Review of SAUL STORIES by Elizabeth Ellen

Review of SAUL STORIES by Elizabeth Ellen

This is a tough book to review, because it takes a disparaging tone from the get-go towards the traditional ways people try to identify with narratives and interpret them. After quoting an agent who wrote to Elizabeth Ellen that they couldn’t determine the collection’s stakes, the dust jacket adds, “Saul Stories, in the spirit of films such as Gummo and Trash Humpers, has no obvious stakes.”

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Some mornings at my office in Midtown, / post-9/11, shopping bags appeared / on my desk. In them, four-inch Louboutins, / a vintage bomber, Japanese stationary,

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Diving

I keep coming back to the night we found out about the twins. Michael and I had been married for ten years at the time. Clare would have just been turning five. Michael had been called in before, but never for anything like this. Our community hadn’t faced this kind of tragedy since that boy had gone missing in ’87, but then, he was never found, and anyway, that was before Michael started diving.

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Green Mountains Review, based at Northern Vermont University, is an annual, award-winning literary magazine publishing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, literary essays, interviews, and book reviews by both well-known writers and promising newcomers.

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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.

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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 wind, the...

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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.

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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 . . .

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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. 

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It’s Good To Be King

It’s Good To Be King

WILLIAM TROWBRIDGE‘s Put This On, Please: New and Selected Poems will be published by Red Hen Press in March. His other collections are Ship of Fool, The Complete Book of Kong, Flickers, O Paradise, and Enter Dark Stranger.

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