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296.4 Fall Issue 2011

296.4 Fall Issue 2011

296.4 Fall Issue 2011 Cover

A few years ago, a reader wrote a complaint letter about our saying “Cowabunga!” here. It was summer and the surf was up even though we live in the Midwest. Back then, we vowed never to say “Cowabunga” again. Here. But art, in part, is finding the contrary moment within the expected emotion or response. As the Midwestern leaves sail into the sky this fall, we think about US Army paratroopers yelling “Airborne” as they jump. At the same time, some soldiers say, “Only bird shit and Airborne fall out of the sky.” So, in the spirit of transgression, we say   . . . COWABUNGA!

This month’s fiction is full of contrary impulses. Marc Dickinson’s anti-Hallmark Christmas story features a father struggling with personal demons and bouts of aggression; Vicky Mylniec explores the defamiliarized dynamics of a mother-daughter relationship, in which the youngster is encouraged to steal.

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, celebrated in the US in November, we also offer poems by Anita Endrezze (Yaqui) and Allison Adelle Hedge Coke (Huron/Cherokee/Creek/Métis).

We’re launching a quarterly podcast, the “NAR Literary Roundtable,” where we talk about writing, the writing life, and specific pieces. Download the first episode from NorthAmericanReview.org or subscribe on iTunes. Please tell us what you think on our Facebook page at facebook.com/northamericanreview.

Enjoy the issue. Cowabunga, cowabunga, cowabunga!

Art

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The New Addiction [oil on canvas] • Gary Kelley (with apologies to Edgar Degas, “The Absinthe Drinker”)

Untitled [pencil] • Li-Ying Bao

Illustration for Bold as Can Be, a short story [graphite on paper] • Kim Behm

Anywhere But Iowa [mixed media] • Joanna Barnum

Untitled [digital collage] • Marty Gotera

Fiction

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Latent Image • Barry Targan

Bold as Can Be • Vicky Mlyniec

Anywhere But Iowa • Marc Dickinson

Skin Dreams • Kent Nelson

Nonfiction

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Poetry

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The First Human Cannonball • Gary Fincke

Island of the Deaf • Claudia Burbank

Karma • Stacia M. Fleegal

Indigo • Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Preserve • Brandon Krieg

The Beekeeper’s Daughter • Nadine Sabra Meyer

Packing Grapefruits • Lilly Deng

Thirteen Ways of Looking at an Indian • Anita Endrezze

Elegy for a Scarecrow • Cynthia Atkins

Direct Current • Janet McNally

Cataract Falls • Shari Wagner

Calling Westport • E. Tammy Kim

Delivering the Xmas Mail • Brian Swann

Recipes You Need • James Engelhardt

Reverence • Andrew Najberg

Climbing the Lighthouse • Faith Shearin

Making Camp • Leslie Adams

Going Onstage • David Wagoner

Reviews

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Telling Words • Robert L. King

Synecdoche: Brief Book Reviews • Vince Gotera

Crosscuts: Brief DVD Reviews • Grant Tracey

Miscellany

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From the Editors • NAR Staffers Out in the World

Contributors

Annual Index • Volume 296 • 2011

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