Latest Alaska Quarterly Review showcases outstanding prose and poetry that speaks to our time

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Review: The latest Alaska Quarterly Review showcases outstanding prose and poetry that speaks to our time

Review: The latest Alaska Quarterly Review showcases outstanding prose and poetry that speaks to our time

Review: AQR seeks the best, most innovative and imaginative writing from anywhere, and it’s always a pleasure to find Alaskans in the mix.

By Updated: 1 hour ago Published: 1 hour ago Alaska Quarterly Review, Vol.seven omicron variant cases have been identified thus far in Alaska, omicron became the dominant variant in the U.Published: 2 hours ago A porcupine near Valdez.The Sun Journal reports jury selection in the case of 47-year-old Steven Downs, of Auburn, Maine, is scheduled Monday in Fairbanks, Alaska.

38, No.1 & 2, Summer and Fall 2021.late last year.Edited by Ron Spatz.Over time, she knew which Alaska creature she wanted to study.272 pages.Joe McLaughlin has said that the public health lab is screening positive COVID-19 tests for an “S gene target failure” and all indications are that omicron is the dominant variant in Alaska.$12 Alaska Quarterly Review, one of the most highly regarded literary journals in the nation, continues with the latest issue, delayed by supply chain difficulties, to publish prose and poetry of remarkable skill and meaning.Most Read.

The new volume includes a novella, short stories, essays and a collection of poems by 20 poets.“Indicating that the vast, vast majority of cases are omicron.” Coltrane’s study cast some midwinter light on the Alaska porcupine, perhaps the least-studied mammal in the state.Many of the selections involve experimental or unusual forms.While the work is remarkably diverse, a reader might feel the influence of our pandemic year and the introspection and loss that’s arisen from it.Six of those people are on ventilators.If much of the work addresses trauma and other difficult subjects, it also draws upon a shared sense of resilience and the human capacity to beat back darkness.But that lack of activity in a subarctic winter made porcupines more intriguing to her.Alaska Quarterly Review, Summer & Fall 2021 AQR is nearly unique among journals for publishing long prose pieces, and the first selection in the volume, Kristopher Jansma’s “Like a Bomb Went Off” is a novella of some length and complexity, told in a series of segments that begin with a house exploding.“We’ve watching this move across the country,” he said Friday.

It then passes back and forth in time as the main character, Harriet, a frustrated artist, considers her life in the context of “blowing up.” The seven short stories that follow range in location from a fantasy world to the Old West to Africa and Vietnam.” While hospitalizations have remained lower than the previous surge, the omicron variant is forcing more health care workers to stay home, either sick or because of a COVID-19 exposure.In designing her study, Coltrane mused about the challenges of an exposed life during an Alaska winter: Bitter air temperatures would probably require a porcupine to take in more calories, she thought.They involve identity quests and reexaminations of our shared history.Matt Greene’s “Trapped in a Cave” accompanies two young men and the ghost of a third friend as they drive around the country and instigate an elevator malfunction in a tourist cave.“The hospitalizations were such a key metric that we kind of all had our heads wrapped around before,” Kosin said.While the situation, described that way, may not seem all that fascinating, the character development and the unusual structure of the story leave a reader with both heartbreak and hope.How do they do it? ] To begin her study, she searched for detailed studies of far-north porcupines.

The narrative essays are largely memoiristic but vary from a straightforward examination of prison culture by Alex Chertok, in “The Narratives We Give and Take,” to an exploration of a father-daughter relationship in terms of moon phases by Kirsten Reneau, in “To Outline the Moon.” Without the staff to provide services in the hospitals, the capacity of those hospitals isn’t as helpful, Kosin explained.” “Ambivalent Things” by Jehanne Dubrow uses a split-page format to question the meaning of religious objects she owns.Among the strongest nonfiction narratives are powerful memoirs by Dawn Davies, “Sinkhole,” and Sara Eliza Johnson, “Unspeakable.That’s something that could potentially manifest in this situation with omicron, Kosin said.The captive porcupines helped her understand how they functioned on such a poor diet.” The first examines the difficulties of parenting a child with “problems in the structure and function in his brain” while dealing with the writer’s own chronic health issues.The second, by relating to the horror movie “Rosemary’s Baby,” tracks the writer’s history of sexual violence and fear of pregnancy.Kosin said hospitals will continue to watch the spread of the variant, though it’s too early to know exactly what it will do.

Both are remarkably honest and insightful in presenting lives too often hidden from view, lives that fuel compassion and that ultimately inspire.• Porcupines in her study area didn’t “hibernate on the hoof” by lowering their body temperatures to save energy.AQR seeks the best, most innovative and imaginative writing from anywhere, and it’s always a pleasure to find Alaskans in the mix.He said that’s likely something businesses outside of the health care sector are going to experience, too.Sara Eliza Johnson, author of “Unspeakable” mentioned above and a prize-winning poet with two poems in the last AQR issue, teaches in the MFA program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.The poetry section includes works by Alaskans Peggy Shumaker, Marie Tozier, Anne Coray and Olena Kalytiak Davis.2.They survived the winter by burning body fat and moving very little.Shumaker, a former Alaska writer laureate, is represented by two poems.

The first, “Come a Sickness,” seems at first that it might be speaking of an earlier pandemic but gradually opens to our current one.Alaska’s current case rate ranks the state 45th in the nation.“Left bereft/we masked ourselves.“Like a polar bear or a seal.” It moves from the literal sickness to “sickness of mind,/scams, lies,/the constant deliberate/epidemic of lies” and finally to images of breath as a blessing and a prayer.The person who died was a man in his 70s from the Hoonah-Angoon plus Yakutat area.Coray’s two poems artfully address the climate crisis with references to Pandora’s box of evils and roots of the word “holocaust.” A poem of longish lines and overall length, Craig van Rooyen’s “Steelhead,” asks a friend to remember a shared experience — ”the flooded cornfield of 1975 where stranded steelhead/thrash themselves down the harvested rows to nowhere.The rate of Alaskans who have received doses of vaccination remains largely unchanged since the state last reported those figures on Wednesday.• More than 20% of their meager dietary intake was lost in their urine, most likely a result of ridding their bodies of toxins stored in spruce needles.

” As the narrator looks down from his tinted office window at traffic and a woman smoking, he fingers an old scar on his knee “trying to believe us back into the world.” The imagery of the end will, as Emily Dickinson suggested the best poetry does, take the top of a reader’s head right off.Over 22% of Alaskans and military have received booster doses, according to state data.The final poem in the volume, Dorianne Laux’s “The Thermopolium,” begins with an epigraph about a 2,000-year-old food-and-drink shop being uncovered in Pompeii and imagines the living scene among the “soups and stews,/skewered meats, stacks of flatbread/honey cakes and candy made with figs.“(Eating) birch gives them a break from the toxins,” Coltrane said.” Laux goes on to envision people sprawling on steps or sitting by an open door, someone playing a lyre, barefoot children playing, “just like/New York before the pandemic,/before the many retreated and retired/to their living rooms to watch the news/on a loop.…” In the end, she revises what she used to think about the people of Pompeii “frozen in time.

” Altogether, this volume of AQR challenges and delights.To survive, porcupines depend on nutritious springtime greenery, which must be delicious after months of nibbling bark and spruce needles.Most of all, it asks readers to love language and to think about our world and how we live in it.As always, AQR’s cover features an arresting image representing Alaska.This time it’s a photograph of wild rhubarb by Fairbanks-based Kate Wool.Sponsored.

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;) AQR is a great publication. Ron Spatz deserves our thanks for starting this respected offering!

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