Wild River Review art by Christopher McCauley



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

Up the Creek

“Thicker than water.”

Say those words in a room full of people and it’s likely someone will reply, “Blood is...”

But is blood thicker than water? The authors and artists in our third issue of Wild River Review set out to explore how we make connections, and ultimately who and what binds us together.

In her essay, “Orlando’s House”, Anna Kushner follows her blood ties back to Cuba to meet her Uncle Orlando and to claim her place in the family’s fractured history. Constance Garcia-Barrio, whose great-grandmother Rose Wilson Ware — called Maw—was born into slavery, weaves Maw’s oral history into a sprawling historical novel, Blood Grip. Over the next year, we will serialize Garcia-Barrio’s story of Ilse Stone and her sons Jake and Jerusalem — escaped slaves who try to make a place for themselves in the North.

And what about language? Can it be thicker than water? What ties are created when a Latvian poet’s work is translated into English? Or when a translation of a Japanese poem is rendered even further into English with a second interpretation? And after you read Elizabeth Esris’s poem, “Gaucho,” does it matter that you don’t know Spanish when you read Sergio Cervetti’s translation? Is it the same, or does it become a larger poem?

Into this mix, we welcome to our Airmail section, Suzanne Ashley’s column, “London Calling.” More than a year ago, Ashley, who was in charge of sales and marketing for a London publisher, reluctantly left a full work schedule and had taken a few days off to go paragliding in France. And then it happened: a bad landing, a broken back. How Ashley’s accident changed her life focus and career will unfold as she reports from London.

Regular columnist Ben Cake continues to search for connection in New York City and finds it in an interesting club on the Lower East Side. And on two different continents, Jessica Falcone and the Professor describe how they use public transportation. For Falcone, transportation becomes a literal life and death tie to India. For the Professor, commerce ultimately links him to one of the world’s greatest cities, Hong Kong.

Wild River Review continues to evolve. Along with three yearly issues, we update content regularly. Quark Park, the vision of Peter Soderman, has spawned more than twenty interviews with prominent scientists, architects, sculptors, and writers. Over the next few months we will feature: Shirley Tilghman, Professor of Molecular Biology, and President of Princeton University; Emily Mann, Director of the acclaimed McCarter Theater; Guggenheim Fellow and Professor of Computer Science, Perry Cook; American Civil War Historian, James McPherson; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Paul Muldoon, and many other notables.

Due to popular demand, Fran Metzman, the Sexy Grandmom, begins her blog, sharing her years of dating experience, and offering pithy observations of the most elusive of ties, that of man to woman, and woman to man.

So dig in, bookmark us, watch as a dialogue unfolds between columnists and poets; short storywriters and scientists. Thicker than water? Thicker than blood? Or as thick as consciousness will allow?

Joy E. Stocke

Joy E. Stocke

Joy E. Stocke, WRR Executive Editor & Co-Founder

Joy E. Stocke is the author of a novel, Ugly Cookies (Pella Publishing, 2000) and a volume of bilingual (English/Greek) narrative poems, The Cave of the Bear (Pella Publishing, 1999) based on her travels in Crete.

She has published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and has written about and lectured widely on her travels in Turkey and Greece, as well as religion, ancient and modern. She appeared on the syndicated NPR radio program A Chef’s Table in May 2004 to talk about Turkish Cuisine.

In addition to a literary travel memoir, Anatolian Days and Nights, she is working on her second book of poems set in Greece, and a novel set in the U.S., Germany, and Crete for which she was awarded a fellowship at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics/Journalism, she participated in the Lindisfarne Symposium on The Evolution of Consciousness with William Irwin Thompson at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. Currently she is completing a three-year program in Tantric Studies at the Saraswati River Yoga School in New Hope, PA.

EMAIL: jstocke@wildriverreview.com

SPOTLIGHT: Fly Me to the Moon — A Conversation with Mathematician and Artist, Ed Belbruno
SPOTLIGHT: Rumi and Coke — An Excerpt from Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey
SPOTLIGHT: Poetry, Science, and the Big Bang — John Timpane Goes to Cambridge
QUARK PARK: Of Algorithms, Google & Snow Globes — An Interview with Computer Scientist David Dobkin, Dean of Faculty at Princeton University
QUARK PARK: The Scientist as Rebel — Freeman Dyson Talks About Nuclear Weapons, Space Travel, and the Future
QUARK PARK: The Solace of Vacant Spaces — Interview with Peter Soderman
QUARK PARK: Music in Stone — Sculptor Jonathan Shor
SPOTLIGHT: For Armenians, Scars of Genocide Remain Visible
EDITOR’S NOTES: Up the Creek

BOOK: The Cave of the Bear