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Big Muddy 6.2

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“Emerson Bridge” by Jake Wells

Cover Design:

Wade Christian

Big Muddy 6.2


Dr. Susan Swartwout

Assistant Editor

Wade Christian
Mandy Henley

Publishing Interns

Barbara Jenkins
Freeman Fouts
Amanda Dunn
Chandra Howard
Katy Wehmeier

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Malcolm Garcia, Kansas
Dear Mr. Titler

Louis E. Bourgeois, Mississippi
On Bayou Sauvage: The Life and Death of Jeanfreaux’s Fishermen’s Rest

Nathan J. Bolls, New Mexico
Sweet Potatoes

Sarah Miller, Mississippi


Mary Cantrell, Oklahoma

M. Kinder
Bay at the Moon

Dennis Vannatta, Arkansas
Rag and Bone


Gerald R. Wheeler, Texas
Auto 1
Auto 2
Flag Wings
Scooter Parade
Art Car Girls
Guard Dog


Jeannine Dobbs, New Hampshire
Looking for America

Frank Jamison, Tennessee
In an All Night Diner in Tennessee

John Cantey Knight, Louisiana
Valse de ‘Cadien

J.T. Ledbetter, California
Mississippi Headwaters

Judson Simmons, New York
My Brother the Fisherman

Gerald R. Wheeler, Texas

Harold Quinn, North Carolina
DeSoto Parish, 1938

Garland Strother, Louisiana
Radio Sermon

Fredrick Zydek, Nebraska
To Speak of Something Lonely

John Weber, Missouri
The Bridge Between

Terry Savoie, Iowa
Crossing the Centennial Bridge Spanning the Mississippi River, Iowa to Illinois

Robert Hamblin


Benjamin Marxer reviews:
Barkan, Seth “Fingers” Flynn. Blue Wizard Is About to Die: Prose, Poems, and Emoto-Versatronic Expressionist Pieces About Video Games (1980–2003). Rusty Immelman P, 2004. Paper, 150 pp. $15. Poetry.

B.B. Jenkins reviews:
Marvin, Lee, and Jeffrey Skinner. Passing the Word: Writers on Their Mentors. Sarabande Books, 2001. Paper, 232 pp. $16.95. Nonfiction.

Anna-Marie Beard reviews:
De Luna, Blas Manuel. Bent to the Earth. Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2005. Paper, 64 pp. $13.95. Poetry.

Michele Metych reviews:
Hill, Robert. When All Is Said and Done. Graywolf Press, 2006. Paper, 220 pp. $20. Fiction.

Kris Yesley reviews:
Smoker, M.L. Another Attempt at Rescue. Hanging Loose Press, 2005. Paper, 64 pp. $14. Poetry.

John Weber reviews:
Shipley, Vivian. Hardboot: Poems New and Old. Louisiana Literature Press, 2005. Paper, 124 pp. $14.95. Poetry.

Tara Shoemaker reviews:
Lee, Ed-Bok. Real Karaoke People. New Rivers Press, 2005. Paper, 99 pp. $13.95. Poetry.

Warren D. Anderson reviews:
Garrison, Philip. Because I Don’t Have Wings: Stories of Mexican Immigrant Life. University of Arizona Press, 2006. Paper, 149 pp. $16.95. Nonfiction.

Nicholas Bowden reviews:
Richards, Susan Starr. The Hanging in the Foaling Barn. Sarabande Books, 2006. Paper, 168 pp. $14.95. Short Fiction.

Susan Swartwout reviews:
Barnett, Mary Ann. The Invisible Girl Dresses Herself: Poems. Cicada Wing Books, 2006. Paper, 100 pp. $13.95. Poetry.

Dale Haskell reviews:
Heller, Steve. Father’s Mechanical Universe. BkMk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2001. Paper, 100 pp. $13.95. Fiction.

Dale Haskell reviews:
James, Randy. Why Cows Learn Dutch and Other Secrets of Amish Farms. Kent State UP, 2005. Cloth, 180 pp. $24.95. Nonfiction.

Dale Haskell reviews:
Vivian, Robert. Cold Snap as Yearning. University of Nebraska Press, 2001. Paper, 150 pp. $13.95. Nonfiction.