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Big Muddy 3.2

Cover Art:

“Sunflowers” is a digital photograph by Joel Ray,
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Cover Design:

Tim Baskin

Big Muddy 3.2


Dr. Susan Swartwout

Assistant Editor

Tim Baskin
Mandy Henley

Publishing Interns

Kristine Hehner
Tonia Ems

Editorial Assistants

Holly Raines
Gina Bader
Tom Eaton

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Erin Altemus, Montana
Calling in the Cows

T. Ledbetter, California
The Great Palm Sunday Rat Kill


Robert Bense, Pennsylvania
the Missouri

Nancy Hightower, Colorado

Tim Kidwell, Missouri
Sestina for a Lost Sister

John Cantey Knight, Louisiana
West Bank

Philip C. Kolin, Mississippi
September Edges

Michael D. Riley, Pennsylvania

Jon Thrower, Missouri

Sally Van Doren, Missouri
I Have Often Wondered

Gerald Wheeler, Texas
Training Wheels


Brian Ames, Missouri
This Organization Must Keep Iowa’s Roads Open

Charles Edward Brooks, Portugal
The Smoke of Ilium

Dixon Hearne, California
White Trash Wedding

Gypsy Jostes, Missouri
In Quest of  “It”                      

Mark Rigney, Indiana
The Good Underneath

B. Vandiver, California

Sumner Wilson, Missouri

Linda Marie Young, North Carolina
Visitation at a Confederate Grave


Susan Swartwout, Missouri
In the Garden District
Street Performer
Artist Michael Karim
Historic Collections Building

Gerald Wheeler, Texas
Drover and His Horse
Miss Hummingbird
1921 Dodge
Sad Vulture
Mural of a Poet


John Schell reviews:
Dobyns, Stephen. Eating Naked: Stories. Picador USA, 2001. Paper, 288 pp. $13. Short Fiction.

Matt Heger reviews:
Carbó, Nick. Secret Asian Man. Tia Chucha Press, 2000. Paper, 86 pp. $10.95. Fiction.

Gina Bader reviews:
Bukowski, Charles. Sifting through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way. HarperCollins, 2002. Hardcover, 395 pp. $27.50. Poetry

Leon Cluck reviews:
Allen, Dick. The Day Before. Sarabande Books, 2003. Paper, 115 pp. $12.95. Poetry.

Tiechera Samuell reviews:
Surowiecki, John. Watching Cartoons Before Attending a Funeral. White Pine Press, 2003. Paper, 88 pp. $14. Poetry.

Jason Sander reviews:
Wright, Carolyne. Season of Mangoes and Brainfire. Lynx House Press, 2000. Paper, 82 pp. $12.95. Poetry.
Kristine Hehner reviews:
Collins, Billy. Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems. Random House, 2002. Paper, 172 pp. $13.95. Poetry.

Ruth Seaber reviews:
Oliver, Mary. The Leaf and the Cloud. DaCapo, 2000. Paper, 55 pp. $14. Poetry.

Nikki Trokey reviews:
Katz, Joy. Fabulae. Southern Illinois University Press, 2002. Paper, 59 pp. $12.95. Poetry.