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Ellipsis - Volume 40

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  • Issue Number: Volume 40

Spring 2004

This issue of Ellipsis, a long-time student-edited publication of Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, contains prose, photos and an astonishing number of poems (forty-five!) for a journal of its type. Student staffed though it may be, Ellipsis is as beautifully produced as any number of literary journals edited by professionals, as its perfect-bound 100+ pages fronted by Christine Baczec’s lavender-toned photo-mosaic of Spiral Jetty attest. With this much content, everyone is bound to find something that resonates. For me, the turn in Amanda McGuire’s “Monkey Bars” from description of that always-left-out-girl, to the reason for her suicide, “She never climbed anything / at our private school, except the desperate / boyhis penis, a worm through the unzipped / hole, her mouth meaty as a Red Delicious,” was scary-good. Also, an imagistic, Basho-like translation of Ioan Flora’s “The Image of Glass Shimmering” was nicely juxtaposed with Angela Robert’s photo “Bottle” on the facing page–evidence of a keen editorial eye. I have to confess that although I found the prose pieces to be solidly written, I was a tad disappointed in their rather worn-out themes. That aside, there is still plenty of lovely poetry here by Star Coulbrooke, R. Kinsie Bastian, Sandra Kohler and many others both old and new. [Ellipsis, Literature and Art, Westminster College, 1840 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84105. E-mail: . Single issue $7.] – KL

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Review Posted on June 30, 2004

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