Aubrey press her palm into a thick patch of speckled moss girdling the trunk of an old Douglas fir. The move was gentle and precise, how a mime might seek an invisible wall, and he couldn’t help but imagine her locked up in some dark basement, kidnapped, as he suspected she’d been as a child. read more
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Does Yours Have a Heart, Too?

Once there was a person who was tasked with reducing a mountain into a flat plain. For a shopping mall. For a housing development. For a prairie. For the gemstones within. They moved their family to a new home at the base of the mountain, which was tall enough to keep...

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Some Words About Proverbs

I’ve played my part as tourist in the Netherlands. In Amsterdam, I skipped out of the way of ring-chiming bicycles. I drank Amstel beer under an awning while an afternoon rain dotted the surface water of the Singel canal. read more

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Two Poems

Two Poems

DAVID LEHMAN is the author of Yeshiva Boys (2009), When a Woman Loves a Man (2005), The Evening Sun (2002), The Daily Mirror: A Journal in Poetry (1998), and other books. read more
Somehow Whole

Somehow Whole

All I found of our granddaughter, Josie, was one of her pink jelly sandals, the stick she’d chewed her lollipop free of, and a strand of yellow hair. read more
Why Write? #26: Marla Cinilia

Why Write? #26: Marla Cinilia

    I write to return home. I write because I’ve been away a long time, but that doesn’t excuse my forgetting. I write to memorize by sight the difference between a hawk and a turkey vulture, to remember that while both birds coast on invisible currents of...

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The Futility of Biography

The Futility of Biography

DENISE DUHAMEL is a former contributor to GMR and the author, most recently, of Blowout  (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013). She is a professor at Florida International University in Miami. read more
Review of Her Familiars by Jane Satterfield

Review of Her Familiars by Jane Satterfield

Satterfield’s received forms, neat as needlepoint, do not shy away from discussing topics including emigration, colonialism, and the enormity of torture and bombings. She also manages to address the random shuffling of an iTunes playlist in a long poem on early American history. read more
Little Dancer Aged Fourteen

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen

I can’t explain it, but suddenly I imagined this poor boy on the table before me back in Highland Park, and we had reached the stage in the embalming process where I was suturing his mouth closed—threading the needle into the jaw then up into one nostril and septum then down into the other nostril and back into the mouth . . . read more
Why Write #25: Gary Lenhart

Why Write #25: Gary Lenhart

In college I made two large, seemingly contradictory, poetic discoveries—T.S. Eliot and the New American Poetry anthology edited by Donald Allen. While most of my poet friends discovered through the latter how to escape the influence of the former, I was unsophisticated enough to try to absorb it all simultaneously.  read more
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