Two Poems

Two Poems

The NYT today says Haiti’s Baby Doc / Duvalier is dead. So that’s that— / another brutal dictator escapes without / paying his tab. It’s almost dusk / as a cloud a little darker than the others / leans down to kiss the grey sea.

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We want to believe that there is nothing natural about numbers. These ciphers are our perfect projections, whom we marshal and archive, in endless right angles. Though they have pores and spines, the tables we fashion for them are not carcasses or skeletons, not birds shorn of feathers and skin.

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This afternoon, Iris’s mother plans to swallow a pill that will dissolved her thyroid gland, cure her hyperactive metabolic disorder, and turn her, temporarily, radioactive. She will lift the white pill over her blushed lips and open her teeth so that the chalky capsule can dissolve in her arteries and turn her blue veins nuclear.

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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? #6: Laird Hunt

For this installment of Why Write?, novelist Laird Hunt goes global. Discussing his work with the UN; his summers in Hong Kong; the way the literary mind "bends" in Egypt, Nigeria, and elsewhere; Honda three-wheelers; Tycho Brahe; boilers; Rigborg Brockenhaus; Space...

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Why Write #5: Matt Bialer

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Why Write #4: Norman Lock

"In truth?  In truth, Lock writes it, Lish reads it!--which is a damn sight more than Lish will say for Proust."  So says Gordon Lish of this installment's guest blogger, the amphibious Norman Lock--endlessly innovative yet stylistically as muscular as they come.  The...

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New Issue Almost Here!

  Our 2011 winter issue ran a little late this year, but the wait's been worth it.  Weighing in at nearly 300 pages, Volume 24, no. 2 of GMR features poetry by Todd Boss, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Stephen Dunn, Bob Hicok, Major Jackson, Carl Phillips, Katherine Solomon,...

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GMR Offers Prizes in Poetry and Fiction!

We're very excited to open the New Year by offering prizes in both poetry and fiction:   First Prize in Poetry:  $500 Final Judge:  Todd Boss    First Prize in Short Fiction:  $500 Final Judge:  Noy Holland   Deadline: April 15, 2012 Winners will be published in our...

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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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