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Can I politely say there's just something compellingly creepy about this image on the November 2014 issue of Poetry that make it difficult to look away? Considering the image, I think that's a compliment to the artist's intention, expressed as well in the title of the work, "Entanglement Practice" (2011) by Lise Haller Baggesen.

East Coast Ink covers reflect the theme of each issue, a visual interpretation that can be both challenging and enjoyable. In issue 4, the editors note: "we explored bridges and connections of all kinds, whether they're being built or burned." The next issue: Bones.

The Fall 2014 cover of the online journal When Women Waken features Spirit Dancer, a beautifully flowing painted image by Leah Thompson, who says, "My art is about passion. The subject I choose whether figurative or floral is second to my passion for the application of paint and color." Read more about Leah here.

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c-dale-youngThe most recent issue of New England Review (v35 n3 2014) begins with a farewell editorial by poetry editor C. Dale Young (which can be read here in its entirety). In it, he tells the story of his being called to "consult" on the massive backlog of poems the magazine received - to help sort the slush - and then his subsequent promotion to associate editor and then poetry editor. His comments on the responsibility of reading and selecting for the past 19 years are thoughtful, heartfelt and deeply genuine.

In his leaving, this particular issue features his final selection of 20 poems culled from past publications: ". . . there were at least ten poems that never left me alone, that haunted me, so much so I sometimes felt as if they were my own poems. I can even recite many of them. I wrote down these titles and then read through every issue I have helped put together in my time with the magazine to find another ten. I culled and culled until I had the twenty poems from my time with NER that not only never left me alone but actually changed me as a reader and writer. They changed my mind, and they changed my heart."

I cannot imagine a higher recommendation for reading this issue of NER. Several of the poems are available to read online. [Photo credit: Marion Ettlinger]

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cheAs part of World Literature Today magazine's November 2014 cover feature focusing on central European literature since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the editors invited 25 writers to nominate one book that most influenced their own writing or ways of seeing the world. Nominations were open to any book-length work—written in any language and published since November 1989—as long as it could be read in English. The longlist was then published on WLT's blog, and readers were invited to vote for their three favorites. The top ten results, along with the nominating statements for the three winning titles, can be found in the most recent issue and on their website.
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The Autumn 2014 (No. 261) issue of Fiddlehead features "Remembering Alistair MacLeod." Editorials by Ross Leckie ("Remembering Alistair MacLeod"), Mark Anthony Jarman ("A Master in the Heart of Cork"), Douglas Gibson ("A Great Writer and a Great Man"), and D.R. MacDonald ("Alistair MacLeod Tribute"). Immediately following this section is a work of fiction by Alistair MacLeod, "The Vastness of the Dark."
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denver-quarterlyThe newest issue of The Denver Quarterly (49.1 2014) includes a special feature of work by a selection of Native American writers to mark the 150th anniversary of the infamous Sand Creek Massacre (Laird Hunt, Editor). Editors Billy J. Stratton and Eleni Sikelianos write, "The words that make up this special feature are indeed limited, and as we look through the contents we wonder how to best honor the dead of Sand Creek and their living descendants. Yet we did not request that contributors send work specifically about Sand Creek. Some of the writers in this feature are working directly with history and some are not, but in all lives the desire to 'write back' and share story and song."
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Yes, you can quantify literature. And it's really pretty fun.

Are you a Cinema-Literature Progressive? Then you must know this filmmaker.

Writer Beware!: The Blog has a hugely helpful post on How Not to Register Copyright.

Jane Austen Tea Series

November 07, 2014
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miss-lucy-steeleBingley Tea has created a line of teas in celebration of Jane Austen's many marvelous books and characters. Encompassing the full range of black, green, herbal, oolong, and white teas, Bingley has created unique blends for many characters, including "Compassion for Mrs. Bennet's Nerves," "Elinor's Heart," "Emma's Perfect Match," "Mr. Bingley's Signature Blend," and "Wicked Wickham." Twenty-one teas in all, and each with a fun descriptor reflective of its character - both literally and literary.

LGBT Book Lovers Series

November 04, 2014
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LGBT2From Daily Kos online: "LGBT Literature is a Readers and Book Lovers series dedicated to discussing books that have made an impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. From fiction to contemporary nonfiction to history and everything in between, any book that touches on LGBT themes is welcome in this series. LGBT Literature posts on the last Sunday of every month at 7:30 PM EST."

Series writer and Daily Kos member Chrislove is looking for writers to join in! "You do not need to be an academic, a Ph.D. candidate, an LGBT literature buff, or even LGBT to write for this series. You do not need to provide a scholarly critical analysis. . . if you have something to say about LGBT literature, I want you to feel welcome to say it in this series. Please don't feel that you have nothing to say. If LGBT literature has impacted you at all, your thoughts are worth sharing here in LGBT Literature."

Visit the website for more information.
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Madcap Review semiannual of literature and art makes its debut online with this cover image: Ever, November 19, 1910, 2013. Screenprint made with the master printers of the Cabiros Workshops. Click here for more information on the cover artwork.

off-the-coastThis photograph, "Longings," by Malinda Fillingim graces the cover of the Fall 2014 poetry journal Off the Coast. It almost seemed to glimmer gold when caught in just the right light, and there's just something about it that makes me want to be wandering down those tracks, into the fog.

yellow-medicine-reviewAs a lifetime fan of the movie, Paper Moon, I was of course struck by this image Fall 2014 cover image for Yellow Medicine Review: "Boy in the Moon" by Hulleah Tsinhnahjinne. Though the moon seems a bit sinister at first glance, the more I absorbed the image, the more of the "protector" I could envision in the story of this image.
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JohnThorntonWilliamsRevealing the interiority of a character in a way that feels natural, yet resonates powerfully within a reader is one of the most difficult tasks of the fiction writer. Considering how powerful that emotional connection between reader and character can prove to be, and how empty a story can feel without it, it's vital that the writer bridge the distance between reader and character in ways that are subtle rather than clumsy.

But how does one accomplish it?

John Thornton Williams goes on to explain in his November Glimmer Train Newsletter bulletin Indirection of Image.

Other craft essays include:

Aurelie Sheehan: My City (or, On the Idea of Making It My Own)

Peter Turchi: Puzzle and Mystery

Greg Schreur: The Creative Process: A Diuretic Metaphor


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