Squall

Squall

by Sarah Dickenson Snyder On the cusp of summerthe snow looks weary, reluctant.  We have goneover a cliff’s edge like the dream I had last night,my car veering off the road,  almost too frighteningto write down.  My mind swerves awayas I wish the car had, wish...

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Happy Book Birthday to S.B. Merrow!

Happy Book Birthday to S.B. Merrow!

Happy Book Birthday to Free State poet S. B. Merrow. Her Everyone a Bell was just published by Kelsay Books. The notorious critic Barrett Warner has written—It’s a fine collection with at least a dozen poems anyone on the planet would have wished to write. There was...

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Sick Before This

Sick Before This

Our transitions editor Sorrah Edwards-Thro has new writing up at Entropy Magazine: With corona at our door if not already among us, my housemates and I take a frantic and far from complete tally of who social distancing doesn’t mean staying away from. Typically, over...

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Congrats, Lara Egger!

Congrats, Lara Egger!

Our heartfelt congratulations to poet Lara Egger, who just received the Juniper Prize for a first book of poetry! Several of her poems have appeared in our issues. Check out the press release here: https://www.umass.edu/umpress/2020juniperwinners

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“Oysters” by Seamus Heaney

For your birthday, an oyster poem. ‎-Michael Ratcliffe‎ Our shells clacked on the plates.My tongue was a filling estuary,My palate hung with starlight:As I tasted the salty PleiadesOrion dipped his foot into the water. Alive and violated,They lay on their bed of...

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Literary Manifesto

Literary Manifesto

If I think a poem or collection of poems is good and I want to be certain, I measure myself in the doorway. If I was 71 inches before, I am at least 71.001 after my encounter. Or, I’m wider. On the scale, it depends. Is it calibrated to record the gain or loss of a...

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Free State Review is a literary journal that comes out every 8 months. Want to know what we're into? Peruse our site and/or order a copy, then hit us up!

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