Category: Poetry

Poetry: After Fire by Nick Martino

“After Fire” holds a quiet grief: a scene so carefully observed and distilled that it feels like a held breath, each line asking us to live inside it. The repetition of sorrow, its insistence on expansion, settles in the air…

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Poetry: Quilox by Muiz Opeyemi Ajayi

Electric, “Quilox” is bent to the confines of its form just as this moment is bent to the confines of the night, the poem’s abrupt enjambments a reminder that day will interrupt the charged “light of the dark/-ness.” This is…

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Poetry: Golden Hour by Arman Avasia

Like the snake that appears in its second line, Arman Avasia’s sonnet is a transformation through intimacy. Visceral with desire that is amplified in the animal imagery scattered throughout, the reader is brought into the “urgent” and left in the…

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Poetry: White Peony (I) by Sara Hovda

A portrait of the speaker centered around the image of a flower, Sara Hovda’s “White Peony” does the seamless work of communicating an entire story through meditation on an object. The reader is brought into the tensions that keep the…

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Poetry: Diaspora Triptych by Sabyah Seyam

Riddled with distances reflected in the poem’s form, both as three parts that span multiple countries, and in the slashes that lineate within its columns, Sabyah Seyam’s “Diaspora Triptych” is the kind of poem that we will continue to turn…

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