Sestina

Sestina

I climbed another mountain and spat on a boulder / because climbing a mountain means nothing. To fish / from the middle of the stream, fresh catch flailing / breathlessly on the shore, gasping frivolous moonlight, / their widened eyes confused: that is my percussion
of temptation, the drum I’d rather follow through the rain

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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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Why Write? #16: Emilia Phillips

Why Write? #16: Emilia Phillips

Now, writing protects me from misdirection, boredom, and anxiety. I may explore those worst parts of my imagination, perhaps after Anthony Burgess’s idea that the writer’s “innate cowardice . . . makes him depute to imaginary personalities the sins that he is too cautious to commit for himself,” as well as establish ideals of my own.

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Moon

Moon

Today Cecile and I did yoga, then jogged as pilgrims in a 10K. We drank wine, the conversations moving to how she couldn’t believe I didn’t have a sex toy.

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in the white house

in the white house

MARK CONWAY has written two books of poetry, Dreaming Man, Face Down, and Any Holy City. These poems are from a new manuscript with the working title Fuse. Additional sections from in the white house appeared in The Iowa Review; one stanza is repeated in altered form.

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Mrs. Burnside

Mrs. Burnside

Steve Langan is the author of Meet Me at the Happy Bar, Notes on Exile and Other Poems, and Freezing. He lives in Omaha and on Cliff Island, Maine.

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