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In 1982 she began editing New Laurel Review, an independent international literary journal which is still

published today. She has lived downtown in the Bywater for thirty-five years. After the flood of 2005

she began teaching fiction and poetry at the Alvar Library


Books by Lee Meitzen Grue

Goodbye Silver, Silver Cloud  /  In the Sweet Balance of the Flesh   / French Quarter Poems  / Three Poets in New Orleans  / Downtown

CD Live! On Frenchmen Street

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The New Laurel Review

Anthology 22

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Table of Contents


Michael Gregg Genesis                                   Inside Cover

Ryan G. Van Cleve Midnight Conversations with My Wife on the Nature of Love


Ace Boggess Red Wine


Erik Anderson Reece No Deal


James Doyle Refusing the Wreath


Fredrick Zydek This Is Not A Vacation


Joyce Odam A Blur of Wept Images


Virgil Suarez Doña Inez in El Jardin de las Orquidias del Olvido


Ruth Latta Not A Trace


Maura Gage Directions


Bea Opengart Varieties of Religious Experience


Megan Burns First of the Month


Dave Brinks in dia monde


Dave Brinks in the meat the snow


Bryan Thorpe This Married Task


Michael McIrvin For An Ex-wife


Julie Parker Funding the Edge


Linda Bosson The Last Photograph


Edward Lowbury Birthday 200: For Alison


Meredith Trede Madonna And Child


Ray McNiece As We Fall Again


Sanford Fraser Blonde.


A.D. Winans Walking the Streets of North Beach


J.L.Kubicek 72° North Latitude


Julie Parker In the Scale of Grief


Donna Baier Stein The Bear Paw


Janet McCann Wheelchair


Glen A. Mazis Basepaths


Edward Locke Country Road


Rebecca Raphael Kindling


H. Emilia Paredos #4 (from Breath)


Julie Grass Consumed


Jennifer Reeser Sappho's Ode to Anactoria


Greg Braquet Closet View


Christopher Thomas Garlands For Your Hair


Christopher Thomas Learning to Sleep in Each Other's Arms


Askold Skalsky Parallel Arts


Robert Jackson, III Dolphin


Bob Slaymaker My Wife Breaks Out


E.M. Schorb Ready to Walk


John N. Miller Oedipus in Corinth


Shoshauna Shy Friday Nights at Forty Peach Street


Ben Willensky Papageno in the Shower


Lyn Lifshin Writing Class, Syracuse Winter


Lyn Lifshin In the Second Letter He Said


David Spiering Ghazal to a Mannequin Walking


Mark Sheridan Maginn Prairie


Dane Cervine Sex on the Kitchen Floor


Ander Monson I Consider Gary Snyder in the Sauna


Tim Kahl The Convent


Francis Alix Celluloid Burns


E.W. Sims Strung Out


John Grey Aunt Elia Explains Emotions to a Jet Pilot


Michael McManus The Cafe


B.Z. Niditch Dutch Memory


Jon Parrish Peede Larkin to His Wife


Richard N. Bentley Anticlimax


Simon Perchik 44


Naton Leslie The Great Gatsby Goes to Jail


Beau Boudreaux Poydras Nursing Home


Beau Boudreaux Sailing Lake Pontchatrain


Linda Bosson What a Difference a "D" Makes


John Nixon, Jr. What Poets Do                                           Back Cover
                In Memory of Ben Jennings
Ben Jennings The Pride Hotel


James Nolan My Wild Lover


                           Short Stories
John Michael Cummings Overnight


Michael Greene Jesus with a Blow Torch


                           Personal Essay

Sascha Feinstein Blouse Catching Smoke


Phyllis Parun Eroticism: Human Meets Divine


Lenny Emmanuel I. My. Mine. Me


Ben Satterfield Language, Fiction, and the Puritan


Andrew Frisardi A Note on Tom Sexton


Josefa Salmón Alfredo de Palchi: Addictive Aversions Le vizione avversioni



The New Laurel Review, Volume XXII, Editor, Lee Meitzen Grue; Managing Editor, Lewis Schmidt


The New Laurel Review is an independent non-profit literary journal published as often as funds allow. We are completely supported by the donations of friends and supporters. each issue in the United States is $10. Institutions $12. Foreign subscriptions $15 with pay from abroad to be paid in U.S. currency (money orders or checks payable in such currency). Editorial and business correspondence should be addressed to The New Laurel Review, 828 Lesseps Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70117. The New Laurel Review is non-profit through the help of the New Orleans Poetry Forum.

Phyllis Parun, a native New Orleanian, is the cover artist. This work is titled "Christabel" after Coleridge's 1797 poem.

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My own papers are at The Newcomb Center for Research on Women. Susan Tucker is the archivist there. She's a wonderful person. She would give you good advice. The other papers which have to do with New Laurel Review are at Xavier. Lester Sullivan would be the person to contact there. Good luck and a wonderful Christmas. Take pride in your work. It's important to many people. all best, Lee

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By Lee Meitzen Grue

Lee Grue is arguably one of the finest practitioners of poetry in New Orleans' storied history. These superb writs are equal to the upwelling of jazz itself: from Tremé street corners, to the wayward French Quarter, to the carefree vibes of Bywater, all the way to back o' town; this astonishing collection speaks from a mythic pantheon off yowls & beats as timeless as the Crescent City herself. "If you're missing New Orleans, and you know what that means, you need to read Grue's book front to back, place by place, time by time, name by name, everything that breaks your broken heart and asks it to sing. A generous, loving tribute to poetry and to New Orleans"—Dara Wier

"Lee Grue's work is one of the majestic pylons that keeps New Orleans above water, a pylon woven thickly and subtly from the city's history. Her poetry weaves her personal history to the five centuries of the city's own, a fabric stronger than the dreams of engineers. Lee Grue holds us all on the warm open hand of her music; she emanates the love that raises the soul levees"—Andrei Codrescu\

Lee Meitzen Grue was born in Plaquemine, Louisiana, a small town upriver. New Orleans has been home for most of her life. She began reading her poetry at The Quorum Club during the early sixties. There she met musicians Eluard Burt and Maurice Martinez (bandleader Marty Most). Burt had just come back to New Orleans from San Francisco, where he had been influenced by the Beats. Eluard Burt and Lee Grue continued to work together over many years. Burt and his photographer wife, Kichea Burt, came home to New Orleans from California again in the nineties, where the three collaborated on a CD, Live! on Frenchmen Street. Eluard Burt passed in 2007.

Kichea Burt contributed some of the photographs in Grue's book DOWNTOWN. During the intervening years Grue reared children, directed The New Orleans Poetry Forum workshop, and NEA poetry readings in the Backyard Poetry Theater. In 1982 she began editing New Laurel Review, an independent international literary journal which is still published today. She has lived downtown in the Bywater for thirty-five years. After the flood of 2005 she began teaching fiction and poetry at the Alvar Library, which is three blocks from her house. Her other books are: Trains and Other Intrusions, French Quarter Poems,  In the Sweet Balance of the Flesh, and Goodbye Silver, Silver Cloud, short fiction.

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Malcolm X

A Life of Reinvention

By Manning Marable

Years in the making-the definitive biography of the legendary black activist.

Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age thirty-nine. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man. In death he became a broad symbol of both resistance and reconciliation for millions around the world.

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Ghosts in Our Blood

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