Two Poems

Two Poems

A room of solitude, the world. / Out the window huffs of wind / do what they can to enunciate. You listen / like a monk. A votive hula flame.

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After the Shipwreck: A Review of SIREN by Kateri Lanthier

“I sing these songs all through the dark, after everyone’s left.” The myth of the sirens has been used throughout history, to shame women or empower them, but always to warn men—women too can be dangerous. Their songs shipwrecked men, or lulled them into a vulnerable sleep, in some myths the sirens were even sent to find Persephone who had disappeared into the underworld. Kateri Lanthier’s second collection Siren, is as many-layered and multi-faceted as the myth of the sirens.

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Five Stories

I worked in media monitoring for a long time. I’m talking over a decade. Ten years and two months to be exact. Boy did I know my way around media monitoring. It’s an international environment so we were gang-raping the English language every conference room we went into.

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Two Poems

The clergy raise / their gooseneck / arms to the God / wouldn’t soften / the steel of bayonets / while the dust clouds

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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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GMR Turns 25!

  We're thrilled to announce our upcoming 25th Anniversary Retrospective issue, out later this spring.  This issue will celebrate the very best poetry, interviews, and essays on poetry from the magazine’s first quarter-century. We’ll also have a special “Talk Back”...

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Why Write? #10: Vanessa Blakeslee

Why Write? #10: Vanessa Blakeslee

Fiction writer Vanessa Blakeslee's "Hospice of the Au Pair," from our Fall 2010 issue, introduces a powerful new voice in fiction. Here is the rare early writer who knows how to build compelling narrative, whose stories hit the ground running -- driven forth always by...

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Why Write? #9:  Anselm Berrigan

Why Write? #9: Anselm Berrigan

Anselm Berrigan digs irrelevance.  His most recent book, Notes from Irrelevance (Wave Books, 2011), excerpted at length in our spring 2011 issue, is a sixty-five page poem that grinds its way into that space where we become irrelevant even to ourselves, our desires...

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Why Write? #8: Jacob Paul

Why Write? #8: Jacob Paul

Novelist Jacob Paul's narrative gusto makes it easy to forget that he is essentially a meditative writer. Even as we're sped along by the meaty plot, exuberant comedy, and crackling dialogue, Paul's fluidly reflexive prose cycles us deeper and deeper into what can...

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Why Write? #7:  Tony Magistrale

Why Write? #7: Tony Magistrale

A poet of place and love, Tony Magistrale's poems have large arms in which to envelope his readers. The force of this love is sometimes poignant sometimes painful, but always just right. A poet with backbone and a real heart, now that's nice.   Why Write? The fine...

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Why Write? #6:  Laird Hunt

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

Why Write #5: Matt Bialer

For our our fifth installment of "Why Write?" we hear from poet, photographer, painter, literary agent, and father Matt Bialer, who's spent an enormous amount of time not writing -- happily, it seems -- but also an enormous time, we suspect, contemplating this...

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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...

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