302.2 Spring Issue 2017

302.2 Spring Issue 2017

COVER, PANTS ON FIRE, GARY KELLEY

As a quarterly publication, the North American Review can rarely be topical. Back in October 2015, when we began planning this issue’s section on Arab American Poetry, guest edited by the editors of Mizna, we could have predicted neither the election of our current president nor his executive order commonly referred to as the Muslim ban. The poems presented here by Lana Barkawi and Moheb Soliman may not be explicitly political, but they resonate more loudly and vitally than ever given the backlash of Islamophobic isolationism in the US. The vocal response from the millions of Americans in solidarity with immigrants and in resistance to a policy based on hate and fear—from demonstrations at airports to rallies in towns and cities across the country—has been somewhat heartening in a time when hearts have suffered. For years the NAR has stood in a similar spirit for diversity in art and literature. The current political climate only bolsters our resolve and confirms our conviction that as citizens, as people, as artists, we are empowered when we listen to and promote the many different voices ringing soundly around and among us.      —JDS & GT

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Pants on Fire [mixed media] • Gary Kelley

A Great Fire [ink] • Eric Piatkowski

Shell Game [ink and brush, Micron pen and digital coloring] • Jared Rogness

F I C T I O N

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A Fire to Make Things Right • Annie Shepherd 

The Empty Shell: Heart Mountain, 1942 • Sharon Hashimoto 

N O N F I C T I O N

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Thistle • Cynthia Brandon-Slocum

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Black Boy • Jordan Franklin

Visitation on a Red Line Train • James Crews 

Back in CaptivityChrista Romanosky

Cunnilingus • Erika Brumett

My Love Is to Me as Water in the Desert • Sheila Sanderson

Strike • Leonard Kress

When God Wore Seersucker • CR Callahan

Instead • Nick Bertelson 

Geographic Tongue Jennifer Militello

I, Beast Susanna Lang

Time Was • John Hodgen

There were Two Unanswered Voicemails from You Carlos Andrés Gómez

Ways to Kill a Bird • Vicky Santiesteban

Reincarnation • Jenny Burkholder

Ponytail Ode Rochelle Hurt

Is There Anything on Your Person that can be Used as a Weapon? • Mark Wagenaar

InfestationMeghann Plunkett

Poland, 1916 • Ryan Teitman

Sonnet with My Father as Richard Burton • Ryan Teitman 

New Age Lament • Sparrow

Not the Thing but a Fossil of the ThingRebecca Foust

Blossom Alex Simand

Moving MenJohn Warner Smith 

nails and wings • Betsy Johnson-Miller 

The System WorksGary Dop

A Waiting Room in Kuwait • Danielle Sellers

Christmas in Knoxville • Luke Marinacw 

Through the Rain  Ciara Shuttleworth 

Gift Tower Martha Silano

I’m like a story someone toldPeter Grandbois

Bones • Kelly Dolejsi

Line • Jess Williard

In James Blake Sr.’s House at the Corner of Broad Street and MarshallGeoffrey Babbitt

Prometheus and Pandora Timothy Dailey-Valdés

Soldier-AntsPhilip Dacey

I’ve started naming the landscape: sweetLauren Camp

Arab American Poetry • Guest edited by Mizna

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Introduction to Arab American Poetry • Lana Barkawi & Moheb Soliman

Self-Portrait as SisterHala Alyan

The Socratic Method • Hala Alyan

Stone MachineGlenn Shaheen

Crystal Den • Glenn Shaheen

Patton • Glenn Shaheen

The Night the Dog Died Hayan Charara

With Time You Will Understand • Hayan Charara

The Other Woman • Hayan Charara

The Domestic Life • Hayan Charara

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Crosscuts: Brief DVD Reviews • Grant Tracey

Synecdoche: Brief Book ReviewsRachel Morgan

Vietnam Redux? [Past Perfect]Perry Glasser

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