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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

Available for Purchase

Table of Contents

 

                        Poetry    
Michael Gregg Genesis                                   Inside Cover

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

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Ace Boggess Red Wine

3

Erik Anderson Reece No Deal

4

James Doyle Refusing the Wreath

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Fredrick Zydek This Is Not A Vacation

8

Joyce Odam A Blur of Wept Images

9

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

10

Ruth Latta Not A Trace

12

Maura Gage Directions

13

Bea Opengart Varieties of Religious Experience

14

Megan Burns First of the Month

16

Dave Brinks in dia monde

18

Dave Brinks in the meat the snow

19

Bryan Thorpe This Married Task

21

Michael McIrvin For An Ex-wife

22

Julie Parker Funding the Edge

23

Linda Bosson The Last Photograph

24

Edward Lowbury Birthday 200: For Alison

25

Meredith Trede Madonna And Child

26

Ray McNiece As We Fall Again

27

Sanford Fraser Blonde.

28

A.D. Winans Walking the Streets of North Beach

29

J.L.Kubicek 72° North Latitude

30

Julie Parker In the Scale of Grief

31

Donna Baier Stein The Bear Paw

32

Janet McCann Wheelchair

33

Glen A. Mazis Basepaths

34

Edward Locke Country Road

36

Rebecca Raphael Kindling

37

H. Emilia Paredos #4 (from Breath)

38

Julie Grass Consumed

39

Jennifer Reeser Sappho's Ode to Anactoria

41

Greg Braquet Closet View

42

Christopher Thomas Garlands For Your Hair

44

Christopher Thomas Learning to Sleep in Each Other's Arms

46

Askold Skalsky Parallel Arts

47

Robert Jackson, III Dolphin

48

Bob Slaymaker My Wife Breaks Out

49

E.M. Schorb Ready to Walk

50

John N. Miller Oedipus in Corinth

51

Shoshauna Shy Friday Nights at Forty Peach Street

53

Ben Willensky Papageno in the Shower

54

Lyn Lifshin Writing Class, Syracuse Winter

56

Lyn Lifshin In the Second Letter He Said

57

David Spiering Ghazal to a Mannequin Walking

60

Mark Sheridan Maginn Prairie

61

Dane Cervine Sex on the Kitchen Floor

62

Ander Monson I Consider Gary Snyder in the Sauna

63

Tim Kahl The Convent

65

Francis Alix Celluloid Burns

66

E.W. Sims Strung Out

67

John Grey Aunt Elia Explains Emotions to a Jet Pilot

68

Michael McManus The Cafe

69

B.Z. Niditch Dutch Memory

71

Jon Parrish Peede Larkin to His Wife

72

Richard N. Bentley Anticlimax

73

Simon Perchik 44

74

Naton Leslie The Great Gatsby Goes to Jail

76

Beau Boudreaux Poydras Nursing Home

78

Beau Boudreaux Sailing Lake Pontchatrain

79

Linda Bosson What a Difference a "D" Makes

80

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

81

James Nolan My Wild Lover

83

                           Short Stories
John Michael Cummings Overnight

86

Michael Greene Jesus with a Blow Torch

91

                           Personal Essay

Sascha Feinstein Blouse Catching Smoke

105

Phyllis Parun Eroticism: Human Meets Divine

117

                                 Essay
Lenny Emmanuel I. My. Mine. Me

129

Ben Satterfield Language, Fiction, and the Puritan

145

                               Reviews
Andrew Frisardi A Note on Tom Sexton

162

Josefa Salmón Alfredo de Palchi: Addictive Aversions Le vizione avversioni

166

 

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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Downtown

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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Reaching into Malcolm's troubled youth, it traces a path from his parents' activism through his own engagement with the Nation of Islam, charting his astronomical rise in the world of Black Nationalism and culminating in the never-before-told true story of his assassination. Malcolm X will stand as the definitive work on one of the most singular forces for social change, capturing with revelatory clarity a man who constantly strove, in the great American tradition, to remake himself anew.

Pulitzer Prize for History 2012 Winner—For a distinguished and appropriately documented book on the history of the United States, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Awarded to Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, by the late Manning Marable (Viking), an exploration of the legendary life and provocative views of one of the most significant African-Americans in U.S. history, a work that separates fact from fiction and blends the heroic and tragic. (Moved by the Board from the Biography category.)—Pulitzer

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Ghosts in Our Blood

With Malcolm X in Africa, England, and the Caribbean

By Jan R. Carew

Carew, an activist, scholar, and journalist, met Malcolm X during his last trip abroad only a few weeks before he was killed in 1965. It made such an impression on Carew that he felt compelled to search out Malcolm's family and friends in order to flesh out the family history. He interviewed Wilfred (Malcolm's older brother) and a Grenadian friend of Malcolm's mother named Tanta Bess. Comparing his family's experiences with that of Malcolm X, he gives the most complete picture yet of Malcolm's mother. Carew also offers a tantalizing glimpse of Malcolm X's transforming himself into El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, a man less blinded by his own racial prejudices yet as committed to the betterment of his race as ever. Just before his death, Malcolm X became convinced that a U.S. agency was involved with those trying to kill him, and Carew here reveals the evidence Malcolm X gave him to support these beliefs. The mystery of Malcolm's death remains unresolved, and we are once again filled with regret that he was cut down before he could fulfill the promise of his later days. While this book will not replace The Autobiography of Malcolm X (LJ 1/1/66), it is an important supplement. All libraries that own the autobiography should also purchase this one.—Library Journal

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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