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VOLUME 1 — NUMBER 3.3

NEW IN WILD RIVER REVIEW

SPOTLIGHT: Fly Me to the Moon — A Conversation with Mathematician and Artist, Ed Belbruno

COLUMN: Storiedmusic by DJ T’challah

AIRMAIL: Bodhi Blues — A Year in India by Jessica Falcone

NOVEL EXCERPT: Blood Grip — Chapter 2

REVIEW: Gulliver as Slave Trader — Racism Reviled by Jonathan Swift




Crossing the Equator

you showed me the picture
folded to a map of memory denied
a bloated belly
huge laughing mouth
acid painted
on this ‘Neptune’
this lord of the sea, this king
of initiation torture
crowned with tinfoil and shells,
you said something about kissing that belly
something about burning
something about retching
something about shame
something about our own men
hurting those clean new boys
your friends, boys like you dad,
first-timers, pollywogs, debased
more than the promise
of war delivered


Kelley Jean White

Kelley Jean White

A New Hampshire native, Kelley White studied at Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School and has been a pediatrician in inner-city Philadelphia for more than twenty years. Her poems have been widely published over the past five years, including several book collections and chapbooks, and have appeared in numerous journals including Exquisite Corpse, Nimrod, Poet Lore, Rattle, and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

KELLEY JEAN WHITE IN THIS EDITION:
POETRY: Crossing the Equator