Big Muddy 5.1



Cover Photo:

Kevin Koch


Cover Design:

Jon Thrower

Beth Lewis


Dr. Susan Swartwout 


Assistant Editors:

Jon Thrower

Beth Lewis

Mandy Henley


Publishing Interns:

Shawn McLain

Mary Eakins


Editorial Assistants:

Jarret Green

Ben Foster

Nikole Behlmann

Donna Farley


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Kevin Koch, Iowa

The Savanna Army Depot: Prairie and Production in the Former Home of Bombs


William H. McKenzie, Illinois

New Orleans or Bust!: The History of the Rail Line for Today's Trip, the Frisco River Division


Joseph Spring, Illinois

Falling River: The Weight of the Mississippi at Winona


John Weber, Missouri

The Calculus of Backpack Cooking



Laura Payne Butler, Texas

Wander Down River


Jo Van Arkel, Missouri

Door to Door


J. Dixon Hearne, California



Alyson M. Indrunas, Washington

Whiskey for Sugar



Carol Wheeler, Texas


Plumeria at Botanical Gardens

Rain Lily


Gerald Wheeler, Texas

Hour-old Painted Foal

Star and her Foal




Eric Baggett, Missouri



David Bond

Rend Lake at Sunset


Misty McCormick-Chism, Missouri

Farmer's Daughter


Wayne Crawford, New Mexico



Dave Etter

The Circus Left Town a Long Time Ago


Erin Keane, Kentucky

James and the Giant Peach

The Velveteen Rabbit

Winnie the Pooh


John Cantey Knight, Louisiana

No Place To Go

In My Pocket is a Pistol


John Noland, Oregon


The Mourning Dove's Call


Louis Phillips, New York

Down Home Jackson Miss. Stomp


J. Tarwood, United Arab Emirates

Midwest Pyro

Other Lives

Night Shift at Penny Plate


Fredrick Zydek, Nebraska

Letter to Bergstrom about the Operation

Letter to Brown on the Old Family Farm


Jeffrey Noonan reviews:

Becker, Judith. Deep Listeners: Music, Emotion, and Trancing. Indiana UP, 2004. Paperback, 194 pp. $29.95. Nonfiction.


Jim Elledge reviews:

LeSueur, Joe. Digressions on Some Poems by Frank O'Hara. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003. Hardcover, 305 pp. $25. Poetry/Nonfiction.


Leon N. Cluck reviews:

Trowbridge, William. The Complete Book of Kong. Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2003. Paperback, 64 pp. $14. Poetry.


Shawn McLain reviews:

Hall, Donald. The Painted Bed. Houghton-Mifflin, 2002. Hardcover, 112 pp. $23. Poetry.


Jon Thrower reviews:

Bukowski, Charles. Sifting through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way. Harper Collins, 2003. Paperback, 395 pp. $14.95. Poetry.


Dustin Michael reviews:

Greenway, William. Ascending Order. University of Akron Press, 2003. Paperback, 90 pp. $14.95. Poetry.


Meredith Purvis reviews:

Condon, Phil. Clay Center. Eastern Washington University Press, 2004. Paperback, 316 pp. $18.95. Short Fiction.


Benjamin Pruett reviews:

Gildner, Gary. Somewhere Geese are Flying. Michigan State University Press, 2004. Paperback, 240 pp. $19.95. Short Fiction.


Jason Sander reviews:

Lethem, Jonathan. Men and Cartoons. Doubleday, 2004. Hardcover, 160 pp. $19.95. Short Fiction.


Michael G. Howell reviews:

Scalapino, Leslie. Dahlia's Iris: Secret Autobiography + Fiction. Fiction Collective Two, 2003. Paperback, 213 pp. $13. 95. Fiction.


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