The Fourth River

A journal of nature and place-based writing, published by Chatham University's MFA in Creative Writing Programs
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Tributaries: “Gulf, Waves”

By on January 18, 2017

By Jack Bedell

 

Big moon, breeze—my daughter hurries
to finish her sentence in the sand

before waves climb up the shore
like dogs sniffing panéed meat.

She wants to spell out the names
of all the people she loves,

but the closer the water gets,
the more she knows

she’ll have to edit her list
on the fly, leave some names

behind in the air to beat the tide,
its hunger boundless, and time.

 

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Jack Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. His latest collections are Bone-Hollow, True: New & Selected Poems, Call & Response, Come Rain, Come Shine, What Passes for Love and At the Bonehouse, all published by Texas Review Press (a member of the Texas A&M Press Consortium). His work has appeared in the Southern Review, Hudson Review, Connecticut Review, Paterson Literary Review, Texas Review, Southern Quarterly, and other journals.

 

 

 

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Tributaries: Excerpt from “It Begins With the River”

By on January 11, 2017

By Courtney L. Sexton   “There goes Courtney floating down the Delaware/chewing on her underwear/can’t afford another pair/ten days later eaten by a polar bear/and that was the end of her!” I cringe even now when I sing the song

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Tributaries: “Nuchal Origami”

By on December 28, 2016

BY KERI WITHINGTON   If I could untangle umbilical cord, measure calcification, label isosceles, scalene, acute, copy your construction, its strict geometry I could find comfort at your steel altar meditate to the wasp buzz of power; electricity thrums from