Review of HEMMING FLAMES by Patricia Colleen Murphy

Review of HEMMING FLAMES by Patricia Colleen Murphy

Patricia Colleen Murphy’s first collection, Hemming Flames, is an intricate and intimate portrait of family, struggle, grief, guilt, and moving through it all. It’s a book about feeling strange—not part of the family you were born into, and not really part of yourself—with the body you were born into. It’s a book about trying to find shreds of certainty, and about trying, period.

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“Eden” by Tariq Thomas won the Youth Poetry, Prose and Pizza Slam hosted by the Brattleboro Literary Festival. Green Mountains Review is proud to publish Tariq’s poem. Congrats, Tariq!

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Easy Wonder

My love, we floated for hours / In kayaks, side by side, scarcely dipping our paddles. / No motors allowed here, no soul in any / Of the southerly shore’s three other cabins.

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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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Two Poems

Two Poems

MELISSA BRODER is the author of two collections of poems, most recently Meat Heart (Publishing Genius, 2012). Poems appear or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, Guernica, FENCE, The Missouri Review, Drunken Boat, et al.

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Why Write? #21: Coley Gallagher

Why Write? #21: Coley Gallagher

I write for attention. I so wanted a purer, nobler, more literary reason–possession by an inextinguishable artistic fire, that I would combust were it not for my beloved words, the melodic sentence, my lifeblood. Not me.

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Review of  Earth Again by Chris Dombrowksi

Review of Earth Again by Chris Dombrowksi

In the end, this speaker acknowledges that survival on this earth might mean simply wishing a dead child “more earth, in the bluntest of terms: another stolen swig of whiskey / brief as a July snow, another hard tumble on his board, another / fuck, another hummingbird” (“Comes To Worse”).

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Why Write? #20: Matthew Lippman

Why Write? #20: Matthew Lippman

On the day after the bombings, the day after Patriot’s Day, I walked into my classroom and tried to figure out the impossible: what to teach, explain, do—just do—with my students. I did what I knew in my heart: I gave my students room to moan it, whatever that it was.

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A Knight in Shining Armor

A Knight in Shining Armor

With unheard of levity, Alexei Alexeevich was willing to sacrifice himself for Faith, Tsar, and Fatherland, something he proved in 1914, at the beginning of the German War, by throwing himself with the yell of “For the Motherland!” down into the street out of a third story window.

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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, and edits The Best American Poetry series.

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