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Ecotone 17
Volume 9.2,
Issue 17
Spring/Summer 2014
$12.95

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!)

Fiction

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.

Nonfiction
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.
Poetry
Recess and the Speed of Sound

 

Xylotheque

 

Feat
    
Muybridge's Clouds

 

Concerns, After Flipping Through the Dictionary

 

The Couple on the Plane Flying from Western North Carolina

 

There Is Music in My Head

 

The Shirt

 

What Begins as a List of Things Lost to Him

 

Remainder

 

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

 

Reclamation
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