on Billy Watson’s Croker Sack by Franklin Burroughs

on Selected Writing, 1950-1990 by Irving Howe

A Traveler among Mockingbirds (on To Remain by Edward Kleinschmidt; A Family Album by Lewis Turco; The Sum Complexities of the Humble Field by Viola Weinberg; The Village Painters by David Chorlton; & Small Elegies by David Mason)d

Form-fitting Criticism (on White Paper on Contemporary American Poetry by J. D. McClatchy; ‘Fallen from the Symboled World’: Precedents for the New Formalism by Wyatt Prunty; & Missing Measures: Modern Poetry and the Revolt Against Meter by Timothy Steele)

Homecomings (on The Foreseeable Future by Reynolds Price; White People by Allan Gurganus; The Apple-Green Triumph and Other Stories by Martha Lacy Hall; & Family Men by Steve Yarbrough)

Greg Johnson, whose reviews have appeared regularly in our pages across many years, has published two novels, five collections of short stories, and several volumes of nonfiction. He lives in Atlanta and teaches in the graduate writing program at Kennesaw State University.

Family Matters (on Playing for Keeps by Donald Junkins; Days Going / Days Coming Back and Other Poems by Eleanor Ross Taylor; Forgiveness by Dennis Sampson; Moon in a Mason Jar by Robert Wrigley; & The Makings of Happiness by Ronald Wallace)

Hunter-Gatherer

R. T. Smith is writer-in-residence at Washington and Lee University, where he edits Shenandoah. The latest of his many books are Outlaw Style: Poems (University of Arkansas Press, 2007) and a collection of stories, The Calaboose Epistles (Iris Press, 2009). His work has been reprinted in such notable anthologies as Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, and the Pushcart Prize.

An Island Notebook

Alison Hawthorne Deming is the author of A Woven World: On Fashion, Fishermen, and the Sardine Dress (Counterpoint Press, 2021). Her other recent books include Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit (Milkweed Editions, 2014) and the poetry collection Stairway to Heaven (Penguin, 2016). The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and the Walt Whitman Award, she is Regents Professor at the University of Arizona. She lives in Tucson and on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada.

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