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West Branch – Fall/Winter 2004

There is only one word for this journal: superb. This fall/winter issue features a dazzling array of top-notch poetry that includes Matt Zambito’s “The Word on the Street,” John Surowiecki’s “Imaginary Seascape with Literary Orphans” who “dream of making sail / for some island where they’ll find no word / for themselves and where the most valuable gift / anyone can give them is indifference,” Nancy Van Winckel’s “The Very Monday,” and many, many others. There is only one word for this journal: superb. This fall/winter issue features a dazzling array of top-notch poetry that includes Matt Zambito’s “The Word on the Street,” John Surowiecki’s “Imaginary Seascape with Literary Orphans” who “dream of making sail / for some island where they’ll find no word / for themselves and where the most valuable gift / anyone can give them is indifference,” Nancy Van Winckel’s “The Very Monday,” and many, many others. The fiction sparkles as well, and stories such as Sean Bernard’s “Targets” and Marjorie Hudson’s “Self-Portrait in Camouflage,” are so beautifully complex they defy simple synopsis. It’s no surprise that most of the magazine’s contributors are well-seasoned enough to have published at least one book. West Branch has been published bi-annually at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University since 1977. That’s over 25 years of continuous existence. It’s easy to see why this terrific magazine been so long-lived. [West Branch, Bucknell Hall, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837. E-mail: [email protected] Single issue $6. www.bucknell.edu/westbranch] – KL

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