Tampa Review 37 Author:Richard Matthews, ed. Yearning and desire are such compelling human emotions that nearly all great literature explores their terrain to some extent. In subtle echoes of the striking cover image, Landscape of Yearning by Neverne Covington, strands of literal and metaphoric longing weave throughout Tampa Review 37, where psychological and ecological landscapes mirror o... more »ne another as in T. S. Eliot?s The Waste Land or his poem "Gerontion," with its famous "old man in a dry month/Being read to by a boy, waiting for rain."
Florida had a little rain this summer, but the Tampa Bay Area remains in a three-year drought. The years 2006 and 2007 were the driest back-to-back calendar years Florida has experienced, dating back to 1932. No surprise, then, that the editors feel a sharp desire to promote positive change in the conditions affecting climate. We are troubled, with poet David Hamilton, that "We are a people of war." We have a thirst for peace along with rainfall, and we sympathize with the character in Manjula Menon?s short story who wonders, "Maybe my home is with all the people who were against the war." As Eliot concludes in "Gerontion," these are "Thoughts of a dry brain in a dry season."
Satisfy your literary thirst with new stories by Heather Brittain Bergstrom, John Matthew Fox, Chris Huntington, and Courtney Zoffness; nonfiction by Douglas Danoff, Jack Fernandez, and Gary Fincke; poetry by Maureen Alsop, Curtis Bauer, Jim Daniels, Ron De Maris, Julie Hanson, Red Hawk, Lisa Sewell, Patty Seyburn, Richard Terrill, and William Trowbridge; prize writing from AWP Intro Journal Project winners Sara Johnson and Dave Madden, and much more.« less