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Poetry: O. unilateralis by G.J. Sanford

By G.J. Sanford | January 17, 2020

Names are invasive fungus and sestinas are just tough games of poker—so goes G.J. Sanford’s new poem, “O. unilateralis.” When we look, when we trace backwards from our own small handed mothers: what do we find greenly crawling up the…

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2019 Award for New Poets, 2nd Place Winner: THE NAMING by Alan Semerdjian

By Alan Semerdjian | January 15, 2020

We’re all very excited to share with you the winners of the 2019 Frontier Industry Prize, selected by Eve L. Ewing, Kaveh Akbar, and Ocean Vuong. Stay tuned for our winner Golden’s poetry on the 22nd. Today, we have Alan…

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Poetry: Razing by Anna Newman

By Anna Newman | January 10, 2020

“Razing” is Anna Newman’s self-improvement letter to myself: a rummaging of pain and home and pine. Notice the urge to follow the speaker wherever she leads, even the false and the broken, even to a mirror for our own selves—that…

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2019 Award for New Poets, 3rd Place Winner: Lot’s Wife by Diamond Forde

By Diamond Forde | January 8, 2020

We’re all very excited to share with you the winners of the 2019 Frontier Industry Prize, selected by Eve L. Ewing, Kaveh Akbar, and Ocean Vuong. Stay tuned for our second place poem by Alan Semerdjian next Wednesday, and our…

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Poetry: What I Said to God by Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto

By Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto | January 3, 2020

Though the poem would split you into stilts and beads and strangeness, Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto’s “What I Said to God” also brings you back, sinks you back into your body—that which you, so very often, forget you are. Notice the gentleness…

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Poetry: Another Dusky Sonnet by Anthony Borruso

By Anthony Borruso | December 20, 2019

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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Poetry: A Shorter Note On My Coming Out by Chisom Okafor

By Chisom Okafor | December 13, 2019

Chisom Okafor, who we’ve been admiring for a while now, delivers a dark and moving portrait of a specific and not unfamiliar moment: “A shorter Note On My Coming Out.” Chisom speaks with such ease through his untouched dark, his…

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Poetry: my sister/mi hermana by Heidi Seaborn

By Heidi Seaborn | December 6, 2019

“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

By Ben Zarov | November 29, 2019

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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Poetry: False Friends by Natan Last

By Natan Last | November 22, 2019

“False Friends,” by Natan Last, moves with intoxicating energy. So much relies on the subtle strength of Natan’s diction, his adventurous associative leaping, and the sly lubricating humor (via Old French from Latin humor: ‘moisture’) from beginning to end. A wonderful…

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