Triquarterly New Writers

Overview

This unique collection is a showcase for new writers whose work has won recognition in the medium of the literary magazine. Containing the work of five poets and five fiction writers, the anthology shows a great diversity of aesthetic approach, of cultural materials and background, and of artistic project. From an O. Henry Award winner to an MBA, these writers surprise and enlighten.

Contributors: Yolanda Barnes, Tammie Bob, Terri Brown-Davidson, Eileen Cherry, Loretta Collins, ...

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Overview

This unique collection is a showcase for new writers whose work has won recognition in the medium of the literary magazine. Containing the work of five poets and five fiction writers, the anthology shows a great diversity of aesthetic approach, of cultural materials and background, and of artistic project. From an O. Henry Award winner to an MBA, these writers surprise and enlighten.

Contributors: Yolanda Barnes, Tammie Bob, Terri Brown-Davidson, Eileen Cherry, Loretta Collins, Page Dougherty Delano, Steve Fay, William Loizeaux, Dean Shavit, and Cassandra Smith.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This anthology, compiled by the editors of TriQuarterly Books, is an attempt to bring to the attention of a wider audience 10 diverse writers known mostly to readers of literary magazines. The 33 poems and stories here aren't the strenuous fare one might think, but instead light stuff that might be read in the park or on the subway without too much time or strain. The main problem is that most of the stories and poems presented are of the slice-of-life variety, and simply because an experience is written down, it does not necessarily make for a moving tale. Despite all attempts to present this compilation as otherwise, it is extremely reductive. The single exception available is William Loiseaux's "The Greenskeeper," by far the only significant piece. The point of the collection ultimately seems to be to keep a vapid grin on the reader's face. This is an easy, unchallenging read and little more. (June)
Booknews
A collection of 33 stories by 10 authors recently featured in Northwestern University's publication TriQuarterly. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Michele Leber
There is a wide diversity of material in this collection of work by five poets and five fiction writers previously recognized only in literary magazines such as "TriQuarterly". Ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic level, and age vary from writer to writer, giving all readers windows to lives different from their own. Distinctions between literary formats also seem to blur, with the spare short stories of Cassandra Smith as resonant as Steve Fay's poetic "Milkweed Parable." Among the most haunting are the poems of Loretta Collins, revealing untimely death and child sexual abuse among quotidian details; William Loizeaux's stories of the consequences of unintended acts; and Yolanda Barnes' story "Red Lipstick," portraying a bond of friendship stretched but never broken. A noteworthy collection by writers whose recognition is well deserved.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810150577
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Series: TriQuarterly Books Series
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Red Lipstick 1
Sometimes Pain Waits 11
The Fate of Great Love 19
Match (Blessed Is the Match) 36
Block Bebe 51
Puppets 53
Three Marys 56
The Meatpacker's Dream 59
Skulls in the Woods 61
The Sexual Jackson Pollock 64
The Winter Barrel 67
Her Crowning Glory 75
Fetish 83
El Dia de los Muertos 87
Soup 90
Hayward, California, 1968 92
Photo, Fable, Field Trip 95
Justine Has a Few Words for the Marquis de Sade 97
Reba Talks of the August Strike 101
Electricity 104
We Are All Girls 105
Naming the Body 107
The Milkweed Parables 112
Intimacy Lessons 127
Lowilva Letters 130
The Greenskeeper 134
Beside the Passaic 160
Dressing the Dead 179
A Marriage 182
In Her Kitchen 184
Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall 185
The Clock 187
Mothers: Three Stories 190
Biographical Notes 197
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