Vol. 16, No. 3 & 4, Spring/Summer 1998 | Alaska Quarterly Review

Vol. 16, No. 3 & 4, Spring/Summer 1998

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Sea fog hangs over the Kenai Mountains and Prince William Sound, north of Seward, Alaska.

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Table of Contents


Evangeline René LeBlanc
René LeBlanc lives in San Marcos, TX. This is her first published story.
Merry-Go-Sorry Cary Holladay
Cary Holladay is the author of The People Down South (University of Illinois Press, 1989) and The Palace of Wasted Footsteps (forthcoming from the University of Missouri Press). Her fiction has appeared in a wide range of journals including The Southern Review, Chelsea, and Shenandoah. She lives in Memphis, TN.
Seeds Paul Ruffin
Paul Ruffin has published fiction in a wide range of journals and magazines including The Southern Review, Ploughshares, and American Literary Review. His short story collection The Man Who Would Be God was published in 1993 (SMU Press). He lives in Huntsville, TX.
Foo Dogs Amber Dorko Stopper
Amber Dorko Stopper has recent stories in Northwest Review, Two Girls Review, Cut-Bank, and the anthology, The Whole Story: Editors on Fiction. She lives in Philadelphia.
Old Dogs Bonnie Jo Campbell
Bonnie Jo Campbell teaches mathematics and composition in Kalamazoo, MI. This is her first published story.
A Woman’s Name Diane Williams
Diane Williams, co-editor of StoryQuarterly, is the author of three books, Some Sexual Success Stories, This is About the Body, the Mind, the Soul, the World, Time and Fate, and The Stupefaction.
The Book of Matthew Susan Vreeland
Susan Vreeland’s novel What Love Sees was adapted for the screen and broadcast last May as a CBS television movie. Her fiction has appeared in a range of journals and in the anthologies If I Had My Live to Live Over I Would Pick More Daisies and Family: A Celebration. She lives in San Diego, CA.
Beidermann and God’s Gift Lloyd Zimpel
Lloyd Zimpel has published one novel, several nonfiction books and numerous short stories and articles with recent stories in Missouri Review, Sou’wester, and Arkansas Review. He lives in San Francisco.
Closer Susan Rosalsky
Susan Rosalsky lives in Brooklyn, NY. This is her first published story.
Across the River William Orem
William Orem’s fiction has appeared in a range of journals, including Sou’wester, The Potomac Review, and Plot. His stories have also been recently recognized in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and Missouri Review writing competitions. He lives in Bloomington, IN.
The Last Mourner Norberto Luis Romero Translated by H.E. Francis
Norberto Luis Romero, a citizen of Spain originally from Argentina, is the winner of the First Noega Award for Fiction, the Antonio Machado Award, and many prizes. His third collection, The Moment of the Unicorn, and a novel, Signs of Decomposition, have just appeared in Madrid. His collection, The Arrival of Autumn in Constantinople, published in the U.S. in the Sun and Moon Classics Series, was translated by H.E. Francis, who also translated “The Last Mourner.” H.E. Francis is a widely published fiction writer who has recent stories in American Short Fiction, Quarterly West, and Witness. His newest collection is The Sudden Trees.
Coke Bottles Catching Rain Janice Levy
Janice Levy’s stories have appeared in a number of anthologies and a range of journals including Glimmer Train, The American Voice, and North Dakota Quarterly. She is the author of ten juvenile books. She lives in Merrick, NY.
At the Edge of the River Karen Heuler
Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in magazines such as TriQuarterly, Ms Magazine, and Massachusetts Review. She is the author of The Other Door, a short story collection. She lives in New York City.


Answering Machine Anthony Tognazzini
Anthony Tognazzini, originally from California, has been living and working as a freelance journalist and English teacher in Prague, Czech Republic, since 1993. This is his first U.S. publication.


