Issue 41
November 2008

    Issue 41


Ross Gay

C. Wade Bentley This marks an author's first online publication
Bonnie Bolling
Gabriel DeCrease
Pamela Hart
Roger Jones
Robert Lesman This marks an author's first online publication
James B. Nicola
Chad Prevost
Mark Prudowsky
Cassandra Robison
Michael Shorb
Avery Slater This marks an author's first online publication
Josh Stewart
Elisabeth von Uhl This marks an author's first online publication
Muriel Harris
This marks an author's first online publication

Paul Blaney This marks an author's first online publication
Neil Grimmett

David Rigsbee
reviews All of It Singing: New and Selected Poems by Linda Gregg

David Rigsbee

reviews Heat Lightning: New and Selected Poems 1986—2006 by Judith Skillman



(35" x 44")
Ink, Charcoal, Acrylic, and collage on paper.
Daniel Wallace

While studying at the Glasgow School of Art I became interested in the evolution of form. The patterns of growth allow one to see the passage of time all at once. This work on paper examines the similarities between the organization of cells within us and the organization of planned communities built to contain us. By examining patterns in natural phenomena and patterns of human construction it became clear that there is a very thin, if not intangible, line between what is considered natural and what is manufactured. More of Daniel Wallace's work can be seen at

 Editor's Note

I hope fall everywhere is as beautiful as it is here in Atlanta. I can't remember this much color and this many leaves still on the trees this late into November. I just want to stand out there in the celebration it is. I feel that way, too, about Cortland Review's Issue 41. Instead of a falling, however, Daniel Wallace's cover art gives us a burgeoning, and I envision this piece must have come into full bloom in the same way Cortland Review's issues do. We start with something central, a core piece if you will, and build around that with an eye for style, content, and color, still keeping to the Cortland Review aesthetic of what art is, and everybody here with a hand in. Dan's piece, ink, charcoal, acrylic and collage on paper, is aptly titled "Proliferation."

A painter/printmaker living in Baltimore, Maryland, Dan was born in New York, New York. He moved to Baltimore in 2001 to attend the Baltimore School for the Arts. He studied at The Glasgow School of Art in the fall of 2006, and is currently a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His paintings and prints have been exhibited many times at the institutions he attended, as well as by business establishments, and currently hang in private collections. Seriously intent on a career in art, he has received commissions for fine art, logo design and poster design. This is the kind of art that, while it reflects how the world increases and flourishes, it's colors and brush strokes propose an emergence in an intense calm and stability-exactly what this Cortland Review Issue wants to stand for in our social, political, and emotional climate.

Amidst falling stocks, failed institutions, and a general uncertainty for those seeking or trying to hold onto jobs, Cortland Review remains a steadying influence with another issue of the best writing around, and just in time, too, for the fireplace season, moving, inclusively, via your armchair, from "The First Day of Spring" to "A Christmas Story." And listen while Ross Gay praises his teachers:

. . . Tom Lux, who's just the kind of unbelievable teacher who is so deeply generous and thoughtful and considerate and an amazing reader of poems, and who has an amazing ability to put the poem that the poet wants to write in front of his own desires for the poem . . . and . . . Marie Howe . . . Joan Larkin . . . Rivard . . . and [Gerald Stern] . . . a model for how to ingest the world in a way that a poet might do it-you know, he's really really really engaged with the world. Deeply engaged with the world, so that his heart's really out there. And that's something you don't learn how to do, necessarily. . . .to be deeply sensitive to the world that you're living in—

With that, I'm sensing this is a good time to spill a secret only those who have hung on this long will know: TCR's December Feature, one month away, is a Gerald Stern celebration with Gerald Stern poems, an essay about him, a book review of his latest collection, "Save the Last Dance," and poetry from twenty of your favorite poets that he's personally invited to the party. Whatever else you miss in the busy holiday season, you won't want to miss this!

Distinguished by its ten years of audio archives, once again TCR offers audio from all our poets via Adobe Flash Player, probably already downloaded on your computer. With Flash, audio is instantaneous. If you can't hear the audio, you need to download Flash Player which is free here. Audio designated by the RealAudio symbol from Issues and Features prior to 2007 are still accessible via RealPlayer. RealPlayer can be downloaded free here.

NOTE: TCR is looking for a volunteer who will help convert our archived RealPlayer files to Flash files. If you have some spare hours each week and want to give something back to the literary arts, please contact us at [email protected] to become a TCR hero.

Remember, too, that each available book title mentioned on our homepage and in our contributors' bios is linked directly to You can help Cortland Review by purchasing any book title via a TCR link. We appreciate the support we get through your book purchases.

Thank you to all the Cortland Review staff for the dedication and hard work this represents.

Here it is. Issue 41
Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!
Ginger Murchison

Haven't finished watching all of TCR's AWP (NYC '08) Tenth Anniversary Readings? Via the videos on YouTube, you can still catch one of the best '08 AWP events at:

Laure-Anne Bosselaar:
Anne Marie Macari:
Maurice Manning:
David Rigsbee:
Patricia Smith:



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