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Poetry: Mental Health by Kai Carlson-Wee

By Kai Carlson-Wee | June 15, 2018

Kai Carlson-Wee’s single stanza poem lands on the page with weight and space and time. “Mental Health” works to unfold the banality of medicated routine, while never losing sight of the drugs that punctuate its hours, or the slow fog…

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Poetry: Two Poems by Duncan Slagle

By Duncan Slagle | June 8, 2018

Duncan Slagle pins his body to these poems, without seeking right or wrong—everything turns on the body. From the beautiful ghazal, to the simple couplets, Slagle shows a range of both voice and technique, with a consistent painful imagery threading…

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Poetry: the numbers don’t add up by Caroline DeLuca

By Caroline DeLuca | June 1, 2018

We fell in love with this unique poem immediately—DeLuca’s “the numbers don’t add up” performs its subject by ingeniously motorizing the whitespace. Her hand-drawn arrows feel simultaneously like detective notes and choose-your-own-adventure directions, producing a tension that lifts up this…

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Poetry: IN BOSTON THE DRUNKGIRL FLIRTS WITH ME AND I DO NOT FLIRT BACK JUST TO BORROW HER MOUTH by Linette Reeman

By Linette Reeman | May 25, 2018

As Reeman’s title suggests, “IN BOSTON” travels the unsorted emotions of modern romance—& reports back ambivalence, saturated bodies, solo cups. The poem weaves tenderness and despair into every couplet, until we end up like the speaker, “suspended” between the two.…

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Poetry: Brief History of Meat by Rachel Mindell

By Rachel Mindell | May 18, 2018

Rachel Mindell explores the suggestive power of meat here—plugging the poem in to a word, an image, an experience as basic and ancient as breathing. “This is eating,” the poem declares with a wink—because it’s more than that. Just look…

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Poetry: Counting the Omer by J.L. Wall

By J.L. Wall | May 11, 2018

J.L. Wall crystallizes here a dark passion on the bud of existential doubt—his poem, “Counting the Omer,” is a deeply familiar why God in the face of inexplicable tragedy, turning softly on Wall’s fresh imagery and sincere ambivalence.   Counting the Omer…

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Poetry: The Suburban Car Dealership Shuttle Driver by Zilka Joseph

By Zilka Joseph | May 4, 2018

Poetry has a way of elevating character profiles into something more, and Zilka Joseph’s clear, relatable narrative here does just that. “The Suburban Car Dealership Shuttle Driver” is both a person we know and an experience we’ve had; his hard…

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Poetry: Arko by Austin LaGrone

By Austin LaGrone | April 27, 2018

LaGrone’s “Arko” elapses within a single sentence, tucking moons and bones and love into its nine couplets. The poem gathers its imagery on the backs of short, delicate three and four syllable lines—a fragility that LaGrone bears with envious ease.…

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Poetry: I Keep Having the Dream Where My Father Is Dead by Ojo Taiye

By Ojo Taiye | April 20, 2018

Taiye lands this poem in the delicate spot between bodies and dreams—a primal response can’t be helped against the throaty “leaves”, the “claws” of death and drowning. The reader wakes from Taiye’s “Dream” with their whole day changed.   I…

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Poetry: Questions by Amanda Bales

By Amanda Bales | April 13, 2018

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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