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Lit World Spotlight: 32 Poems

By on March 4, 2015

An Alternative Perspective -by Timothy Connor, Associate Editor, The Fourth River I’m not typically a fan of contemporary poetry (largely because many free verse and prose poems read more like short stories and often tend to lack a lyrical quality

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Lit World Spotlight: Bodega Magazine

By on February 18, 2015

I’ll Be Brief –Alyse Richmond, The Fourth River Staff Established in March of 2012 by NYU Creative Writing M.F.A. students, Bodega Magazine – dubbed “Your Literary Corner Store” – is a monthly online literary journal that features fiction, non-fiction, poetry,

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Second Look: “Dreaming on the Surface,” by Lissy Goralnik

By on December 10, 2014

In this new series, the staff of The Fourth River comb back through our archives to find and share with you the pieces they believe deserve a second look. Surfacing by Sharla Yates, The Fourth River Staff I’m the type

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A Second Look: “She Dreams of Muddy Water” by Sarah McCartt-Jackson

By on December 3, 2014

  Dreaming of, Again and Again  -by Taylor Smith, The Fourth River Staff             I have read and reread Sarah McCartt-Jackson’s poem “She Dreams of Muddy Water” repeatedly, hoping to, perhaps, uncover some truth from her exquisite lines. I hope that

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A Second Look: “Critter Control” by Lori Jakiela

By on November 19, 2014

We’ll Just See About That  -by Ryan Rydzewski, The Fourth River Staff “And now the sun was shining, the birds were singing, and my mother had a shovel,” writes Lori Jakiela at the beginning of her essay, “Critter Control,” from The Fourth

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A Second Look: “A Year of Dreams” by Sarah A. Chavez

By on November 12, 2014

“From Waking to Dreaming” –by Kylie Walnoha, The Fourth River Staff   The rarity of being on the end of publishing that involves making decisions for the journal has been a unique as well as a fun journey. I have

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A Second Look: “Fugue of New Motherhood,” by Dilruba Ahmed

By on November 5, 2014

In this new series, the staff of The Fourth River comb back through our archives to find and share with you the pieces they believe deserve a second look. New Complications –by Tess Wilson, The Fourth River Staff During the

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A Second Look: “Missing Child,” by Tony Donnelly

By on October 29, 2014

In this new series, the staff of The Fourth River comb back through our archives to find and share with you the pieces they believe deserve a second look. Back to the Bog –by Ashleigh Fox, The Fourth River Staff

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Letters from Lindsay House

By on October 6, 2014

I am a person who believes in celebrating one’s own birthday lavishly and extensively. This weekend I did just that with friends and family at my home on Friday night, with my kids at the city’s terrific Children’s Museum on

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CLOSE READING: “The Pastoral Poem in the Broken World,” by Dilruba Ahmed

By on February 17, 2014

Dilruba Ahmed is the author of Dhaka Dust (Graywolf Press, 2011), winner of the Bakeless Literary Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Blackbird, Cream City Review, New England Review, New Orleans Review, and Indivisible: Contemporary South Asian American Poetry. Her