Willows Wept Review:

Issue Twenty-Nine: Summer 2023

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Published by:
Troy Urquhart
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
60 pages Perfect-bound
Literature & Writing
creative writing, fiction, literature, nature, non-fiction, poetry

This issue explores loss, recognizing its inevitability while resisting its hardening effect. The opening poem witnesses the destruction of trees for power lines, while "Everything Rural Will Be Razed" acknowledges that brokenness now prevails. These feelings can overwhelm—as in "Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant”—but "Richland Centre, Wisconsin" reminds us that hardness “can be softened / by a swale of grass,” and "Hush Now" offers a lullaby outside the brokenness of public discourse. "Flightline" posits the lasting impact of loss as eventual protection, and the closing poem suggests a way forward with a newfound perspective on familiar terrain.

Issue Twenty-Nine includes work by Amanda Hayden, Amanda Nicole Corbin, Annette Sisson, Becky Boling, Claire Massey, Claudia M. Reder, D. E. Green, Daniel Brennan, Jeff Burt, Julie A. Ryan, Katie Kalisz, Katie Mora, Laura Hope-Gill, Marcy Beller Paul, Roxanne Cardona, Stephen Barile, and Tina Plottel. The issue's cover art is by Hillary Calamaras.

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Willows Wept Review: Issue Twenty-Nine: Summer 2023

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