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Bridled: A Review

March 25, 2019

by MARY SCOTT MANNING Amy Meng, Bridled (Pleiades Press, 2018), pp. 66 The flashbulb of an old-fashioned film camera throws light on the subject in the split second before the shutter opens, making the details of the scene visible. When … Read more


March 18, 2019

by PAULANN PETERSEN You’d think water’s female aspect would be a pond, a lake—deep, reflective, still, taking the sun and moon and clouds onto its slick-shimmered skin. Wrong. You would be dead wrong. Being a woman, I know at least … Read more

Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing: A Review

March 11, 2019

by NICOLE BERLAND Ursula K. Le Guin and David Naimon, Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing (Tin House, 2018), pp. 150 Rather than proposing solutions, Ursula K. Le Guin’s novels ask questions. To enter into one of her storyworlds … Read more

Papa’s Gifts

March 1, 2019

by SANDRA HEADEN At eight months, Lena’s belly was as big as four watermelons. Must be twins, all the women said. Miss Annabelle, the town midwife, was sure they’d be boys. Lena hoped for girls, with nary a trace of … Read more

After My Mother Died

March 1, 2019

by HEATHER SELLERS She slept in my bone body for three years. My missing her a lonely hush. My grief a gold thing I carried as a ring, immanent. And now I see her in various cars, in thin blue … Read more