Bennington Review has won the CLMP 2017 Firecracker Award for Best Debut Magazine!

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 THREE: Threat
 



POETRY

EMILY BROWN
Nightmares
These Days

ANAÏS DUPLAN
from Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus
[You waste]
[Are you tired. Yes, everyday. You can write]
[At the school dances, black and white girls shook on the floor.]

SARA SHEINER
Obituary

CHRISTOPHER DAVIS
To Have a Choice

AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL
One-Star Reviews of the Taj Mahal
One-Star Reviews of the Great Wall of China

ADAM DAY
Gift Horse

MARY RUEFLE
Chain of Flowers
Maria and The Halls of Perish
Dunce

NATALIE SHAPERO
Home, Followed by Tall Buildings
Pennsylvania

NATALIE SCENTERS-ZAPICO
A Crown of Gold Snakes on My Head

CLAIRE WAHMANHOLM
Simon Says
Descent

KAREN RIGBY
Portrait as Latin American Film Festival Entry No. 37
Portrait as Matryoshka

SARAH ROSE NORDGREN
The Box My Mother Keeps
Movie Night

JUSTIN RUNGE
Hermitage

GARY MCDOWELL
History Repeats Itself, as Seen from My Hotel Room Window

JAMES HOCH
Fayum Portrait

JENNIFER CONLON
Five Years Post-Deployment

ELIZABETH ONUSKO
Fight-or-Flight Is an Imperfect Theory
Ancestral Home Tour

ALEXANDRIA HALL
A Series of Losses
In the Nets

SARAH MCCANN
Tragedy of the Sheep

GABRIELLE BATES
Judas Goat
Repentance Circles Itself Before Sleeping

MATT MILLER
Lieutenant Glahn’s Happy Twin

CYNTHIA CRUZ
Artaud
Innenwelt

CLAIRE HERO
Coyotl Escapes the Weeded Tongue

JESSICA FRANCK
Grapefruit

JENNIFER L. KNOX
Abby Got Out

PETER COOLEY
Spirit Dog Etc.
Poem For Early Morning, Not an Aubade

CARLIE HOFFMAN
Mime in Anchorage Station
Postcard From Alaska

ERIKA MEITNER
Peregrinus

 

 

 

 

GHASSAN ZAQTAN
Damascus 1986
translated from Arabic by Fady Joudah
Vehicles in the Dark
translated from Arabic by Fady Joudah

PHILLIP B. WILLIAMS
Maskot #3: For the White Students Next Door Who say “Nigga” When Singing Along to Rap Songs Loud Enough for Me to Hear

NIKKI WALLSCHLAEGER
Jamais Vu State of Mind
Gun Show at the Country Fairgrounds

ANJULI FATIMA RAZA KOLB
Action and Contemplation

AMY LAWLESS
Dolphin Live Birth

KRYSTAL LANGUELL
from Middlemarch Poems
June 17
June 20
July 21

RACHEL JEPSEN
60 Days
In All Honesty

KATIE WILLINGHAM Apocalypse/Utopia V
Algorithm for procedurally Generated Defense Mechanisms

JAKE BAUER
Elegy in Regress

NOAH ELI GORDON
Some Information About Forty Years of Existence

NICK FLYNN
What You Can’t Hear
Balcony

WILLIAM BREWER
Relapse Psalm
Today I Took You to Our Oxyana High School Reunion
Oxyana, West Virginia

MEENA ALEXANDER
Refuge

DANNIEL SCHOONEBEEK
from Record
Only the Lonely

MARLIN M. JENKINS
Portrait of Hansel and Gretel as Lost Black Family

BRUCE BEASLEY
At the Last Trump

DANA PRESCOTT
Rusted Razor

RICHIE HOFMANN
Die Krähe

ELIZABETH SCANLON
Whole

AMANDA NADELBERG
from There Have Been Some Days I Didn’t Know Your Name

KIRSTEN IHNS
May I Propose You

JOHN PAUL DAVIS
Exit, Pursued by 175 People Performing a Romantic Bollywood Number

ALLY HARRIS
Skim

NAZIFA ISLAM
Without Sanctuary

CHELSEA DINGMAN
Accident Report: After the Baby Dies at Birth

GARY JACKSON
holoprosencephaly
(hŏl’ō-prŏs’ěn-sěf'əlē)

DINA HARDY
[Dear Motion Line, Dear Future Panel]

 

FICTION

SU-YEE LIN
A Flock, A Siege, A Murmuration

KATHLEEN ALCOTT
Reputation Management

ELIZABETH ELLEN
The Woman Had Not Once Written About Ice

SORREL WESTBROOK
Etiquette for Ugly Girls

KIMBERLY GARZA
Uprooting

JOSIP NOVAKOVICH
Prepaid Reservation

ELISA ALBERT
The Alternative Weekly

MIRIAM COHEN
A Girl of a Certain Age

LEE UPTON
Visitation

NONFICTION

BRANDON SHIMODA
The Woman on the Stairs

ELIZABETH KADETSKY
Meditations on Survival

JOAN CONNOR
At the Circus

FILM

CLAIRE CRONIN
Blue Light of the Screen: Notes on Horror

KRISTI MCKIM
Glory Fades and Shines: On Rushmore and Empathy

INTERVIEWS
 

ELISA ALBERT in conversation with MONICA FERRELL

COVER ART

JAKUB GELTNER
Cultural Landscape