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Posted March 16, 2015

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  • Issue Number Volume 26
  • Published Date 2014
  • Publication Cycle Annual
Great art has a distinctive voice, one that draws the reader into story, into a narrative or a lyric, into a situation or moment. For the duration, the reader lives under the influence of that voice and consequently feels a sadness at the finish, upon leaving. If the voice is strong, well-crafted, fine-tuned, easy to sink into, without artifice, aware only of its purpose and the story, the reader will be left satisfied.
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  • Issue Number Issue 61
  • Published Date 2014
  • Publication Cycle Annual
A subtle, yet nearly palpable emotional experience awaits readers of Gargoyle 61. The nonfiction, poetry, and fiction elicit intense emotion, while at the same time balancing this emotion through tone, diction, and humor, leaving the reader moved but not overwhelmed.
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  • Issue Number Number 2
  • Published Date Fall/Winter 2014
  • Publication Cycle Biannual
Isthmus is a biannual publication of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry out of Seattle, Washington. All of the contributors to the 2014 Fall/Winter issue are well-published established writers who have created a commendable body of work, both individually and, here, collectively. At 100 pages, the journal makes for a compact and easy experience, readily providing many moments of enjoyment.
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  • Issue Number Issue 35
  • Published Date Spring 2015
  • Publication Cycle Quarterly online
Per Contra promises that readers will find contrast in the range of work they publish, from fiction to scholarly essays, and they deliver in their Spring 2015 issue. Variety isn’t limited to the types of genre they provide, but can be seen in the individual pieces within each genre as well. The fiction section varies from “Things We Do To Keep From Dying” by Dominica Phetteplace, which follows a woman reclaiming her life and safety after being raped as her fear centers on dogs in the days after the attack, to “Unfunny” by Stephen Delaney, in which a man’s flubbed joke leads him to the uncomfortable task of facing his faults. However, a few stories stuck out as sharing a common element: the relationship between mothers and daughters.
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  • Issue Number Number 39
  • Published Date Fall/Winter 2014-15
  • Publication Cycle Biannual
The current issue of Salamander is chock-full of human experience. One might think a large role of all literature is to capture such experience, and I believe this to be true, but the poems and stories in this issue provide experience in the purest way. Our lives are lived through fragments even though time feels linear. The work published in this issue show us fragmented living.
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  • Issue Number Volume 38 Number 2, Fall 2014
  • Published Date Fall 2014
  • Publication Cycle Biannual
The first issue of The Wallace Stevens Journal appeared in the spring of 1977 and has enjoyed regular quarterly publication ever since. This latest issue focuses on noted Stevens scholar Helen Vendler, who published her initial Stevens study On extended wings: Wallace Stevens' longer poems in 1969This was the first book of her criticism proper after trade publication of her PhD dissertation on Yeats in 1963, just of her many writings upon Stevens, demonstrating how central Stevens has been to her critical work as both reader and scholar of American poetry. Vendler's contribution to the world of Stevens readers as well as to all poetry readers is undeniably immense. She has published dozens of critical studies and edited several important popular anthologies. Yet as Bart Eeckhout's contribution here notes, "this special issue is not primarily a festschrift, however, but a scholarly attempt at continuing a critical dialogue along the lines of inspiration drawn by Vendler."
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