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Fiction: “We Were Young and Strong,” by Leslie Maxwell

By on September 23, 2016

From The Fourth River, Issue 11   Listen to Leslie Maxwell read “We Were Young and Strong”   One July day, summer-vacation bored with our parents at work, my sister and I decided to dig a hole to China. Nothing

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Tributaries: “Tallgrass”

By on September 21, 2016

by Ellie A. Rogers         Ellie A. Rogers holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Washington University. Her poems have most recently appeared in Camas, Cirque, and Redivider. She has also served as the assistant managing editor of

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Tributaries: “Guerrilla Gardening: Chicago, North Side”

By on September 14, 2016

by Benjamin Goluboff   When the city redid Lawrence Ave, widening the sidewalk and putting in a bike lane, they made wells in the pavement for rain gardens. These would dampen the urban heat-island effect and detain run-off from the

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Tributaries: “Cliffs”

By on September 9, 2016

by Cari Oleskewicz   We did not know which wanted him more: the wind or the water. But some force of nature claimed him and we watched in disbelief as the man in one moment was standing on the cliff, admiring

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Essay: “Interlude on Darkness,” by Gary L. McDowell

By on July 19, 2016

From The Fourth River, issue 12   Nighttime as elegy. Nighttime as constraint. Being in the state of. Nighttime’s alter-ego: the Jazz Man. Croon, baby. Croon. Darkness after light is universal. Or before. We recognize the world, the jaws, the

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Book Review: Practicing the Truth, by Eller Akers

By on July 5, 2016

Reviewed by Alyse Richmond   Winner of the 2014 Autumn House Poetry Prize, 2015 winner of the San Francisco Book Festival Poetry Award, and winner of a 2015 IPPY (Independent Publisher) Book Award, Ellery Akers’ Practicing the Truth has undoubtedly

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Health for the Earth; Health for Us All

By on June 25, 2016

By Athena Wintruba, assistant editor, The Fourth River   We’ve all heard about Zika virus by now: the illness, similar to yellow fever and West Nile virus transmitted by mosquitos. The virus typically results in fever, rash, and joint pain

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Book Review: Down to the Dark River, Edited by Philip C. Kolin and Jack B. Bedell

By on June 20, 2016

  By Kim Hambright, assistant editor, The Fourth River   The Mississippi River proclaims itself to be “the Father of Rivers,” “the heart of remembrance,” “Mark Twain’s classroom,” “a hideaway for ballads,” and “the darkest place on earth” (Kolin). The

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Essay: “Something that Loves a Wall,” by Margot Anne Kelley

By on June 19, 2016

From The Fourth River, Issue 12   The boundary is that from which something begins its essential unfolding. — Heidegger Lengths of the rough, graying wood ring a small paddock that separates two lumbering, gentle horses from the rest of

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Fracking the Marcellus Shale: An Afternoon with Jimmy Guignard

By on June 10, 2016

By Kenny Gould for The Fourth River   A native North Carolinian, Jimmy Guignard is the author of Pedaling the Sacrifice Zone: Teaching, Writing, and Living above the Marcellus Shale (Texas A&M University Press, 2015). He co-edited a collection of