Volume 106, Number 3/4

Volume 106, Number 3/4

pl10634-lg There have been tornadoes before, and floods—that’s the important thing.
Just be careful to make sure you don’t let yourself wonder
why all these record-breaking events are happening in such proximity….

—Bill McKibben

Cover Caption: Oklahoma cyclone, 1898. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Washington DC.

This issue is sold out. Please e-mail Managing Editor Laureen Schipsi for research requests.


Margaret Randall [from] Horizon

Kathy Engel My Daughter’s Convinced

Phoebe Reeves Downwinders

Robert Bense Reticence of the Elms

Jane Shore Snow Globes

Charles Jensen The Year of Living Dangerously

Naomi Shihab Nye Storyteller

Patricia Fargnoli I Cast a Net over Memory’s Sullen Waters

Jen Dempsey Five Hundred Crows

Oliver Rice Annotations for a People’s History

Hedy Habra On the Sargasso Sea

Tim Mayo Constant Replay

Lisa Ericson Sheets

Claudia Gary Refugees

James E. Cherry Hijab

Laura-Gray Street The Way War Ends

Phillip Sterling The Fifth Partition

Jim Richards Childhood is a Small Country

Tara Skurtu The Amoeba Game

Lance Nizami Winter, Des Plaines, Illinois

Sally Molini Staying with Astronomers

Jacques J. Rancourt Shank

Patricia Fargnoli When Will the Cows Come Home?

Jackie Bartley Bungalow

Barbara Saunier Foreclosure

Michelle Brittan Contemporary Artifacts

Michelle Brittan Portrait of His Ex-Lover at a Yoga Class, Downtown Fresno

Robert Bense Time and Talk at Sixth and Broadway

Chris Haven Custody

Michael Salcman The Duke of Flatbush

Elizabeth Crowell Preposition Mountain

Karina Borowicz Saw

Harry L. Turner The Sawman

Adam McGraw Scrip

Holly Guran Two-Cent Bridge

Judith Vollmer January Work

Susan Whitmore The Snowman

Sally Lipton Derringer Kiss

Sally Lipton Derringer Devoted Interior

Teresa M. Blackmon Seasons

James Magorian A Treatise on Rivers

Hilary Sideris Da Vinci

Russell Brakefield [from] The Anatomy

Bruce Cohen American Zen

Kristin Camitta Zimet Delivery

Rachel Mennies My Sister the Diviner

Deborah Paredez Fortune

Deborah Paredez Crape Myrtle, 1943

Holly Guran Resilient

Wanda Coleman Night Coffee

Hilary Sideris Miss Moore

Dmitry Berenson Lakeview Terrace

Jacques J. Rancourt Avoidance

Anastasia Andersen Some kind of eulogy.  He was not

Jack Powers Cemetery Ride

Jeff Friedman Horse

Rachel Mennies The Joke

Hunt Hawkins Getting the Movie

Darlene Pagán The Reel

Jay Griswold Wait

Kurt Steinwand Light Pole No. 69

Anthony Opal Denver

Adrienne Wolfert Street Lamp

John Randolph Carter Bongos Deluxe

Lee Rossi To the Blackout of ’69, Ithaca, New York

Charles Jensen Moratoria

Robert M. Chute Nostalgia: Life Relived

Ann Hostetler Too Much for Words

Calvin Forbes Horace Silver at the Famous Ballroom

Anthony Opal This Morning at the Library

Linda Pastan And Evening

J.T. Ledbetter A Slow Winter Rain

giovanni singleton day 16

giovanni singleton day 37

Kurt Olsson Trespasses


Poets Introducing Poets

Brenda Marie Osbey introduces M’Bilia Meekers
To the French Men


Stackolina’s First Communion

Louis Congo to a Man on the Wheel

Louis Congo in Love

Louis Congo’s Bride

The Passion of Louis Congo

Louis Congo’s Wife

On Sweets



“Anglo-Saxon Latitudes” by Nan Fry



Merrill Leffler reviews The Gathering of the Elders by Wesli Court (Lewis Turco), Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki by Tony Barnstone, Stateside by Jehanne Dubrow, and Heterotopia by Lesley Wheeler

Heddy Reid reviews The Book of Seventy by Alicia Suskin Ostriker

Debra Wierenga reviews Words We Might One Day Say by Holly Karapetkova and Traveling Light: Poems by Linda Pastan