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Poetry Terms: The Three Lines

For this Poetry Terms, we’d like dig into an ever present issue with emerging poets: how do you break a line? Every poet makes a home of the poetic line, and a deliberate approach through well-wrought linecraft ultimately serves to…

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Poetry: Questions by Amanda Bales

Bales packages her frank questioning here with untamed energy and honesty. “Questions” crafts a strange comfort in the face of death—precisely—as its title suggests—because the poem does not gesture at hollow answers, but wrestles with humor and charm the incredible…

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Poetry: Close by Ashton Wesner

For “Close,” Wesner generates—with the smallest lines she could—the broad ambiguity we have toward our bodies, our parents, our thinking. So many powerful punches land between these two-three word lines; these sentence long stanzas fight above their weight.   Close…

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Poetry: Aubade with La Bestia by Alfredo Aguilar

“Aubade with La Bestia” beautifully parses the potential of a love poem through eyes contemporary and rarely seen. As all good love poems, Aguilar’s aubade sings of power, and generosity, and longing, and violence—the dark immutable violence always hugging the…

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Book Review: Some Say the Lark by Jennifer Chang

Natasha Tretheway calls the book “a piercing meditation, rooted in loss and longing, and manifest in dazzling leaps of the imagination.” And Patrick Rosal: “In Some Say the Lark, anything can erupt into fury, anything into tenderness.” Jennifer Chang’s second…

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Poetry: Game Theory by Zoe Hitzig

Some poems step out from conventional wisdom of lines and stanzas bashful and hesitant—”Game Theory” by Zoe Hitzig is not bashful or hesitant. The atypical shape is a joy for the reader’s eye, a puzzle to put together that once…

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