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Transit and poetry are worlds that collide less often than they should, so it was exciting to stumble across Beltway Poetry Quarterly’s most recent installment of Mapping the City: D.C. Places, Part II. Okay, maybe the poems are not about transportation, per se, but the subject certainly comes up, plus any poetry collection that involves an interactive map of metropolitan D.C. gets our heart racing here at Alternate Sides.

Kim Roberts has been editing Beltway Poetry for ten years, and she’s celebrating her journal’s anniversary with a series of special publications and monthly readings. D.C.-based Roberts is a poet, herself; her third volume has just won the Pearl Poetry Prize and will be published in January.

This issue includes 40 poems about specific places in the D.C. region, from Great Falls to the National Gallery to the Four Seasons Hotel. Although the only Montgomery County-specific poem in this issue is set at the National Capitol Trolley Museum in Colesville, (“At the Trolley Museum,” by Stacy Johnson Tuthill) past issues have featured over 50 MoCo writers, and D.C. Places II does include a poem entitled “Georgia Avenue” (written in 1919, by the late John Clagett Proctor) that we can at least partially claim as ours—although upon second thought, given that it is not all that flattering in terms of describing the condition of the road, we’ll let D.C. claim that poem.

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While we’re on the topic of literature, if you have not already heard the news: Writer and fellow blogger Paula Whyman won an American Independent Writing Prize for her story, “Statute of Limitations,” published in the March/April 2009 issue of Bethesda Magazine.

And check out the Potomac Review, where another Bethesda Magazine short story contributor, Susan Land, has published a three-part story entitled “In Lieu of Pride.”

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