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Clackamas Literary Review - 2005

Clackamas Literary Review, a yearly glossy out of Oregon, features accomplished, edgy work that approaches difficult subjects with verve. Mir Emampoor’s short fiction piece, “The Snake,” elegantly and poignantly tells the story of a young man struggling with doubt, faith and the influence of friends during Ramadan. Two extraordinary poems were “Rapunzel’s Hair” by Dawn Newton, which deals with a woman’s miscarriage, and “Hex” by Jeff Walt, a dark and fascinating work which ends with: “My worried parents discussed my behavior with the priest / …I sat silent the way evil does / before an attack-quiet until he was frightened enough to ask, Are you there, / son? Of course, I didn’t answer…Like all good evil I was willing to sit patiently in that dark box / as long as I had to, determined, certain I was ready to kill.” Kudos for brave editing that showcases authors willing to break out of “safe” writing molds to produce something truly original. I’m looking forward to seeing more from this magazine. [Clackamas Literary Review,19600 S. Molalla Avenue, Oregon City, OR 97045. E-mail: . Single issue $10.] – Jeannine Hall Gailey
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Review Posted on May 31, 2005

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