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298.4 Fall Issue 2013

298.4 Fall Issue 2013

298.4 Fall Issue 2013 Cover

Greetings, faithful readers. We usually honor US racial or ethnic heritage celebrations in each issue, and this time we are celebrating Native Heritage Month by featuring the poems of Adrian C. Louis (Lovelock Paiute) and Natalia Toledo (Zapotec). Also in her Paeans column this issue, editor Anne Drolet reviews a book of history and stories by Susan Bordeaux Bettelyoun and Josephine Waggoner (Lakota). In this vein, we’re also glad to publish a poem by Brian Swann, who, although not a Native himself, has done much for Native American literature.

We are also celebrating the military vis-à-vis Veterans Day (USA) and Remembrance Day (Canada) by reviewing four books of poems by vets in Vince Gotera’s Synecdoche column. In addition, Grant Tracey in his Crosscuts column reviews the Granddaddy of all returning-vet movies, The Best Years of our Lives, which won eight Oscars in 1946. Moreover, Brian Hyer’s gritty short story, “I Thought You Might Want to Hear About it,” focuses on problems of returning veterans.

Art

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Cat and Mouse [pastel on paper] • Gary Kelley

Untitled [ink and digital] • Clay Rodery

Shelter [oil on board] • Ethan Bifano

Untitled [ink and digital] • Jeannie Phan

Digital Love & Heartbreak [gouache and paint marker] • Justin Perkins

Poetry

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Topwater • Sara McWhorter

Where I’m From • Elizabeth Tornes

Crawl Space • Chris Joyner

On Duty • Jude Brancheau

Obituary • Allen Braden

Ghost Dogs • Adrian C. Louis

Sex Education • Michael Gessner

Explanation Adrian Blevins

Unrepentant Prayer • Grace Bauer

Estate Sale • Mitchell Untch

This Word Has No Word For It • Bruce McRae

Looking for Whitman Lauren Schmidt

At the Zoo • Danielle Cadena Deulen

Ancient Aliens • Richard Katrovas

My Grandmother’s Prosthetic Breast • Linwood Rumney

How the West Was Won • George Kalamaras

On Plumbing Following a Divorce • Ed Coletti

Montana: No Wind • Brian Larsen

Water Music • Daniel Lusk

Pale Blue Dot Martha Silano

Badudxaapa’ cubi • Natalia Toledo

Novia nueva Natalia Toledo / translated by Natalia Toledo

New Bride • Natalia Toledo / translated by Clare Sullivan

Another Friday After, More Silence from Adjoining Rooms • Gaylord Brewer

Oceanic • Brian Swann

In the Conservation Room • Craig Beaven

The Newest Butcher • Lindsay Stuart Hill

Friday Morning • Jody Bolz

Rare Forms of Exit • Justin Jannise

Reviews

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Miscellany

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From the Editors • NAR Staffers Out in the World

Contributors

Annual Index • Volume 298 • 2013

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