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Ecotone 17
Volume 9.2,
Issue 17
Spring/Summer 2014

Spring/Summer 2014

From the Editor

A lot of us are sad about books, worried about the printed word. At least one reason we care so much is that the work books do is so intimate, so important to human connection.

Out of Place
Five years ago this spring, the Georgia Review ran a special feature called Culture and the Environment. The corner­stone of that feature was Scott Russell Sanders’s essay, “Simplicity and Sanity,” which described how Henry David Thoreau’s words might help us today.
(Read about The Georgia Review's noteworthy "simplicity"-centric collaboration!)


The girl is flying a kite. It cracks in the wind, so angular, so white, made of stolen sheets....John Drew has never seen a thing so pretty.

Patria had slapped him then, hard, and turned on her heel. "Traitor," she'd said, not in a political sense. It was Hemingway she had in mind. "His home is our home," she said often. "We owe Hemingway everything."

Disappearing down the path into the woods was a pale, moony, reflected kind of glimmer, like the sheen of a moth's wings.
I would look at the flat and soapy-colored faces of the people on the screen--there they go: a beautiful one, a beautiful one, a beautiful one.

I tried whenever possible to interlace a thread of truth into the quilt of lies, explaining my accent, for example, by telling her I had lived much of my life in Belgrade.

Exploring Sarah Winchester’s labyrinthine mansion, made in response to a soothsayer’s warning, an itinerant writer works to construct an idea of home.
A writer reflects on fleeting technologies, cataloguing what might already be lost.
A writer reflects on fleeting technologies, cataloguing what might already be lost.
Watching a performance of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with her students, a teacher surveys cultural assumptions about infertility, mothering, and what constitutes motherhood.
A child naturalist channels Robin Hood to reclaim the forest for his own band of outlaws.
Off the coast of his native Maine, a young man goes lobstering with childhood friends and examines notions of freedom, fulfillment, and transformation.
Poem in a Landscape
In the first installment of this new department, in which writers contemplate a beloved poem in relation to place, Elizabeth Bishop's immersion in the Nova Scotia winter spurs a poet to contemplate her Floridian surroundings.
Recess and the Speed of Sound


Xylotheque (Featured)


Feat (Featured)
Muybridge's Clouds


Concerns, After Flipping Through the Dictionary




The Shirt


What Begins as a List of Things Lost to Him




The Evacuation Sale



Poem Without New Year's Resolution


The Story about the Birds Changes after the Baby Is Born


The House on Fish Hatchery Road


An Early History of Surveillance


Mikhail Iossel came to the United State from the former Soviet Union in 1986. "Insomnia," the final story in the collection Every Hunter Wants to Know, conveys a hyperawareness of miscommunication, loneliness, and anxiety upon the narrator's arrival in America. Iossel founded Summer Literary Seminars, one of the world's most innovative international literary programs, where Bender discovered his work. Like the seminars, Iossel's writing crosses physical, social, and political borders.


The Strip