Poetry: Another Dusky Sonnet by Anthony Borruso

Like most contemporary sonneteers, Anthony Borruso has taken aim at the right margin of his “Another Dusky Sonnet” and the lines bristle with dynamic force and momentum—like bones protruding from the sand. And like the poem’s inspiration, Dali, he builds his…

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Essay: Remember when by Kendra Allen

When we read contributor Kendra Allen’s latest book, When You Learn the Alphabet (winner of the Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction), we knew we had to have her share some of her wonderful writing about the special space between poetry and…

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Poetry: my sister/mi hermana by Heidi Seaborn

“mi sister/mi hermana,” by Heidi Seaborn, is a tender performance of sisterhood, of two women standing in each other’s lives. Butterflies and whipoowills and a blue walled garden—but also choked throats and lions and needles that pierce and pin.  …

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Poetry: Wounded Bee by Ben Zarov

Is there meaning in nonsense? A symbol hidden in the wound? Ask Ben Zarov—ask his “Wounded Bee” and his silkworm god unspooling the exact measure you need. Whatever nonsense that may be.   Wounded Bee The wounded bee dances her coordinates,…

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