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Gulf Stream - 2003

Comprised solely of text, Gulf Stream Magazine boasts a highly diverse showing of work. Essays, interviews, poetry and prose fall into myriad styles and forms, making the magazine an eclectic foray into literary possibilities. Claudia Grinnell’s “Taking Care” reminds one that a poem is worth a thousand pictures, impregnating vivid images in one’s head with her verse: “there’d be dames, shimmering from / car to bar, wearing a procession of furs (so freshly dead / they still purr) even in a New York heat wave.” And then there is Lainee Frizzo’s “How to Shop at the Salvation Army,” an affecting piece of fiction whose content is cleverly at odds with its form. While there is the occasional piece that seems to be gratuitously avant-garde, wearing artiness as a disguise for sheer nonsense, on the whole, the magazine succeeds in engaging the reader with its mix of fresh, talented voices. [Gulf Stream Magazine, English Department, FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151 Street, North Miami, FL 33181-3000. E-mail: . Single issue $5.00.] - SRP

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Review Posted on November 30, 2003

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