Category: Poetry

Poetry: Two Poems by Stacy Boe Miller

These two poems make secrets feel familiar. Stacy Boe Miller archives moments here, in “Hollow” and “Boil Down”—small, intimate moments of childhood, of death and love and the body, knocking together like pearls on a string you’d wear to a…

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2017 Award for New Poets: Souvenir by Todd Smith

We are so pleased to share with you the winning poem of the 2017 Award for New Poets—”Souvenir,” selected by guest judge Tyehimba Jess, explores with trembling sincerity the fragility of family, and love, and self. Todd Smith has won…

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Poetry: Two Poems by Momtaza Mehri

When poems carry as much raw energy as these two by Momtaza Mehri, we feel the joy of riding language like a wild horse—all instinct and reaction and emotion on the edge, one joy to the next, with hardly a…

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Poetry: The Whale by Cassandra Farrin

Cassandra Farrin’s poem rustles with the sound of waves and devils. “The Whale” is exactly how you make surprising a literary figure so well known as to be automatically cliche in lesser hands. Let the lines fill your mouth with…

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Poetry: Hiroshima, Japan, 1945 by Katie Bickham

Katie Bickham’s “Hiroshima, Japan, 1945” is a masterclass in characterization within a poem. Yoshiko lives and breathes with real, genuine depth across the 36 lines—and when a poem works this hard to give us a character so delightful, wisdom is…

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Poetry: Prayer by Carolyn Oliver

Some poems evoke an old voice inside—maybe manufactured by school, by history, by Dickinson—that leaps from word to word with unexpected vitality and novelty. Carolyn Oliver’s “Prayer”—a Golden Shovel, the form invented by Terrance Hayes—presses “the long lush dark” into…

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