Guest Editor: Pattiann Rogers

Mass of the Moon Eclipse Denise Levertov
A New Flower Denise Levertov
Denise Levertov’s most recent book of new poems was Sands of the Well (New Directions, 1996). In 1997 New Directions brought out two thematic selections of previously published work, The Stream and the Sapphire (on religious themes) and The Life Around Us (on nature). Her lifetime of commitment and genius profoundly influenced two generations of poets. Levertov’s recent death is a great loss to American letters. “Mass of the Moon” and “A New Flower” are among her last published poems.
Wild Fruit Alison Deming
The Naturalists Alison Deming
Alison Deming is Director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Her new book, The Monarchs: a Poem Sequence, was published in 1997 by Louisiana State University Press. She is the author of Science and Other Poems and Temporary Homelands, a collection of essays.
Anima Mundi D. James Smith
D. James Smith’s first book, Prayers for the Dead Ventriloquist, with an introduction by Dorianne Laux, was published by Ahsahta Press in 1995. His uncollected poems have appeared in a wide range of journals including Stand, Carolina Quarterly, Southern Review Poetry, and Willow Springs.
The Motion of Wings and Water George Looney
George Looney’s first book, Animals Housed in the Pleasure of Flesh, won the Bluestem Award in 1995. In 1996, he won the New Letters Literary Award for poetry and the Eyster Prize from New Delta Review. He directs the BFA program in creative writing at Bowling Green State University, where he edits Mid-American Review.
What Truth Feels Like in the Body Analisa Lee
Grief Analisa Lee
Lightning a Hundred Yards Away Analisa Lee
Analisa Lee lives in Olympia, WA.
The Altay Mountains A.K. DiFranco
A.K. DiFranco grew up in Ohio and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Bark River Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith is a poet and filmmaker from Potomac, MT.
Cross-Country Skiing David Koehn
Steelhead David Koehn
David Koehn’s poetry has been published in a wide range of journals including The Artful Dodger, Whiskey Island, Painted Bride, and The Apalachee Quarterly. His manuscript, Faith Healing, was a finalist in both The Bluestem Award and the National Poetry Series competitions. He lives in Barrow, AK
Out of Their Element Robert Michael Pyle
Robert Michael Pyle is the author of Wintergreen, The Thunder Tree, Where Bigfoot Walks, and several butterfly books. He lives in Gray’s River, WA.
At the Dead Sea Lisa Yanover
Lisa Yanover’s poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Amelia, International Quarterly, Ploughshares, and New England Review. She lives in Houston, TX.
Seri Indian Horned Lizard Song Gary Nabhan
Gary Nabhan is director of Science at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, and most recently the author of Cultures of Habitat (Counterpoint Press). He has interacted with the Seri Indians for 25 years.
200 Years After Lewis and Clark Janisse Ray
Rescue Janisse Ray
Janisse Ray lives in Baxley, GA.
Weeds Dennis Held
Diaspora Dennis Held
Dennis Held teaches at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID, where he is faculty advisor to the Talking River Review.
One Prayer from Eden Kim Stafford
Kim Stafford is the author of Having Everything Right: Essays of Place (Sasquatch Books, 1997) and lives in Portland, OR, with his wife and two children. “One Prayer from Eden” formed the libretto for a composition for soprano and string quartet by Maria Newman, first performed at the Icicle Creek Music Festival in the summer of 1997, in Leavenworth, WA.
Phos Hilaron: Evening Prayer in the Piney Woods Carolyn Maddux
Crows in the Fall Carolyn Maddux
Autumn Lunch on Hood Canal Carolyn Maddux
Carolyn Maddux covers the courts and police beat for the weekly newspaper in Shelton, WA.
Dungeness Crabbing at Siletz Bay Alison Apotheker
Alison Apotheker’s recent poems appear in Prairie Schooner, Amelia, and Louisiana Literature. In 1996, she won an Oregon Literary Fellowship from Literary Arts, Inc.
Agatha in the Dark Claire Davis
Flinch and Glow
Claire Davis
Claire Davis’ work appears in a range of journals, including Shenandoah, The Southern Review, Puerto del Sol, and Cutbank. Her story “Grounded” was awarded a Pushcart Prize for 1997. She lives in Lewiston, ID.
Bestiary William Breen
William Breen lives in St. Paul, MN.
The Great Apes Ronald Wallace
Ronald Wallace directs the creative writing program at the University of Wisconsin Madison and edits the University of Wisconsin Press poetry series. His ten books include The Uses of Adversity, Time’s Fancy and The Makings of Happiness¸ all from the University of Pittsburgh Press. He divides his time between Madison and a forty-acre farm in Bear Valley, WI.
Substratum Albert Goldbarth
Insides Albert Goldbarth
Slipper, Wallet, Briefs Albert Goldbarth
Or of Anything Albert Goldbarth
Albert Goldbarth’s collection Heaven and Earth received the National Book Critics Circle Award, and he is the author of numerous other collections, including his most recent, Adventures in Ancient Egypt (Ohio State), and his forthcoming volume Beyond (David Godine). He lives in Wichita, KS.
Meditation on a Hemlock Matt Yurdana
Matt Yurdana’s poetry appears in Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, and The Southern Review. He is currently the coordinator for the Writing Center at Oregon State University.
