Once Upon a Time: Narrative Poetry Returns? (on Covenant by Alan Shapiro; The Black Riviera by Mark Jarman; Autumn Eros and Other Poems by Mary Kinzie; The Gathering of My Name by Cornelius Eady; & Saints in Their Ox-hide Boat by Brendan Galvin)

Heart Troubles (on A Model World and Other Stories by Michael Chabon; The Language We Use Up Here and Other Stories by Philip Gambone; Crash Diet by Jill McCorkle; & Labor for Love by Sandy Huss)

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.

Two days before

My Mother, Becoming a Widow

On Our Tentieth Anniversary

Maurya Simon’s tenth volume of poetry, The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems, 1980–2016, was recently published by Red Hen Press (2018). Other recent publications include The Raindrop’s Gospel: The Trials of St. Jerome & St. Paula (Elixir Press, 2010), and Questions My Daughter Asked Me, Answers I Never Gave Her (Blackbird Press, 2014). Simon has received an NEA Fellowship in poetry and two awards from the Poetry Society of America, and this fall she will serve her third visiting artist residency at the American Academy in Rome. Simon is currently a Professor of the Graduate Division and a Professor Emerita at the University of California–Riverside, where she taught literature and creative writing for nearly thirty years.

Chances

When Love in Autumn Blooms

Fairy Rings

Al Maginnes’ most recent poetry collection, Inventing Constellations, was published in October 2012 by Cherry Grove Collections and is reviewed in this issue (see page 366). New poems appear or are forthcoming in American Literary Review, Southern Humanities Review, Sugar House Review, Border Crossings, Crab Creek Review, and several others. Maginnes lives in Raleigh, NC, and teaches at Wake Technical Community College.

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