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Personal and Politically Poignant: A Review of CutBank 88

CutBank, the University of Montana’s biannual literary journal, features fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction by both established and emerging authors. The journal’s most recent edition, CutBank 88, exhibits a distinct Americanness in terms of place and identity. Like the characters in Courtney Graggett’s mythic story “Dry Border,” a father and son who are Mexican immigrants in southwest Texas, the readers of CutBank 88 also traverse the physical challenges and emotional complexities…

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Excerpts from Small Pieces by Micheline Aharonian Marcom, art by Fowzia Karimi

In Winter, Again The orange-breasted robins are in the garden today for the second time in January. Dozens of them pushing up and flying out from the wild red berry bush to the tall redwood and back, roiling lifting the air as if the air were waves on the ocean and the bird movement stormwinds. Below the bird wings, closer to the ground, the air…

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Review of So Far So Good: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Lasting Meditative Landscape

After her death at the age of 88 earlier this year, Ursula K. Le Guin unleashed a wake of spirituality, meditation, reflection, and journey upon her readers with the release of her posthumous collection of poems So Far So Good (Copper Canyon Press, 2018). The poems lead the reader on a solitary journey by way of boat, through sunrises, sunsets, and vast hills. Though the…

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10 Themed Anthologies & Journals Seeking Submissions

Did you miss the submission deadline for Portland Review’s themed anthology, Unchartable: On Environmental Unknowns? Or, are you looking for journals and anthologies accepting themed writing? Here is a list of ten journals we think you should consider as homes for your work: Puerto del Sol Theme: Absence Deadline: Oct 30, 2018 For details, click here. Indiana Review & Split Lip Magazine Theme: Collaboration Deadline:…

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2018 Best of the Net Nominations

Portland Review is pleased to announce its nominations for the 2018 Best of the Net anthology. A very warm congratulations to our nominees: Fiction: Mike Corrao, “Business and Sales” Molly Gutman, “You and the Clarinetist” Nonfiction: Massoud Hayoun, “The Puerto Ricans” Chila Woychik, “A Rural Spring – 14 Days” Poetry: Paul Freidinger, “What Is It That Lasts?” Christine Kitano, “Denim” Ryan Masters, selections from “5 Poems”…

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