Slam at the Benton: “Splinter People”

by Kelly Stoldt (2017)

Splinter People by Kelly Stoldt My mother has announced her worry That living in a single dorm room is bad for me. She asks if I’ve been socializing If I’ve made friends Leaves out “since the last time.” I tell her I’ve gotten really close with my mattress (It goes by many names and I… More Slam at the Benton: “Splinter People” by Kelly Stoldt (2017)

Does My Voice Need a Color? Platforms and Safe Spaces

By: Brandon Marquis

Times have changed for those who voice their opinion to the public. The internet is readily available to everyone and it is waiting for us to post our thoughts—in one hundred and forty characters or less. It’s a privilege to have access to a platform through which we can assert our world views. Regrettably, I… More Does My Voice Need a Color? Platforms and Safe Spaces By: Brandon Marquis

PATERSON: The Blue-Collar Poet and Writing with a ‘Day Job’

By: Nicholas DiBenedetto

Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson is Paterson in ways that I never realized something could be Paterson. The film’s star, Adam Driver, plays a bus driver and poet named Paterson, who lives in the city of Paterson, New Jersey, and whose favorite poet is William Carlos Williams (whose epic poem Paterson, is set in the same New… More PATERSON: The Blue-Collar Poet and Writing with a ‘Day Job’ By: Nicholas DiBenedetto

“Women are a Decorative Sex”: Literary Misogyny and its Perpetuation

By: Sabrina O’Brien

One thing that politics has reminded us in the last few months is that gender equality, even in a first-world country like the United States, still has a long way to go. Some women remain oblivious and believe they already have access to equality. This is, of course, false. The most frustrating aspect of this… More “Women are a Decorative Sex”: Literary Misogyny and its Perpetuation By: Sabrina O’Brien

Poetry Slam Series!

This year, we are launching a Poetry Slam series on our website. Watch local poets read from their work, published here for the first time on LongRiverReview.com. Also included are text of the complete poems, and short interviews with the writers.    Our first post in this series features “The Anthem”, by student poet Mary Kozan. We… More Poetry Slam Series!

Slam at the Benton: “The Anthem”

by Mary Kozan (2017)

The Anthem by Mary Kozan i. The bungalow colony was in its heydey. Blondes unfurled Their legs on plastic deck chairs, laughing like advertisements Over bottles of Coca-Cola. Their children pissed in the pool and shrieked With joy. Tits sagged in one-piece floral bathing suits. My grandmother (then, in the throes of beauty) waded in… More Slam at the Benton: “The Anthem” by Mary Kozan (2017)

Soundtracks for Studying and Writing

By: Emily Catenzaro

I listen to soundtracks for fun. I’m not sure if it’s because of my background in figure skating, because I’m a big movie buff, or I just love music in general, but I’ve listened to soundtracks since I was a kid. When my peers were really excited about Eminem, I was listening to the scores… More Soundtracks for Studying and Writing By: Emily Catenzaro