Monday, August 16, 2010

The Endicott Review: Volume 27, Issue 1

The Endicott Review

Volume 27, Issue 1
Spring 2010
Copyright © 2010 by The Endicott Review
ISSN 1548-5242
96 pages,

Review by Zvi A. Sesling

One tidy little journal put out by a college is The Endicott Review from Endicott College in Beverly, MA. The issue is divided into sections entitled College, Family, Artwork, Nature, Childhood, Love, Artwork, Self, Death and Dreams/Future, each section providing writing by, in some cases, young, enthusiastic writers with promising futures and lots of talent.

Some poems jumped out at me like Richard W. Moyer’s Movies, Youngstown, Ohio, 1940. Having lived in Youngstown in the 1950s and even written a poem or two about it, I wondered who Moyer was, certainly not 84 years-old, I think. Anyway, it was interesting nostalgia.

Marcia Molay wrote Poetry Class with a first stanza that states:

Some topics suggest
the life stories
of all the students.
Deep feelings are
best expressed in
a kind atmosphere,
good work encouraged.
Poetry class is that.

Or you can revel in Lauren Fleck-Steff’s short piece I’m jaded

There’s a gold ring
around the moon.
I’ve been told it
forecasts love.

The moon has lied before.

Among the better poems in the journal as those by Jim Mullholland (Witnessing A Blue Morning Sky), Emily Braile (Fight), Lauren Peterson (Barbie’s Dark Side), Janine L. Certo (The Hamster), Doug Holder’s two poems and Chad Parenteau’s three poems. Lest anyone not mentioned think their offerings are not held in the same esteem, they should not fear. The poems in this review just happened to catch my fancy.

The magazine also contains excellent artwork, the favorites (again, those not mentioned should have no anxiety at being less talented), being Johnny Bonacci touching photo of a mourner at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C., Ripley Doten’s almost surrealistic photo by the ocean which leaves the viewer to ask: person or statue? and Kristen Bernard’s photo entitled “Face.” Some of the artists have also contributed poems to exhibit their multifaceted talent.

The Endicott Review is a bundle of talent that I highly recommend to any reader looking for talented writers of poetry and prose, art and photography.

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