Review: The Vanishing Princess by Jenny Diski

A princess lives in a tower. We can’t call her imprisoned as she has never attempted to leave. In fact, she has never even considered it. She spends her days reading books, with the occasional glance through the window at a world which does not interest her. Then the soldiers arrive. One brings delicacies, wrapped in white cloth. The princess… Read more →

Review: Saudade by Traci Brimhall

Traci Brimhall’s third full-length collection of poetry Saudade begins with an impossible translation, the title being the Brazilian Portuguese word saudade which doesn’t equate perfectly to a single word in English. Saudade is like a profound longing, and so, before her first poem begins, Brimhall already gives something away about the shape of the book, or the shape it will… Read more →

Review: Houses of Ravicka by Renee Gladman

Jakobi is the Comptroller of the city of Ravicka whose job, as Renee Gladman lucidly explains in her afterword to the novella, is to “take geoscogs of the city’s buildings and houses…measurements that keep track of a building’s subtle changes and movements over time.” This peculiar job, like the city in which Jakobi carries out his duties, along with its… Read more →

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Meridian’s 2018 Editors’ Prizes

Editors’ Prize submissions are now open! Deadline: January 26, 2018 $1000 Prize for Winners in Poetry and Fiction POETRY submissions may contain up to four poems that do not exceed ten total pages. Please put all the poems in one document. FICTION submissions should not total more than 10,000 words. You may only submit two entries per genre–no more than two fiction submissions… Read more →

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Review: Max Ritvo, Four Reincarnations

“The bed is on fire, and are you laughing?” With the first line of Max Ritvo’s stunning collection, we are welcomed into a world where sorrow and joy, desire and loss, cannot be untangled. The opening poem, “Living It Up,” is a perfect introduction to the poet’s singular and extraordinary mind: The springs want to embrace each other but they’re… Read more →

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Review: Perfect Little World, by Kevin Wilson

It starts simple: Izzy has just graduated high school and is pregnant with her art teacher’s baby. She lives with her alcoholic father and makes $13,000 a year smoking barbecue at The Whole Hog. The art teacher’s wealthy mother, desperate to maintain her family’s reputation, offers to help make the situation disappear. In another writer’s hands, this novel would continue… Read more →

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Review: Cold Pastoral, by Rebecca Dunham

Rebecca Dunham’s newest poetry collection, Cold Pastoral, begins with a poem entitled “Mnemosyne to the Poet.” As opening to a collection that documents disaster—both man-made and ecological—Mnemosyne laments, “For you, memory is but / an oil lamp to snuff,” and later, “I am not permitted / / to turn…Am not permitted / to learn how not to look.” So stands… Read more →