New Ohio Review Issue 7 (originally printed, Spring 2010)

New Ohio Review is archiving previous editions as they originally appeared. We are pairing the pieces with curated artwork, as well as select audio recordings. In collaboration with our past contributors, we are happy to (re)-present this outstanding work.

Issue 7 compiled by Rylee Reis.

My Sky Diary

By Claire Bateman

Featured Image: Sunset over the Catskills by Frederic Edwin Church, American, 1870-1880

Because it’s my book,

I will treat it however I want.
I will crack its spine, though not its spirit.

I will bend back the corners of its pages along the margins of whose cold fronts

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Tree Talk

By Claire Bateman

Featured Image: Trees by Maurice Prendergast 1918

Everywhere in town you hear: “The forest’s on the move again”— our forest!

Not ours, exactly,

but we feel it to be so, since its visitation ensnares our limbs

as, at every crosswalk, neighbors duck and flinch, weaving carefully through, apparently,

nothing at all—

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A Pocket Introduction to Our Universe

By Claire Bateman

Featured Image: The Throne of Saturn by Elihu Vedder 1883-1884

What does our universe most like to do?

To contort without any warning into nothing but corners,

an awkward though not unbeautiful configuration.

Of what elements is our universe composed?

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What Bliss, When Exuberance Overruns Its Banks

By Lance Larsen

Featured Image: Ocean Swells by Winslow Homer 1895

As in a certain exit ramp outside Seattle,

a glissando of cement and steel

that promises release, or at least a shortcut

to the Sound, then sheers off into sky,

or stretches of Hemingway when dialogue tags

fall off the page, leaving only God

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Between the Heaves of Storm

By Lance Larsen

Featured Image: Approaching Storm by Edward Mitchell Bannister 1886

We have buried our aunt with words and hymns.

Now to finish the job with dirt.

In the front of the church, a hearse

waits to lead the cortège of headlights

to the cemetery two miles away.

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Brushes with #3

By Emily Toder

Featured Image: Abstract by Carl Newman 1858-1932

I was being chased by a rhombus I had gone up to it

a medium-sized rhombus the size of a float it had enchanted me standing in its canopy a stone-faced rhombus and yet a rhombus with real drive

I had to get through all this landscape to get the rhombus off my trail

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Mysterious Neighbors

By Connie Wanek

Featured Image: The Thundershower by H. Lyman Saÿen 1916

Country people rise early

as their distant lights testify.

They don’t hold water in common. Each house has a personal source, like a bank account,

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By Eric Schwerer

Featured Image: Sunset, Oxford by George Elbert Burr 1899

Here every evening a woman

strides into her backyard calling

her rabbit which raises an ear when she sings:

Peppermint’s eyes’re red, His fur’s so white, Oh

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The Last Litter

By Melissa Cistaro

Featured Image: Sunset by Edward Mitchell Bannister 1883


It’s a nice place to visit my mom, a lot better than the last one. I get to stay for almost a week and even be here for my tenth birthday. There’s a bed with a blue quilt, a shelf piled high with boxes of puzzles and the scent of my mom’s L’Air du Temps perfume drifting down the hallway. She lives on this dairy farm with 180 cows and her new boyfriend, Roger Short. One of the first things she mentioned about Roger is that he’s colorblind. She says he can’t see how horrible the wall-to-wall chartreuse carpet looks in his house—in fact he can’t see the color green at all. I think that’s a shame, because there are green fields like patchwork for miles around his farm. But then again, I suppose that being colorblind is just fine for Roger since he only raises black-and-white cows.

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The Woman Who Didn’t Know How

By Maya Jewell Zeller

Featured Image: Clouds and Sunset, Jamaica by Frederic Edwin Church 1865

Her skin was too human too often, hands too happy to touch the splintered

door of a barn, too easily moved toward

a nettle, too ready to cover her mouth

when she gasped in joy, so she let

the aliens take her when they came.

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Help Is On the Way

By John Brehm

Featured Image: Clouds and Rainbows, Jamaica by Frederic Edwin Church 1865

Time heals all wounds

except those



flicts—and in

time even those.

John Brehm is the author of three books of poetry, most recently No Day at the Beach, and a volume of essays, The Dharma of Poetry. He’s the editor of The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy and the associate editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Originally published in NOR Spring 2010.

An Iris Murdoch Reader

By John Drexel

Featured Image: Sun and Clouds by Winslow Homer 1882

Everyone knows something. No one knows everything.

Most know less than they think.

As in life, there is much confusion,

especially about love. The girl in the basement kitchen,

grown disenchanted with the scholar

who is confused about the shape of his career,

considers entering a nunnery in Argentina.

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Love Song (Lame)

By Courtney Queeney

Featured Image: Study of Clouds, Rome, Italy by Francis Augustus Lathrop 1893-94

This is a little like high school

he said, when I wouldn’t take off my clothes.

It was true, although in high school

I would’ve come over to torture him deliberately

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Her New Plan

By Kevin Casey

Featured Image: Desert Vista by Benjamin C. Brown 1932

The original plan: move to Los Angeles. Take acting classes. Meet people. Audition. Act. Get famous. (Not Katie Holmes famous. Kate Winslet famous.) Win awards. Get rich. Meet people. Shoot heroin and drown in a bathtub at Chateau Marmont, spawning sudden posthumous appreciation for the life’s work of Jill Dawson, the Actress.

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Lonesome While Kissing

By Jim Daniels

Featured Image: Clouds by H. Lyman Saÿen 1910-12

She would be dead in twenty years.

I never felt as lonely

as kissing her in between auto shop

and the field house, imagining

wind wouldn’t find us

but it did.

We pulled apart and said nothing.

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La Vie Ordinaire

By Mark Kraushaar

Featured Image: Kanawha River Valley by Samuel Colman 1888-90

Monsieur LeBrun est un ingénieur chimiste:

on page 8 of our ninth grade French One text

Mr. Brown was just leaving for work

and behind him, always, always, there was Madame

in her pretty print dress and beside her the waving twins

Marcel and Marie—Au revoir, Papa!

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By Mark Kraushaar

Featured Image: Landscape by Peter von Bemmel 1685-1754

She’s in the first booth left of the planters.

She’s been waiting an hour now.

She’s been waiting at the Watertown Family Buffet

with her little girl who’s dreamed up

some kind of a costume:

giant glasses, backwards cap, taffeta gown

which is clearly for him, for Al who’s

just now arriving, finally, and now

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Bridal Shower

By George Bilgere

Featured Image: A Bride by Abbott Handerson Thayer 1895

Perhaps, in a distant café,

four or five people are talking

with the four or five people

who are chatting on their cell phones this morning

in my favorite café.

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The Day After My Death

By Jeff Worley

Featured Image: Italian or Swiss Town by Frederic Edwin Church 1868

—after lines by Michael Van Walleghen

The moon, stars and weather

will happen as they always have,

though surely with my breath gone

the wind, in some slight measure,

will falter. Absent my footsteps

the earth will feel along its spine

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