Throughout the next few months, we’ll be featuring excerpts of writing by Alaskans who’ve been published in Alaska Quarterly Review. AQR is published by the University Alaska Anchorage and is without a doubt one of the nation’s best literary magazines, as noted by The Washington Post Book World. Each issue of AQR is rich with fine writing and social consequence. We hope by featuring this work on the 49 Writers blog, you’ll be enticed to look further into this fine publication.
This week’s selection is from a seven part poem by Elizabeth Bradfield in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Volume 30, No. 3 & 4, Fall and Winter 2013.
attempting this? And when did the urge begin?
wind, blackberries scenting up the steep, clay bank
in a suspended, wobbled reach to the beach. Always
Five, nine, sixteen, I stood and stared at the bay,