The Mother Who Says Yes to the Sword
O has-been mother of the free-flowing booze
& handy diet pills,
You cashed me in—a cool sacrifice: to jump-
Start your floundering career,
A Simple Question
One cannot prepare for slaughter.
Last month, a cognition test for your son:
Does a rock float in water?
In the San Francisco
of my twenties, we were like trees
pressed against each other, larger
than what we longed for.
More Things I Would Tell You
I join a bereavement group
But I last for one session
Marriages over fifty years
Long battle with cancer
I am the only one
Who isn’t crying
Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Neil Shepard Prize
Neil Shepard Prize in Fiction Judged by Molly Antopol Prize Winner: Sharon White Finalists: Daniel Riordan Sharon White Katrin Gibb Neil Shepard Prize in Nonfiction Judged by Amy Fusselman Prize Winner: Harry Leeds Finalists: Caroline Sutton Annie Dawid Harry Leeds...
Green Mountains Review Vol. 28, No. 2
Fall 2015 (Vol. 28, No. 2) FICTION: (2015 Neil Shepard Prize Winner) Sharon White, Nat Schmookler, Brooks Sterritt, Janis Hubschman, Anna Maria Hong, Maurice Carlos Ruffin POETRY: (2015 Neil Shepard Prize Winner) Annie Christain, J. Allyn Rosser, Joel Brouwer, Erin...
A Review of Noy Holland’s Bird
At their best, books are not just books but experiences that summon us back into a distant memory of ourselves and our parents. Noy Holland has accomplished this with Bird, to be released in November by Counterpoint Press.
The Places I Couldn’t Go
My good girl and me was happy as goldfish till she got pregnant. She would handle it. We agreed.
Liz Powell Wins the 2015 Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry
Hearty and well-deserved congratulations to Elizabeth A. Powell! She is the winner of the 2015 Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry judged by Maureen Seaton.
MAYBE YOUR EAST VILLAGE WAS BETTER THAN MINE: A BRAIDED POEM
You had Hair on Broadway with naked actors/
while we had the tame movie version/
A Review of Ryan W. Bradley’s Winterswim
This book has the look and feel of a novel written for teenagers and subsequent movie adaptation.
A Review of Blake Kimzey’s Families Among Us
Quirk is hard to do well. Magic realism and absurdist tropes can (and often do) serve as tools to avoid the exploration necessary to get inside characters’ heads.