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Diner – Spring/Summer 2003

Diner serves poetry Fresh and hot, just the way you like it! This issue of “Diner” satisfied my craving for concrete, prose, and other experimental forms, while serving up some of the more traditional fare. (All right, I’m done with the diner jokes now.) Although generally I prefer more traditional syntax in my poetry, I found Karen Neuberg’s prose poem, “Persephone,” evocative, especially these lines:

Diner serves poetry Fresh and hot, just the way you like it! This issue of “Diner” satisfied my craving for concrete, prose, and other experimental forms, while serving up some of the more traditional fare. (All right, I’m done with the diner jokes now.) Although generally I prefer more traditional syntax in my poetry, I found Karen Neuberg’s prose poem, “Persephone,” evocative, especially these lines:

“Above the trees are died. The mountainous night holds thrall. He uncovers my heart. One swift tug I’m bare…Though I am sorry, I am more not. I am story. I am stalk, bud, flower, fruit—cycle arrive after my pleasures.”

Besides reviews and poems, this issue includes two “Blue Plate Specials” which are profiles of two writers, Gertrude Halstead and Dan Lewis. The bios in the back reveal a balance of new and experienced voices in the poetry. I’d say this Diner merits a return visit. (OK, now I’m done, seriously.) [Diner, PO Box 60676, Greendale Station, Worcester, MA 01606-2378. Single issue $9.95. www.spokenword.to/diner/] – JHG

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