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VOLUME 7
Editorial Board

Wilson Wyatt, Jr., Executive Editor

Anne Colwell, Poetry Editor

Harold O. Wilson, Co-Fiction Editor

Amy Abrams, Co-Fiction Editor

George Merrill, Co-Nonfiction Editor

Cheryl Somers Aubin, Co-Nonfiction Editor

Cheril Thomas, Submissions

Bill Gourgey, Publishing

Gerald F. Sweeney, Editorial Advisor

Melanie Rigney, Editorial Advisor

Design and Layout Editor, Laura Ambler

Copyediting, Jeanne Pinault

Proofreading, Charlene Marcum

Cover photograph: Roger Camp, “Dolls, Provincetown, MA”



The Delmarva Review is published annually in print and digital editions by the Eastern Shore Writers Association, a nonprofit organization supporting writers and the literary arts across the Delmarva Peninsula (including portions of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia). Additional support is provided by private contributions and sales. The content of each issue is determined solely by the editorial board.
The Review welcomes new prose and poetry submissions from all writers, regardless of residence. Editors consider only those manuscripts submitted electronically during specific submission periods. The dates and guidelines are posted on the website: www.delmarvareview.com.
General correspondence can be sent to:

The Delmarva Review

P.O. Box 544, St. Michaels, MD 21663

Or e-mail: editor@delmarvareview.com

Copyright 2014 by the Eastern Shore Writers Association



www.easternshorewriters.org
Library of Congress Control Number: 2008215789

Paperback: ISBN-13: 978-0-9883456-1-4

Electronic: ISBN-13: 978-0-9883456-2-1

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Preface
Welcome to the seventh edition of The Delmarva Review, a

literary journal dedicated to the discovery of compelling new

prose and poetry. We are pleased to present a sampling of voices

and writing styles of 40 contributors from 14 states, the District

of Columbia, and one foreign country. Over a thousand authors

submitted their work for consideration in 2014. As editors, we

are grateful for the opportunity to read their poems, short fiction,

and essays. The published pieces represent a fraction of the good

writing we received.

The cover features doll artifacts that conjure images from

times past. They tease our imaginations with the potential for

discovery. Like the promise of literature, these crafted ceramic

parts have survived generations and traveled far. The dolls were

once whole, their parts attached, like a writer’s characters. Their

purpose was to inspire or entertain an audience.

The pieces, some 100 to 200 years old, were gathered at low

tide from under time-weathered piers in Provincetown harbor, off Cape Cod. Fine art photographer Roger Camp arranged them to create the cover photograph, giving them renewed visibility.

The Delmarva Review strives to fulfill two purposes: to discover and publish new literary work and to inspire other writers, by example, to pursue excellence in literary writing. We publish print and electronic editions and, through digital technology, provide for wide distribution, far beyond an author’s regional borders. Our writers will reach new, discerning readers.

Readers, many of whom are writers themselves, will find diversity among the pieces selected for this edition. The writing that follows will give readers a sense of the writer’s voice and command of craft. It is likely that something here will engage and inspire you.

The publisher, the Eastern Shore Writers Association, and the talented volunteers on the Review’s Editorial Board, join me in welcoming you to these pages of literary discovery.
Wilson Wyatt Jr.

Executive Editor


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Contents
iii Preface

iv Contents


1 FICTION
3 August Evans

The Mythology of the Wife
15 Cathy Herbert

The Estate Sale
24 Denise Emanuel Clemen

Bread
35 Valeri Miner

Something in the Way She Knows
45 Ellen Prentiss Campbell

Entangled Objects
57 Brandon Getz

Robot on a Park Bench
63 Robert I. Mann

The Player
65 Sarah Barnett

Dining in Rome
73 Christina McDaniel

Tomorrow We'll Be Salt
88 Ree Davis

A Limitless Sky
99 NONFICTION
100 Linda Morefield

The Graveyard of Books

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107 Robert Vivian

Ink of River
108 Ramona DeFelice Long

Hurricanes and Fairy Tales
116 Faith Lord

I Hate Rain
119 Emily Rich

Retrieving My Belongings
125 Timothy Kenny

Four x One: Managua, Detroit, Connecticut, Kabul
128 Jackie Mercurio

My Rock
130 Randon Billings Noble

Widow Fantasies
133 Mary Lide

A Wake
135 POETRY
136 Charlie Clark

Devil in Museum

Devil in Summer

Devil Worship

Devil on an Elevator

Deviled Eggs

Devil's Periphery
142 Adam McGee

Prayer for a Blizzard

My Father as the Dormition of the Virgin Mary

For the readers of graves

I visit the Boston University Medical School

The Mispillion River rests in Milford, Delaware

The floor gives way as my father preaches

on the Destruction of the Temple

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149 Meg Hunter

Visiting the World War II Memorial,

Cherry Blossoms 2009

Where I Have Come to Forget You

Look Close Enough

Fish Tank

Flea-Bitten Grey:

Learn Burn
155 Helen Wickes

Marriage in the Atomic Age

Notes on the Solar Storm

The Year's Missing Second

Ordinary Cosmology

Hell to Heaven Any Given Day
160 Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll

Cold

Bringing Beauty
162 Carolyn Martin

One Month Since
163 Le Hinton

(Magpies) in Another Country
165 Jeff Rath

Mantis
166 Karina Borowicz

She Waits
167 Marvin Shackleford

After the Bank
168 Glen Armstrong

The Bedside Book of Thrift Store Finds
169 John Palen

Morning Paper
170 Jennifer Davis

He's (Pretty) Bright

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171 John McCarthy

Pickup Truck (#13)

Pickup Truck (#16)

Pickup Truck (#11)
175 Darren Demaree

Emily as it Matters If This is a Forest or a Ship

Emily as the First Question is a Blood Question

Emily as Otherwise, the Bustle
178 Manda Frederick

Postcard from I-90

Kinetic in the Dark
180 Barbara Ryder-Levinson

Seasons of Grief

After Reading Jamaica Kincaid
183 BOOK REVIEWS

Bleeding Edge

by Thomas Pynchon



Wilmot Here, Collect for Stella

by Christian Anton Gerard



Avoiding Armageddon: America, India,

and Pakistan to the Brink and Back

by Bruce Riedel


190 Contributors
197 Orders


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