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Table of Contents | Number 64


David St. John

Damian’s Tale

Script for the Lost Reflection (Lake George)

The Black Jaguar

My Life as Sandoz Mescaline 
(Bolinas Snapshot, 1972)

Jill McDonough

Name Day

Governing Lethal Behavior in 
Autonomous Robots

Nicole Robinson

At the Black Swamp Bird 
Observatory Banding Station

Where the goldfinch


Nazim Hikmet

For Tyrants Everywhere

Claire Eder

Flint, MI

Tropical Storm Pyrrha

Billy Clem

Aubade on American Flight 6901

At 40

9 November 2016

Pancreatic Cancer, October, Month Two

Penultimate Day

Daisy Fried

Why She Kicked Me

Kuno Raeber


At The Door

Thousand-and-One Night: Desert



Tom Sleigh


Charles Bardes

Disease, Faraway Love


Distortion: Nathaniel Bacon on the Heretic

Distortions on Francis Bacon

Sarah C. Harwell


No Weeping

Light Talk

Here at the End of the World

Anna Journey

Middle School Sleepover: Jessica 
Accidentally Steps on My Right


The Dildophone

Mark Irwin


I wanted to tell about the weight of it

Like trying to reassemble with twine & glue a 
bird’s nest blown apart in wind

Tom Yuill



Tomás Q. Morín

American Valentine

Pamela Harrison

I Wanted to Write A Love Poem, But

A Presence Like Some Bell

Fatal Pantoum

Open, Close, Open


Anne Guidry


Michael Walsh



Bob Cowser, Jr

Red Beans


Beautiful Imperfections: A Conversation

with Gretchen Marquette


David Rodriguez-Martinez

The Noir Sensibilities of Pizzolatto’s 
Between Here and the Yellow Sea

Janna Knittel

The Nature of Nature: Wanek’s Rival Gardens

Front Cover Issue 64

We’re proud to introduce this issue of Great River Review, the first produced at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. We offer gratitude to our distinguished predecessors: founded in 1977 by Emilio DeGrazia of Winona, Minnesota, Great River Review was edited by Robert Hedin and published biannually by the Anderson Center from 1996 to 2016. Works published in Great River Review have been reprinted in Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small PressesBest American Travel Essays, and Best American Sports Stories. The journal itself was the recipient of the 2002 Minnesota State Book Award for its twenty-fifth anniversary issue.

Like other literary journals today, Great River Review depends upon a select but passionate readership, who appreciate fine writing in all its forms and understand the vital role that small journals have played in modern literature. In that spirit, this issue offers creative work from writers with international reputations as well as those just beginning to publish. I’m particularly gratified to see how much this issue reflects the hard work and inspired thinking of our graduate students at UMN. Creative writers and scholars, dedicated to literature as well as publishing, these student editors give me cause for optimism about the future of American letters. I hope that, if you find the same passion in these pages, you’ll subscribe. In the meantime, enjoy.

Peter Campion