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Prairie Schooner - Winter 2003

The winter issue of Prairie Schooner contains poetry, stories, and reviews, sprinkled with the names of literary stars like R.T. Smith and Alice Ostriker and some new voices as well. Particularly charming were Alice Friman’s imaginings on the biblical character Ruth in “Remembering in Lilac and Heart-Shaped Leaves,” and Annette Sanford’s story, “Spring ’41,” about a young girl whose beloved aunt comes to live with her in a conservative town – bringing an illegitimate baby with her. I also liked Steve Langan’s poem, “Apricots,” a sensual homage to William Carlos Williams’ “This is Just to Say.” Here are a few lines from Langan’s poem:

“In your notes you asked for apricots / in the silver dish. I brought you apricots, / crushed, pureed, in the gold decanter. / You wrote they are delicious, // the chilled apricots, jellied, untamed…” [Prairie Schooner, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 201 Andrews Hall, PO Box 880334, Lincoln, NE 68501-9988. E-mail: . Single issue $9.] - JHG

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Review Posted on January 31, 2004

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