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Bryant Literary Review

Current Volume: Volume 21 (2020)

Editors' Note

Thank you for picking up the Bryant Literary Review. This edition of the BLR features short stories and poetry from around the world: India, Israel, and the United States. Each story and poem was selected by an editorial team consisting of Bryant University students and professors. We, the student fiction editors, chose stories that seemed relevant to contemporary life at the end of the 21st century’s second decade. From interpersonal relationship struggles to solitary struggles with addiction, from international political strife to intra-psychic ethical dilemmas, the stories’ themes speak to some of the challenges and problems we see in the world today. We hope that this collection leaves you yearning to delve deeper into the complexity of the human psyche and the world around you. We hope that it rekindles your passion for slowing down and taking in a good piece of literature in a very busy, fast paced world.

This issue holds a special place in our hearts because it is the last one we will work on as student editors. We want to give a big thank you to Professor Thomas Roach, the editor with whom we worked most closely; drea brown, the new poetry editor (congrats on your first issue!); Nichole Page, student poetry editor; Ron Pitt, the managing editor who kept us on track; as well as the many Bryant University staff members, especially Lucie Koretsky, who helped us along the way. Most of all, we want to thank the authors and readers who contribute to and support the Bryant Literary Review. Without you, this edition would not be possible.

Christina DiStefano (Bryant University Class of 2020)
Cherlene Erauda (Bryant University Class of 2020)

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Table of Contents

Contributors

Fiction

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Jaffa Coffee
Tehila Wenger

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Going for Wood
Molly Vaux

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Weeds in Her Curly Hair
Hareendran Kallinkeel

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Dreams of Flight
Beth Paulson

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Mud and Truth
Hannah Kass

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A Sweet Kid
William Torphy

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That Thing
Susan Taylor Chehak

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Raul
Paul Lamar

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Amends
Renay Costa

Poetry

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Fantasy
Joseph Murphy

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Bedside Vigil
Catherine Jagoe

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Red Fox on Zaleski Trail
Deborah Fleming

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Borders
Mary Makofske

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Ode to a Lobster
Joshua Gage

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Chemo
Carolyn Adams

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Silent Elegy
Anna Leigh Morrow

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Mud Minor Mass
Kevin Walker

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Charcoal Nude
John Sibley Williams

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If the stars had voices
Buff Whitman-Bradley

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Brutality
Laurie Lessen Reiche

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Gunn Hill
Pat Daneman

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The Flood
Elizabeth Underwood

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Fragments of Mother
Sheree La Puma

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Could we be coyotes
George Longenecker

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Let Go
Jane Flint

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Our Tiny Somewhere
Martina Nicholson

Editors

Editor and Fiction Editor
Thomas Roach
Poetry Editor
drea brown
Associate Editor
Lucie Koretsky
Managing Editor
Ron Pitt
Student Fiction Editors
Cherlene Erauda, Christina DiStefano
Student Poetry Editor
Nichole Page

Additional Information

Design and Layout
Rebecca Chandler, studio@beccachandler.com
Printing
Pucino Print Consultants, pucinoprint@verizon.net
Cover Art
Valerie Carrigan, Finding Our Way, Monotype, 2013