Entropy Faith Shearin
Faith Shearin’s poems have appeared in a wide range of journals including Ploughshares, The Chicago Review, and The Iowa Woman. She was the 1996 Writer-in-Residence at the Interlochen Arts Academy and twice a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She lives in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Jimmy Daniel Donaghy
Daniel Donaghy has recent poems appearing in New Letters, Yellow Silk, Yarrow, and The MacGuffin. He lives in Ithaca, NY.
Elmer Len Roberts
Len Roberts’ seventh book is The Trouble-Making Finch, to be published by the University of Illinois Press in 1998. His recent poems appear in The American Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, and The Southern Review. He lives in Hellertown, PA.
Walking Back John Straley
John Straley is the author of a series of Alaskan mysteries featuring Cecil Younger. He lives in Sitka, AK.
Birches Mary Kay Rummel
Advent Mary Kay Rummel
Mary Kay Rummel’s book of poetry, This Body She’s Entered, was published by New Rivers Press in 1989. A chapbook, The Long Road into North, is forthcoming from Juniper Press. She is the editor of the anthology text American Voices: Webs of Diversity published by Merrill in 1997. She teaches at the University of Minnesota in Duluth.
My 47 Lives Wendy Bishop
Wendy Bishop’s recent poems appear in Ascent, Crazyhorse, and The Literary Review. She teaches at Florida State University.
New Year’s Eve Foxfires at the Changing Tree Denise Rogers
To Hokusai, on Viewing One of His “Country Scenes” Denise Rogers
The Sixty-Three Stations of the Kiso Highway Denise Rogers
I Stop to Consider Zhuangzhi’s Parable on the Way to Visit My Grandmother’s Grave Denise Rogers
Denise Rogers’ poems appear in The Green Hills Literary Lantern, Borderlands: The Texas Poetry Review, and Hurakan. She teaches at the University of Southwestern Louisiana.
On Not Understanding a Word of What the Monks Read and Loving It David Francis
David Francis’ work has appeared in a range of literary magazines including New York Quarterly and The University Review. He lives in St. Paul, MN.
Believing in Things Seen Will Clemens
Will Clemens teaches English at the University of Cincinnati.
The Passing Beth Ann Fennelly
Corrections: The Editors Regret the Following Errors Made in the History of Art Beth Ann Fennelly
Beth Ann Fennelly’s poetry has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review and The Best American Poetry 1996. She is the recipient of the 1997 Charles B. Wood Award from The Carolina Quarterly. She lives in Fayetteville, AR..
From the Gallery of Stolen Pictures Pamela Gross
Spread Wing / Great Horned Owl Pamela Gross
Pamela Gross has published poems in Poetry, The Journal, and The Southern Review. Her book, Birds of the Night Sky/Stars of the Field, was a winner of the 1995 University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series Competition.
Gatekeeper Steven Trulock
Steven Trulock was awarded a Lily Peter Fellowship from the University of Arkansas in 1997. His poems have appeared in The Louisville Review, The Kansas Quarterly, and The Blue Mesa Review
Cold Seed Jim Daniels
Jim Daniels’ fourth book of poems, Blessing the House, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1997. He also edited the anthology Letters to America: Contemporary American Poetry on Race, Wayne State University Press, 1995.
Death of Phoebe Brian Doyle
Prayer for a Friend I Haven’t Met
Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, OR. He and his father Jim Doyle are the authors of Two Voices, a collection of their essays.
I Still Can’t Say the Word Walt McDonald
Walt McDonald has published fifteen collections of poetry including Counting Survivors, Night Landings, and The Flying Dutchman. Three other books won Western Heritage Awards: Rafting the Brazos, The Digs in Escondido Canyon, and All That Matters. He lives in Lubbock, TX.
The Son Carrie Etter
Carrie Etter’s recent poems appear in Cimarron Review, The Literary Review, and Seneca Review. She lives in Irvine, CA.
the shape of leaving Nancy Rifkin
Nancy Rifkin was a winner of the 1990 Tucson Poetry Festival. She now lives in Sacramento, CA.
I Needed to Ask Him Something Nay Hannawi
Nay Hannawi grew up in southern Lebanon and received her B.A. from American University in Beirut. She is currently teaching Arabic at the University of Arkansas, where she is also working on an MFA in literary translation.
Winter Garden Robert Hunter Jones
Thumbnail Sketch Robert Hunter Jones
Robert Hunter Jones’ recent poems appear in Northwest Review, Fireweed, and Poetry Northwest. He teaches upper school English at the American International School of Vienna, Austria.
All Those Women on Fine September Afternoons Katerina Vandenberg
Katrina Vandenberg has received an AWP Intro Award for her poetry, and her recent poems appear in Poetry Northwest, The Mid-American Review, and The Laurel Review. She lives in Fayetteville, AR.
Entusiasm in Two Parts Naomi Shihab Nye
Last Day of August Naomi Shihab Nye
Naomi Shihab Nye’s most recent books are Habibi (a novel for teens) and Lullaby Raft (a picture book), both from Simon and Schuster. In the spring of 1998 Boa Editions will publish her next collection of poems, Fuel.