Issue 19: Sustaining

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In The Four Quartets, T. S. Eliot wrote, “You are not here to verify...you are here to kneel.” In this issue, our contributors invite us to be part of this kneeling, this witnessing of sustaining words and visual images, as well as the resurrecting of the physical world around us.

We find delight in hidden blackberry thickets, hold fast in the midst of tempests, break social conventions in a high school cafeteria. We “walk gently upon the earth” and cherish it. Our contributors remind us to, as Wendell Berry put it, “Practice resurrection”—one syllable, brushstroke, and photograph at a time.

FEATURING 2011 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize judged by Leif Inger

POETRY
Walking, with Blackberries, Charity Gingerich
Peonies, CJ Giroux
On the Hillsboro River, Gretchen Fletcher
The Next Lesson, Jane Lebak
Southwestern Minnesota Springtime, Brian Baumgart
All Flesh, Sara Burant
Seventy Times Seven, Joey Locicero
Sister Evangelyne, Donovan McAbee
Invasion, Luci Shaw
Baker Creek Campground, Paul Willis
Still Life, Kendra Langdon Juskus

REVIEW
Walking Gently on the Earth by Lisa Graham McMinn and Megan Neff, Melanie Springer Mock

FICTION
Oasis, Allyson Armistead
Sam Kenneth Jones, Amy Pechukas
Something Quick and Bright, Jessica Smith

VISUAL ART
A Doorbuster Named Rocket, Richard Cummings
Recomposition: Wedge Form [with Stick and PVC], Richard Cummings
Prehistoric Camera, Richard Cummings
Contrail—Death Valley, CA, Cole Thompson
Lone Man No. 20—La Jolla, CA, Cole Thompson
Monolith No. 22—Bandon, OR, Cole Thompson 
Witness (Adamah), Bruce Herman
Prospero's Tempest, Bruce Herman
Tide at Walker Creek, Bruce Herman
and more


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