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297.2 Spring Issue 2012

297.2 Spring Issue 2012

297.2 Spring Issue 2012

Want to go on a scavenger hunt? Of course, it will be a poetry-themed scavenger hunt because this is our annual poetry issue. Okay, here goes. Find: (1) a double abecedarian; (2) a very loose villanelle; (3) a Clarian sonnet; (4) a poem about Emmett Till; (5) paired poems emulating Richard Hugo’s letter-and-dream pattern; (6) a multiple-choice exam; (7) an epistolary poem; and (8) a poetry-book giveaway. Also we’re proud to publish this year’s winners, honorable mentions, and finalists in our Hearst Poetry Prize, and also note that the first place winner is a person of color. As always, we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with poems by Angel Fugimoto-Meagh, Ira Sukrungruang, and Jane Wong, as well as notices of Asian American DVDs and books in our review columns.

We always have difficulty getting writers to send us funny work. This issue, we’re lucky to have a humorous poem spoken by King Kong, another about stopping to pee at the Walt Whitman Service Center, a tongue-in-cheek “personality test,” and an irreverent catalogue poem containing the line, “Kangaroos without the hop. Vesuvius without its top.”

This issue’s fiction looks at the schism between perception and reality, memory and the possibly imagined. David Harris Ebenbach’s “The Escape Artist” centers in part on the generational conflict between mother and son. It is a story with a wonderfully comic undertone. Mark Beaver’s “The Taj” captures the grit and dreams of working class life.

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Emily [pastel] • Gary Kelly 

Untitled [digital collage] • Marty Gotera

Untitled [pen and ink] • Jared Rogness

Untitled [pen and ink] Joanna Barnum

Untitled [pen and ink] • Jess Fink

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The TajMark Beaver

The LuckyGabriel Necochea

The Escape ArtistDavid Harris Ebenbach

Blue Chalk Peter Stine

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Mississippi PastoralAnsel Elkins

Gratitude for an Autistic SonRebecca Foust

King Kong Explains Himself at His 25th High School ReunionMichael Derrick Hudson

Washington Square ParkAngelo Nikolopoulos

On the New Jersey Turnpike, I Stopped to Pee at the Walt Whitman Service Center near CamdenHarry Waitzman

All of the AboveJack Cooper

EpistemologyScott Lowery

A History of CrocusesArthur McMaster

RutabagaSusan Elbe

Lizard Mother Angel Fujimoto-Meagh

The Transit of VenusRobin Shectman Richstone

Toward a Midwest TongueMark Wagenaar

The Transmigration of SoulJohn Kearns

Don’t Have a CowCharles Cessna

An African American Step ShowAlexandra Pajak

Moon Seen Through a TelescopeHope Coulter

The War Reporter Paul Watson Hears the VoiceDan O’Brien

A Sleepwalk Waltzer Like YouJohn Rybicki

Around HereSteve Langan

AtticAnn Hudson

Mortuus LinguaKaren Carissimo

The Ladder to the AtticK. Griffith

At the Corner of Broadway and 105thNeil Shepard

The Last AlchemistMichael Kriesel

PerspectiveTodd Davis

EpistemologyJames Wooden

Coppélia in the MetropolisJay Rogoff

Having Been Outside the BodySandy Longhorn

Petite poupée sur commandeLeslie Adrienne Miller

Without Jeff Tigchelaar

CultivarDamon McLaughlin

Sound PictureJody Bolz

He Raptured Them on a Sunday at the Gospel ChurchThomas Courtney Vance

BreakageJane Wong

Holy WeekR. A. Pavoldi

Letter to Mazzeo from SyracuseIra Sukrungruang

During a Nap I Meet Richard HugoIra Sukrungruang

Miscellany

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