Author: Josh Roark

On Craft: The Frontier of the Body

Think of what makes up the reader’s body: the wet mouth, the ears, the long limbs, the stomach and the small of their back, the muscles of their right thigh, above the knee—and all of it itching for engagement. A…

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2017 Pulitzer Resources: Olio by Tyehimba Jess

Olio, by Tyehimba Jess, has won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author. The depths Jess went to produce this 200+ page artifact of American History gives us critic’s vertigo—just so much…

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Poems That Teach: Tenebrae by R.A. Villanueva

Sonnets can be intimidating for new poets, but interest in the classic form is alive and well. Tyehimba Jess filled his Pulitzer-winning Olio with sonnets—syncopated sonnets, a crown of sonnets, sideways siamese sonnets; Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib’s title poem in The Crown…

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