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Alaska Quarterly Review

Volume 29, No. 3 & 4

Fall & Winter 2012



National Cherry Blossom Day Lenore Myka
Local Girl Jenny Hanning
Night Birds

Amy Sayre-Roberts

A Home Like Someone Else's Home Victoria Kelly
Grendel's Mother Katherine Heiny

Other People's Children

Victoria Lancelotta

Rooms Like These Have No Doors

Nicole Miller
NamesLaura Jok
Arya Dina Nayeri
Heaven's Chief Musician
Kirk Perry

Thirteen Attempts

Eva Saulitis

The Clock Test

Francesca Mari

The Hitler Fund
Sandra Kobrin

Waiting for Red Dawn

Jesse Goolsby


Urgent Beauties:
30th Anniversary Poems


Jane Hirshfield

30th Anniversary Poems:
Part One

Jane Hirshfield, Guest Editor

About My Father
Robert Bly
Day Sounds Billy Collins

Alaska Aubade (Summer)

Olena Kalytiak Davis

Lyric Poet Disease

Stuart Dischell
Pomade Rita Dove
Pescadero Mark Doty
If a Clown Stephen Dunn
Ravenswood Stuart Dybek

Sad Beauty

Nancy Eimers

Small Hut

Tess Gallagher

Healed by Fascination

Patricia Hampl

As the Roots Prepare for Literature Brenda Hillman

The Stone of Heaven

Jane Hirshfield

What the Living Do

Marie Howe

Sprung Rhythm of a Landscape

Yusef Komunyakaa

Elegy Beginning with Half a Line from Ben Jonson

Maxine Kumin

Juneau Spring

Dorianne Laux

Hidden Hearing

Li-Young Lee


Robert Pinsky

In General

Pattiann Rogers
Pentimenti Kay Ryan
The Dog Michael Ryan

Long Before We Got Here, Long After We're Gone
Peggy Shumaker

Independence Day

Gerald Stern
The Scattered Congregation
Tomas Tranströmer

In the Electricity of Love, Its Lightning Strike
Jean Valentine

The Death of the Magician

David Wagoner

Being As I Was, How Could I Help
Eleanor Wilner


Kevin Young
Poem for Delkash
Matthew Zapruder

30th Anniversary Poems:
Part Two

Todd Boss, Guest Editor


For an Old Runner

Todd Boss
I Don't Suppose We Have UsJennifer Denrow
The WhyAlex Dimitrov
Two Story
Jill Alexander Essbaum

Phone Call from My Sister, Who Believes She's Reactivated a Vanished Twin in Her Jawbone

Anna Journey

Newly Arrived in the World

Athena Kildegaard
Hither-and-YonRickey Laurentiis
O2, North GreenwichLorraine Mariner
I Was FlyingMalena Mörling
Before the Boat is a BoatMatthew Nienow
FromJill Osier
from BizarreNathaniel Perry
With an Old Oar, Light Turning the FogGretchen Steele Pratt
The One We're Falling IntoDerek Sheffield
Lightning ConductorJon Stone

30th Anniversary Poems:
Part Three

Camille Dungy, Guest Editor

Song: Running AwayDan Bellm
from Rocket FantasticGabrielle Calvocoressi

Nocturne in the Shadow of a Dormant Volcano
Oliver de la Paz
[eh-met tilz feys]Samantha De Trinidad
Glacial ErraticsCamille T. Dungy
The WhaleAracelis Girmay
Anaberto Skypes with His MotherRigoberto González

Before Blood After Honey

Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Global StudiesJames Hoch
The Labor of Stagger Lee: LionDouglas Kearney

The Origin of Feathers in My Windshield

Aimee Nezhukumatathil


Patrick Rosal


Natasha Sajé

Sotto Voce: Othello, Unplugged
Tim Seibles


Evie Shockley


About the Cover

A Japanese glass fishing float rests in a bed of wild geranium, Yakatat, Alaska.

© 2012 by Clark James Mishler

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