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  1. Wearing the Wrong Colors

    He got started quick. He found me out, honed in, and covered me at the bar. The clash was long awaited. I went running, went out for a coffee or a sandwich or an afternoon round at the polite dive up the street, and heard the same “you’re wearing the wrong shirt, pal” quip on […]

    October 27, 2014

  2. On the Fly

    On a cool March evening, we set out a sandwich board that read “SHORT ORDER POEMS 1 FOR $5 FRESHLY TYPED & HOT,” sat down behind our typewriters, and started taking and fulfilling orders. People asked endless questions: What is this? Who are you writing for? How do I order a poem? Why are you […]

    October 27, 2014

  3. Two Poems by Rose McLarney

    First in Right A subdivision’s plumbing, a predictable grid, is of greater worth than irrigating the uncertain growth of stalk and vine, sees the farmer who sells his water rights, looking ahead. But with the rivers, nothing moves forward between the mudflats (the fish bones un-swimming), the banks’ dry lips, mouthing something about, My shape made […]

    October 27, 2014

  4. Torment Relieved in Song

    On October 25, 1914, banker John Allyn Smith and schoolteacher Martha Little welcomed their first of two sons, John Allyn Smith Jr.—now known to the world as John Berryman. Berryman was born in McAlester, Oklahoma, a town of roughly 17,000 people, about the same size then as it is today, best known for housing prison […]

    October 24, 2014

  5. Allison Hedge Coke

    Allison Adelle Hedge Coke lives with her mustangs, dogs, and 92-year-old father in an old rock house just south of Guthrie, Oklahoma, where she sleeps in a moriche palm hammock and is regularly awoken by earthquakes. Allison is musician, filmmaker, and writer who says she’s inspired by nearly everything. She studies change, motion, and migratory […]

    October 23, 2014

  6. John School

    On Valentine’s Day 2012, Jarrae Estepp climbed into the passenger seat of a white Ford pick-up. She was five months pregnant and holding a long-stemmed rose. The truck picked her up from the 3800 block of Oklahoma City’s South Robinson Avenue, drove a dozen blocks, and turned into the Catalina Motel. After the driver registered […]

    October 22, 2014

  7. Suspicious Mind

    The November race for Oklahoma’s 3rd Congressional District, which spills out of the Panhandle and fills the western half of the state, is rated a “safe Republican” contest by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. Thus, the Republican primary, in June, was the de facto election. The district elected Democrats through most of the 20th century, […]

    October 21, 2014

  8. Hard Times Oklahoma: A Russell Lee Photo Essay

    Seventy-five years ago, in April of 1939, John Steinbeck published his fictionalized account of the severe hardships facing Oklahoma’s rural poor. His novel, The Grapes of Wrath, told a story of “exodusters” forced from their homes by economic and environmental aftershocks of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. Inspired by Steinbeck’s tale, social documentary photographer […]

    October 16, 2014

  9. Capitol Coercion

    Texas Governor Rick Perry’s recent indictment by a grand jury in Travis County, Texas, might seem familiar to the people of Oklahoma County, if they’ve been following the case of Albert Gustava Gerhart, founding member of the Sooner Tea Party. These cases call into question the definitions of blackmail and coercion—and whether those words ought […]

    October 14, 2014

  10. An Interview with Ralph Ellison

    Ellison was not known for giving interviews, but in 1966 he sat down at his home in New York City with Robert Hughes. The video of their conversation shows Ellison dressed in a sweater vest and dark-framed glasses. He’s in his element—an office decorated with stacks of books and Buddhist statues. When answering questions about […]

    October 13, 2014

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October 15, 2014

Our second annual Poetry Issue, guest-edited by Scott Gregory, celebrates John Berryman's centennial, explores the new literary trend of making poetry to order, and overflows with new work by Oklahoma poets.

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October 01, 2014

In this issue, we investigate coercion, fraud, impulse, and constraint: Marcos Barbery solicits an alternative solution to sex trafficking, Brian Ted Jones discerns political action from criminal action, and Matt Lardner reports on a strange accusation of political fraud. Plus, a collection of rare Dust Bowl-era photographs reveals past and future duress, and new poetry by Ken Hada.

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September 15, 2014

Volume 5/Issue 18

In this issue, we bring you the fascinating rise and fall of Oral Roberts' empire, which evolved from a traveling tent crusade to a worldwide ministry and an expansive South Tulsa university. But—as Oral was fond of saying—success without a successor is failure, and finding a suitable heir to pass down the scepter proved more difficult than he imagined. Understanding the curse and privilege of the Roberts name is only half the story; the rest is wrapped up in the culture of charismatic evangelism, betrayal, and forgiveness.

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September 01, 2014

In This Land, Vol. 5, Issue 17, we bring you an exclusive look into the anthropomorphic subculture that meets every year in southeastern Oklahoma. Plus, we've got Larry Guthrie on Oklahoma's political path, Adrian Brune on riots, and more. Here's a preview at what you'll find inside: WILD LIFE: Jezy J. Gray embeds himself with a pack of therians for a weekend of camping, archery, and debauchery—and leaves with a better grasp of the furry fandom. GREEN IS GOOD: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz examines the making (and taking) of Indian Territory fro...

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October 15, 2014

The wandering poet, writer, and musician Joy Harjo returned home three years ago. She left Oklahoma for an Indian boarding school in New Mexico in the late '60s, and since then has taught at several universities, recorded several albums of music, published many volumes of poetry, children's books, and a memoir, and performed theater. She's lived in...
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October 01, 2014

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke lives with her mustangs, dogs, and 92-year-old father in an old rock house just south of Guthrie, Oklahoma, where she sleeps in a moriche palm hammock and is regularly awoken by earthquakes. Allison is musician, filmmaker, and writer who says she's inspired by nearly everything. She studies change, motion, and migratory bi...
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September 15, 2014

Sam Gillaspy has lived in Arcadia, Oklahoma, for 88 years. He's devoted the last eight of those to giving tours at the Round Barn of Arcadia on historic Route 66. To folks who visit the antique attraction, Gillaspy is known simply as Mr. Sam. Tourists and locals alike have made it a mission to stop in and hear Mr. Sam recount the time the round bar...
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September 01, 2014

How long does it take to dance from Italy to Oklahoma? For Marcello Angelini, almost 35 years. He began studying ballet as a child in Naples, Italy, before graduating from the Kiev Institute of Dance in the former Soviet Union. He wound up in Tulsa after a bout of tendonitis pulled him off the stage for weeks. Sidelined and restless, Marcello appli...