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Two Poems

Two Poems

dear editors would you like meto tell youabout black painif you wanti can show youmy father’smy mother’smy baby brother’smy dead brother’stooand...

What We Knew (The South, c. 1918)

What We Knew (The South, c. 1918)

THESE ARE THE EARLIEST THINGS WE KNEW: RUNNING BAREFOOT ON WHITE Florida sand and red Alabama clay. Sleeping beneath hairy oaks and climbing when we pleased. Clothes was rags and we hardly had shoes, but it was hot most the time…

SAMO

SAMO

And then, America wore kente cloth and took a knee,said it was starting a conversation. And then, America sent Mexico an(other) ultimatum,assured...

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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Notes on the Cinema of Depreciation

Notes on the Cinema of Depreciation

I’m sorry I stabbed Vann Marsden in the eye. It’s terrible that his wife had to die in the aftermath. The fact that she was already ill and couldn’t take the strain doesn’t alter my sadness over her passing, but when a director takes all the movies you love and remakes them as stark, near silent catalogs of gestures, the critic has to respond.

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Three Poems

Three Poems

The languor, the drive, the traffic, the parking,/the walking blocks to public beach access,/down past an atilt row of porta-potties,

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Seeking Shelter

Seeking Shelter

Though the library was closed, the lights had briefly blazed on, and she guessed Baker had broken in again. When Susan rushed through the front door and saw Baker, she grabbed the desk phone and shouted that she was dialing 911. Baker then fled through the side door. Then Susan called me, the librarian of this one-room rural Vermont library.

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