Bolger was not a friend of mine, but we had known each other for over twenty years, starting when he was married to his first wife and I was married to my only wife. read more

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Your mother dies. Your family members kneel around her bed in the living room, the hospice nurses in the background. You envision this scene as an oil painting by Poussin, Botticelli. Woman at Rest. People say that when a person expires, their spirit can be sensed in the room. You feel nothing. read more

Review of GATEWAY TO PARADISE by Matthew Vollmer

‘What is Paradise?’ Matthew Vollmer’s unified story collection, Gateway to Paradise begs to explore. With symbols and motifs dating back to Eden, Vollmer aptly juxtaposes verdant beauty with the garish, honky-tonk nature of tourism, thus creating a complex emotional terrain that vacillates between absurdly funny and deeply disturbing as his characters encounter desire. read more


I get lucky in Virginia and slip through the open window of a Winnebago waiting at a Hardee’s drive-through. A large male human in his mid-sixties drives through the night listening to conspiracy radio. read more

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Why Write? #3: Ben Aleshire

Our third installment of our Why Write? guest blogger series brings us Ben Aleshire, who typed up the below and mailed it to us from France.  One cannot emphasize enough the pleasure of receiving a typed note from France, the letters rattled loose on the page, about...

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Why Write? #2: Stephen Dunn

Welcome to the second installment in our "Why Write?" guest blogger series, in which GMR contributors very generously attempt to unravel for us why they do what they do.  Daryl Scroggins kicked off the series last month, and we're pleased now to present poet Stephen...

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Why Write? #1: Daryl Scroggins

Welcome to our new guest blogger series "Why Write?," in which we harry some of GMR's contributors with that old question -- damnably obtuse, damnably pointed -- Why do you write? Future guest bloggers will include Stephen Dunn, Norman Lock, Tony Magistrale, Laird...

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David Huddle on Becoming a Writer

David Huddle, a frequent contributor to GMR, has a lovely essay up at 1rst Books:  Stories of How Writers Get Started in which he reflects on his beginnings as poet: Poetry is so intimidating that I spent years sidling up to it. . . .  Poetry was a big rich family at...

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Our New Issue Is Here!

The 2011 Spring/Summer issue is here, and it's big -- bursting with an eclectic mash-up of poetry, translation, fiction, nonfiction, book reviews, and art.  Contributors include Sherman Alexie, Anselm Berrigan, Marge Piercy, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Ilya Kaminsky, Josip...

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