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Bryant Literary Review

Volume 8 (2007)

Editor's Note

English writer Graham Greene claimed, “Writing is a form of therapy. Sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human situation.” When life is fragile, complicated, and ever-changing, literature provides that means of escape. It also provides hope—the hope that when society seems to value activities that dull the mind, there remain those intellectual and inspiring visionaries who provide friction on the slippery slope.

Working as student editor of the Bryant Literary Review has given me the opportunity to explore the creativity of others. As Cyril Connolly said, “While thought exists, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living.” We respond to creativity; challenge it; feed off of it; and most importantly, escape through the insanity and despair of life into a life of freedom of thought, full of rich imagery and ideas.

The Bryant Literary Review staff would like to thank The Pawtucket Times and The Woonsocket Call, Bryant University’s Academic Affairs and University Advancement Divisions, and the English and Cultural Studies Department for their support. We also thank all of those who submitted their creativity that could not be published at this time. Lastly, I would like to thank the Bryant Literary Review staff for their commitment to the continued success of this publication.

The following short stories and poems have been my means of escape, and I hope they provide the same experience for you.

Please read, reread, escape, and enjoy!

Erinn Gormley
Student Editor

Title Page

Table of Contents

Editors' Note

Contributors

Cover

Fiction

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Fugitive Day
Ellen Prentiss Cambell

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Worms
Gary Guinn

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The Agreement
Lewis Schrager

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Country Junction
Tom Miller Juvik

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Office Girl
Barry Jay Kaplan

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The Rocking Cradle
Juned Subhan

Poetry

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Butterflies and Honey
B. Z. Niditch

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Terrible Twos
Charles Harper Webb

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The Walnut
David Cappella

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Photography
Rustin Larson

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Compost
Ravi Shankar

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Squid
Mary Ann Mayer

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What the Raven Said
Barbara Crooker

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New in Town
Nancy White

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The Iris and the Blade
Kathleen Hellen

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"And Today"
Jack Lindeman

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Drawing Blanks
John Azrak

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Late Visions
Lynn Domina

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Slow Change
Rane Arroyo

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A Field of Pumpkins
Martha Christina

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Falling Leaves
Gary Hanna

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Rory Gilley
Cody Stratton

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Untitled
Sudie Nostrand

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Falcon
Colleen Abel

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Body Piercing
Janet Proulx

Editors

Editor
Tom Chandler
Poetry Editor
Tad Davies
Fiction Editor
Nora Barry
Managing Editor
MJ Kim
Associate Editor
Lucie Koretsky
Student Editor
Erinn Gormley
Assistant Student Editor
Erica Lawton

Additional Information

Design and Layout
Chandler Design