Wild River Review

WRR 4.4 — 1 AUGUST 2007


NOVEL EXCERPT: In a State of Partition by Aneesha Capur

SPOTLIGHT: The Other Side Of Abu Ghraib (Part 1) — The Detainees’ Quest for Justice by Joy E. Stocke, Kim Nagy, and Chris Tiefel

COLUMN: The Mystic Pen — The Gift by Katherine Schimmel Abdel Baki

FILM REVIEW: The Prisoner, or How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair by Elizabeth Sheldon

AIRMAIL: Confessions of a Global Traveler — Hong Kong Diary: Of Courtesans and Kings by the Professor

NOVEL EXCERPT: Blood Grip Chapter 4 by Constance Garcia-Barrio


UP THE CREEK: Editor’s Notes — Art, Yoga, and Abu Ghraib

Shelled Almonds

I crunch them whole and naked now,
remember Sunday afternoons —
the screech of forks and clash of plates,
implosive silence in between
the juicy roast and flaky pie
or splintered words like shredded shells
that burst past bowl, past tablecloth
when we worked nutcrackers at last.
We swallowed, felt our guts expanding
toward a nap as we forgot
each other, watched our hands, all give
and take compressed to split and snap.

Elizabeth Rivers

Elizabeth Rivers

Elizabeth Rivers has published work in the Schuylkill Valley Journal and The Christian Century. She has won the Milton Dorfman Poetry Prize and the Portland Pen Poetry Contest and has also received countless rejections. She is grateful for the community of poets she is getting to know in the Philadephia region and for her present opportunities to learn more about reading and writing poetry.

POETRY: Shelled Almonds