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Bennington Review is a stunning re-debut, having previously launched in 1966 and 1978, full of innovative and risk-taking prose and poetry. Its commitment to diverse voices cements its status as a journal to watch. We look forward to seeing what new artists its editors discover. 
—Maribeth Batcha, Ellen Duffer, Brigid Hughes, and Minna Zallman Proctor


ISSUE SEVEN: The Devotions
 

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POETRY

JAMES SHEA
Wake
Two-Body Problem

STEPHANIE ELLIS SCHLAIFER
From the Cabinet of Unconsciousness
(Lesser Animals)

From the Cabinet of Unconsciousness
(Whaling

JAN VERBERKMOES
Elegy as Hypothesis: Burning the Boat
Elegy as Subjunctive: Taxidermy of a
Swallow

MARGARET CIPRIANO
Camera Obscura Looking Inward
No Shepherd

JENNIFER L. KNOX
Marilyn, Every Day We Wonder

TANNER PRUITT
Nest

ERIN LYNCH
Catechism

DAVID BAKER
Checkpoint
Sensationalism

EMILY SIEU LIEBOWITZ
Goodbye 10
Goodbye 11

ANSLEY CLARK
I Am a Bad System

RACHEL GALVIN
Meat and Honey
One Sugar or Two

ALISON PELEGRIN
Our Lady of Thoughts and Prayers

MATTHEW THORBURN
Respair

MAUREEN THORSON
A Late Pardon

PAULA CISEWSKI
Brief Note on Forward Motion

KRISTEN STEENBEEKE
Warm Prayer Universe
Donating

SHEN HAOBO 
Prague Under Sunlight
(translated by Liang Yujing)

C. DALE YOUNG
Portrait in Sugar and Simple Prayer
Pastiche

ALEŠ ŠTEGER 
In the Children's Hospital
(translated by Brian Henry)

AM RINGWALT 
[Some people]
The Agony in the Garden

CHRISTINE GOSNAY
That God Is No Longer Here

COLBY COTTON
Devotional

DEVON WOOTTEN
[I share your disappointment.]

PETER MISHLER
Pastoral by Mattel

ADRIENNE SU
Chinese Restaurant Syndrome

WILLIAM EVANS
Still[ain’t]life

JEFFREY MCDANIEL
Arroyo Burro Beach
Amsterdam

BRANDON RUSHTON
What if There’s Something Out There

JAMES GRINWIS
Quartet of One
Recipe for Luck 7

SAMUEL AMADON 
For Lucie Brock-Broido

ERIC PANKEY
Available Light

ZANG DI
An Instant of Immortality Primer
Ashes Primer
(translated from Chinese by Eleanor
Goodman)

PETER STRECKFUS 
An Allegory

ELLEN BOYETTE
[In this one the nurse takes my height and
weight only to find I hold controversial
beliefs about sunsets causing seizures]

KATHARINE WHITCOMB
Flame in a Jar

CAYLIN CAPRA-THOMAS
The Book of Giants

ADAM CLAY
In Bed and Where Is the Sun?

PETER COOLEY
Advent Poem

SARAH MANGOLD 
Flicker

KIRSTEN IHNS
In the Gladely Void

ENDI BOGUE HARTIGAN
the cuckoo before it emerges
more a clothespin

MATTHEW HENRIKSEN
I Left the Route to the Judgment of My
Horse
Redacted Reflection

DUJIE TAHAT
Ghazal After Ghazal Wherein I Keep
Leaving My Ex-Wife

AYA SATOH 
Apophatic

STEFFI DREWES
from Count Like It Calms You [stop
writing toothache and hangnail]
from Count Like It Calms You [still can’t
find your footing]

JOSHUA HARMON
Holyoke Range

JESSICA GOODFELLOW 
Orange

G.C. WALDREP
[St. Melangell’s Day, Eastnor (V)]
[Ely Cathedral]

NATHAN HOKS
Soul Ode

ANTONIA POZZI
Rag
Prayer to Poetry
(translated by Amy Newman)

OWEN MCLEOD
Ricketts Creek

BRANDI NICOLE MARTIN
Hands

LAUREN CAMP
Deliberate Days

BRONWEN TATE 
A Sickness Does Not Resemble

HEATHER GREEN
Fable for a Genome

CARY STOUGH
Glossolalia
The Insect That Glitters Has the Brave
Sequined Eye of the Dancer

DEBORAH BERNHARDT
That Your Word is [Your] Bond

SARAH DESTIN
[Perforate, a tympani drum strung tighter
and tighter over a rim]
[Pleasure is money dipped in honey, cold
hard cash lathered with butter]

CORI A. WINROCK
How to Preserve a Spacesuit

ALISHA DIETZMAN
Self-Portrait as the Television Series
Workaholics

SANDRA NELSON
One

CHRISTIAN WESSELS
ROM Cycle

 

FICTION

SABRINA ORAH MARK
The Professor

JOANNA NOVAK
Lamb, Goat, Tongue

CHRIS STUCK
Give My Love to the Savages

MAUD CASEY
Bells of Loudun

PABLO PIÑERO STILLMANN
Versus the Brown Socks

SU-YEE LIN
Cacti Prickle

MARY BREADEN
Newlands Corner

ROGER TOPP
Shore-fast Ice

JACKIE THOMAS-KENNEDY
Sister Joan

NONFICTION

JOANNA LULOFF
The Body

JENNY BOULLY
Skinhead Joe

SPENCER REECE
A Broken Altar

JOSIP NOVAKOVICH
Nikola Kečanin

JOAN CONNOR
Oddments and Oddities: An
Unanticipated Elegy (for my father)

HEATHER J. MACPHERSON
The Falling Man

TYLER MILLS
Gone: An Elegy

D. GILSON
Genesis

FILM

WILL STOCKTON
Child’s Play

INTERVIEW

SABRINA ORAH MARK
in conversation with
VI KHI NAO

COVER ART

JOCHEM HENDRICKS
Hansi