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Big Muddy 9.2

Cover Photo:

Cover photo of Ed Wubbena by Chris Wubbena
Sculpture inset on cover: “winners and losers: in god they trust,” by Chris Wubbena

Cover Design:

Matthew Long

Big Muddy 9.2


Dr. Susan Swartwout

Assistant Editor

Donna J. Essner
Matthew Long

Publishing Interns

Tara Delaney
Taryn Heid
Clinton Borror
Kaleigh Blackwood
Danielle Schlosser
Karina Dewing

Editorial Assistants

Marcia Herring

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Rane Arroyo, Ohio
Catfish Sundays

Walter Bargen, Missouri
Everything exists in its own imperfection

Kristin Berkey-Abbott, Florida
Thanks Giving

Durrant Delgado, Ohio
Lackland Air Force Base, Summer 2005

Paul Felsch, Missouri
Carried Away

John Fitzpatrick, New York
The Hip

Barbara Freimuth, Missouri

John Grey, Rhode Island
Storm on the Mississippi

Elizabeth Harmon, Ohio
What You Want

Jennifer Long, Minnesota
Hunkake Etanhan Yuhapi

Angie Marci, Arkansas
After They Married
Seawall Boulevard

Mark Sanders, Texas
My Son, at Post, Camp Victory, Baghdad
The Poets

Jean-Mark Sens, Louisiana
Fifteen Year Cicadas

Robert Joe Stout, Mexico
Message to a Picture: My Mother in Her Show Biz Flapper Dress

Kelly Talbot, Indiana

Lisa Vihos, Wisconsin
Huck Forever

Laura Madeline Wiseman, Nebraska
Dead Girl Brand II


Ernest K. Allaire, Spain
Blues Fallin’ Down Like Hail

Carolyn Light Bell, Minnesota
Why I Fight With Bobbie But Not Billie

Phil Harvey, Maryland
Tomato Only

Jennifer Hotop, Missouri

Ronald Lands, Tennessee
Heart Sounds

Jessica Pitchford, Florida
The Soloist 


Aaron Gilbreath, Arizona
No Sidesaddled Pig

Lisa Knopp, Nebraska
Nauvoo, The Beautiful Place

Keith A. Sculle, Illinois
In Public View And Private Memory: Gobblers Knob Deer Park


Serena Beam reviews:
Rathkamp, Josh. Some Nights No Cars At All. Ausable Press, 2007. Paper, 91 pp., $14.00

Airek Beauchamp reviews:
Siken, Richard. Crush. Yale University Press, 2005. Paper, 80 pp., $17.00.

Caitlin Brown reviews:
Goldbarth, Albert. To Be Read in 500 Years. Graywolf Press, 2009. Paper, 185 pp., $16.00.

Nicholas Cato reviews:
Crisler, Curtis L. Tough Boy Sonatas. Wordsong, 2007. Paper, 88 pp., $19.95.

Lauren Ditter reviews:
Courter, Justin. Skunk: A Love Story. Omnidawn, 2007. Paper, 352 pp., $14.95.

Donna J. Essner reviews:
Walker, Frank X. When Winter Come: The Ascension of York. University of Kentucky Press, 2008. Paper, 117 pp., $15.00.

Stryk, Dan. Solace of the Aging Mare. The Mid-America Press, 2008. Paper, 72 pp. $10.00.

Marcia Herring reviews:
Goytisolo, Juan. Juan the Landless. Dalkey Archive Press, 2010. Paper, 178 pp., $13.95.

Matthew Long reviews:
Mulvey, Bern. The Fat Sheep Everyone Wants. Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2008. Paper, 62 pp., $15.95.

Blake Perkins reviews:
Postel, Charles. The Populist Vision. Oxford University Press, 2007. Paper 397 pp., $22.95

Caleb Tankersley reviews:
Erdrich, Heid E. National Monuments. Michigan State University Press, 2008. Paper, 96 pps., $16.95.

Scott Welton reviews:
Lilley, Gary Copeland. Alpha Zulu. Ausable Press, 2008. Paper. 83 pp. $14.00.