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In Defense of Not Requiring Attendance of Poetry Readings

In Defense of Not Requiring Attendance of Poetry Readings

By Candise Henson, Assistant Editor “A poem read aloud is by its nature a vision of its nature.   Vision you cannot now reenter, from which when you sound the words within later unaided and alone, you are expelled.”   – Frank Bidart, “Whitman”   Were I not publishing these thoughts on a forum linked […]

Endings are Hard — and Other Revelations

Endings are Hard — and Other Revelations

by Dusty Freund, Associate Managing Editor The ending of a story is merely the result of the story itself. Stories are planned, while endings just sort of happen. As a writer, that can be difficult to accept. The last story I had workshopped was received pretty well, but the consensus opinion was that the ending […]

Commit to the Grit

Commit to the Grit

by Victoria Wall, Assistant Editor It’s not new or edgy to use a poem as a catalyst for revealing the grotesque. I would be willing to bet “Beowulf” still raises quite a few hairs, as do many poems published between the 19th and 21st centuries. For instance, Browning’s account of a woman strangled to death […]

The Bonds of Autobiography

The Bonds of Autobiography

By Stacey Walker, Assistant Editor   The stories of life engage people at their most obscure and deep points of emotion: suffering, illness, pain, laughter, and happiness. For many, these stories create companionship, a place where we can all relate and bond on the same level. It is this level that is rooted in our […]

Draft Like a Fiction Writer, Revise Like a Poet

Draft Like a Fiction Writer, Revise Like a Poet

By John Fournie, Assistant Editor Poets are going to ruin me. Usually, when I read a poem for pleasure, I try to tease out the emotion the poem is trying to convey, examining a few nice verses, hoping to understand how the series of images and wordplay fits into the larger picture. If I’m lucky, […]

Stories Find Homes

Stories Find Homes

by Robert Barret, Assistant Editor Stories Find Homes They do. A couple weeks ago I read a story about a group of young boys who find a pair of handcuffs and, because of a dare and a lost key, one of the boys gets trapped in the manacles. It was rather capably written on a […]

Levity in Humor

Levity in Humor

by Myrta Vida, Assistant Editor “Tragedy is when I cut my finger; comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die” -Mel Brooks. There’s more to a story than just tragedy and right of passage for the main character. One can only read so many bildungsroman stories or tales of dark, stormy nights […]

Issue 33 Editorial Staff

Issue 33 Editorial Staff

Introducing the editorial staff for Issue 33 coming Spring 2015. Left to right back row: Candise Henson, Sarah Pitt, Abigail Matthews, Rita Chapman, Glenn Boothe, Jennifer Goldring, Matthew Freeman Left to right front row: Raf Redlinski, Mary Troy, Mary Grace Buckley, Chevy the Wonder Dog Share

Issue 32 Now Available

Issue 32 Now Available

Don’t miss Natural Bridge’s veterans theme issue. No. 32 is filled with compelling fiction, poetry, and essay. Order your copy or subscribe here. Share

2015 Pushcart Nominations

2015 Pushcart Nominations

Announcing our 2015 Pushcart Nominations!!!  Good luck writers. Our nominations in fiction are: 1) “Drift” by Cynthia Dockrell 2) “Casket” by Yasser El-Sayed 3) “Pie” by Leslie Johnson And our nominations for poetry are: 1) “Williamsburg” by Mark Hage 2) “Crash Centre” by David McLoghlin 3) “More Honored in the Breach: A Note to Ghost, […]

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