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Issue 8.1 / January 2022


Letter From the Co-Editor

Rosanna Gargiulo


Photographs by Aaron Burden

I wanted immunity, kindness, the forgiveness of millions—
and one half hour of prime American time each week.

I Loved Lucy

Maureen Seaton

In fiction, mothers often get taken for granted. Literature, like the blues, is a refuge for those with tattered souls, uneasy hearts, and woeful sighs.

The Half-Life of Human Memory

Adrian S. Potter

And last-minute plans! How could I have forgotten the delight of last-minute plans? It’s so nice out today! Want to go to the beach? Pick you up in twenty.

A Catalog of Forgotten Joys

Rebecca Turkewitz

The Maine Review’s Author Interview Series

Radicle: The Roots of Writers

featuring Fred D’Aguiar

Discover the breakthrough moments of award-winning writer Fred D’Aguiar, author of YEAR OF PLAGUES: A MEMOIR OF 2020, published by HarperCollins in 2021. With Interviewer Shanta Lee Gander, D’Aguiar discusses reckoning with history as a prerequisite for embracing future optimism.

Following the interview, read and listen to new work from D’Aguiar: a poem dedicated to his late friend and fellow poet, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze.

Read the interview


My Birthfather Explains His Death

Amanda Auchter

Elegy with Steam

William Fargason

These Things Permit Less Gratitude
So Many Dead

Robert Carr


Lilian Dube

because horse is the closest i can get to it

Patrycja Humienik

I Loved Lucy

Maureen Seaton


Robin Gow


Manaal Azhar

The Devotions

Lauren Camp


Lillo Way

The Answer for Everything

Tara Ballard

Basho’s Death Poem, New York City

Winner of the 2021 Maine Postmark Poetry Contest

Mike Bove



Coyote Shook

Tell Me the Secret of Your Great Strength

Colleen Abel

The Atomic Age

Albert McFarland


Aisha Ashraf

Faith at A&W

Shawna Ervin

Until All the Matches Are Burnt

Paul Rousseau

A Catalog of Forgotten Joys

Rebecca Turkewitz

Congratulations to Mike Bove, winner of the Belfast Poetry Festival’s 2021 Maine Postmark Poetry Contest!

Read his award-winning poem, “Basho’s Death Poem, New York City.”

Contest judge Alexandria Peary described the winning poem:

“If ‘Basho’s Death Poem, New York City’ decided to stop being a poem, it would probably become an origami finger game, one of those paper contraptions that children use to amuse playmates. The poem is a series of poetic-logical folds, intuitive and deductive at the same time. The interplay between Basho, a death poem, poems that apparently stay as prewriting in a notebook (preferring seclusion like someone napping in a hotel) but somehow push the speaker out the door, and the contemporary urban setting is sheer magic!”

Congratulations to the Finalists, including Katherine Hagopian Berry, a Poetry Reader for The Maine Review.