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Stray Dog - 2004

With edgy poetry and quirky short shorts, Stray Dog is fun—really, really fun. This issue starts off with a prose poem—usually not the first selection in a journal—about a man writing prose poems. Michael Cocchiarale’s short short, “Other Side of the Bed,” is wildly entertaining, describing a man looking over his wife’s side of the bed for the first time in thirty years and discovering another man—and his apartment. My favorite piece, Robert Roley’s “No One Shall Swim Alone,” frankly shocks me: “I am swimming alone. I should not be doing so. Behind me there is nothing but water. To my right and left there is nothing but water. Ahead of me there is nothing but water. It is an inconvenient time to stop swimming.” If you’re looking for writing with a little bite, you can’t go wrong with Stray Dog. [Stray Dog, P.O. Box 713, Amawalk, NY 10501. E-mail: . Single issue $6.] – DM
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Review Posted on December 31, 2004

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