This Is The Drill

This Is The Drill

You turn off the lights. You shut and lock the doors. If there are windows, you herd your students to a corner where they can’t be seen from the windows. You tell them it’s important they stay still. You tell them it’s important they stay silent. You use the tone of voice you reserve for only the most serious things. The tone of voice you once used with your own children when you told them never to shoot up. You only have one life, you once said, don’t throw it away.

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The Birds

Human beings ought to emulate the birds. / Every millisecond on TV is a birdbrained lie. / And I love TV very much so I can say it. / A soothing mixture, pain and plenty.

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Diving

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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Two Poems

Two Poems

I remember running into a tenement building, / up to the second floor, then looking out a hall window / where my friends were doing the duck walk

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Announcing the Winners and Finalists of the 2017 Neil Shepard Prize in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

Announcing the Winners and Finalists of the 2017 Neil Shepard Prize in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

Green Mountains Review is pleased to announce the winners and finalists of the 2017 Neil Shepard Prize in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry! The winners will receive $500 and their work will be featured in our next print issue, 30.1, released in February 2018. The finalists will be published in GMR Online. Congratulations to our winners and finalists!

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White Texans

White Texans

Louis Offer, formerly Ortega, crossed the border near the rattlesnake hills outside of Rio Grande City. Within a year he’d set himself up as a customizer in a body shop on Spaulding Avenue, his specialty the crafting of hearses from platforms that normally did not ship out as hearses, Jeep Grand Cherokees for example.

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