The Dutch Couple

The wife looks serene
wearing her lead-white mask.
She fakes a pregnancy in doubled green.

Her eyes regard the husband’s palm,
held up as if to silence her
or greet van Eyck, tiny artist

in the mirror’s convex gaze.
Wealth …

Chenoo: A Novel

Chenoo: A Novel

Chenoo: A Novel, by Joseph Bruchac. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016. 224 pages, $17.

The detective novel has always been about the investigation for truth, built upon a narrative that seeks to uncover hidden meanings. Acclaimed Abenaki storyteller Joseph …

Black Magic

Mrs. Bilbo, my first and best teacher, presided over grades one through five at Murphy Adventist School, a two-room A-frame that sat upon a hill, not far from a church whose members worshipped on the seventh day of the week, …

Blood at the Root

Blood at the Root

Blood at the Root, by Lee Meitzen Grue. Alamo Bay Press, 2015. $19, 290 pages.

The New Orleans writer Lee Meitzen Grue is no outsider doing research for a work of fiction, but a local resident whose material has been carefully …

Reasons Not to Join

I came back to my barracks room to find my bunkmate meditating in darkness to a cranked death metal album and when he looked up he smiled like Vincent D’Onofrio on the toilet in Full Metal Jacket.

There was …

from Erogenous Alphabet


Broad in both girth and humor and wanton as any
Babylonian, Miss Burlesque Duchess 2015 offers the spotlight a
Bedazzler’s plastic gems hammily winking along her crinoline.
Brows plucked into a Greek mask’s forced hilarity, she
brims over her …