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Hayden's Ferry Review - Fall/Winter 2005-2006

  • Issue Number: Issue 37
  • Published Date: Fall/Winter 2005-2006
  • Publication Cycle: Biannual

HFR presents a mix of fresh voices, unusual poetry, fiction, cool photography, and works in translation. I enjoyed almost everything here, but was particularly taken by all the very different stories featuring young protagonists. Robin Kish's "In the Experience of One Girl" presents modern-day mythology in an awkward high school girl whose hair is turning into snakes. "Canticle," by Kevin McIlvoy, takes place in a near-future in which the Patriot Act has degraded America into a totalitarian regime, as a pair of young revolutionaries are on the verge of both exposing a nefarious plot, and having sex for the first time. And then there's Matthew Cricchio's "All in Together," in which a young soldier in the Middle East struggles to overcome thinking too hard about the consequences of firing on his enemies and to "unconsciously do as he was trained." The issue ends with an award-winning essay, "With My Back to the Bulls," in which writer Antonio Garza convinces his reluctant friends to accompany him to a bullfight, an event he has fond memories of as an eight-year-old. The fight is depressing, brutal, and pathetic, leaving him sorry he'd looked back, "impos[ing] the tyranny of a childhood memory on unwilling friends." Haven't we all been there? 

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Review Posted on September 30, 2006

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