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The Baltimore Review - Summer/Fall 2003

  • Issue Number: Volume 7 Number 2
  • Published Date: Summer/Fall 2003

Sponsored by the Baltimore Writers’ Alliance, this journal features “the short stories and poetry of writers from the Baltimore area and beyond.” There are more writers representing “beyond” this issue, including Virgil Suarez of Florida who must certainly be among the top two or three most frequently published poets in literary journals in the country. His “Recitative of a Moment’s Fugue” is a fine example of why: “In Havana the old street vendors / sell their coconut death masks, / fiber-wigged, a kiss of crimson lips” – he is undoubtedly the best known writer to appear in this issue. Other memorable offerings here include “What Robin Hood Really Did,” a poem by Ruth E. Dickey, the title borrowed from Andrew Applewhaite of the Writing Workshop for Homeless Writers at Miriam’s Kitchen in Washington, D.C.: “Hundred and fifty people sitting in here hungry. You do the math. / That’s two grand a piece. That’s security deposit, first month’s rent. // That’s new clothes, food that I picked. Stop keeping a man down. / You wanna help me, you gotta give up what you got.”; and “Catch a Falling Star,” a story by Lori Hultin; and “Boy on the Train Platform in Calcutta,” a deeply moving poem by James C. Hopkins, which I dare not quote here in fragments as its appearance on the page cannot be adequately rendered by citing a verse or two. Hopkins has just published his first full-length collection with The Word Works, and after reading his poem in The Baltimore Review, I am eager to read more of his work. [The Baltimore Review, P.O. Box 410, Riderwood, MD 21139. E-mail: . Single issue $7.95.] - SR

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Review Posted on September 30, 2003

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