Featured Poetry

Poetry: Village of Knives by Helli Fang

By Helli Fang | April 3, 2020

The speaker of “Village of Knives” is an Atlas of her own life—menace and threat and the persistence of being a woman who survives. Helli Fang’s work leaves the reader in a different posture, a leaning, a dark looking over…

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Poetry: Retrato in Names by féi hernandez

By féi hernandez | March 27, 2020

“Retrato in Names” is prose with energy and music and eager rush. Through the intimacy of nicknames, féi hernandez investigates the trajectory of a family wrestling with its own definition and meaning, of a daughter and a sister and a…

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2019 Frontier OPEN Finalists

By Frontier Poetry | March 25, 2020

First, a sincere thank you to all the finalists of the 2019 Frontier OPEN for partnering with us. All of these poems deserve high praise, featuring work by Jasmine Elizabeth Smith, Xiao Yumi, Leyla Colpan, Jennifer Garfield, Jed Myers, David…

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Poetry: SKIN OFF MY BACK by Bayley Sprowl

By Bayley Sprowl | March 20, 2020

Bayley Sprowl’s visceral “SKIN OFF MY BACK” sings the song of the body—its dirge, its elastic melancholy and trembling want of other. The poem seeks to understand: such want in the end, and in the beginning, may only ever be…

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Poetry: Purple by Laura Argiri

By Laura Argiri | March 13, 2020

We were so excited to see this strong narrative poem in the slush—a story of a young girl with a rock in her hand and purple in her blood. Laura Argiri pulls out character and action and scene from poetic…

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Poetry: Decade & Not a Wall by Jose Hernandez Diaz

By Jose Hernandez Diaz | March 6, 2020

There is something wonderful about the prose poem, the way it elongates our necessity of closure, and the way, too, we are swept up into the rhythm of the sentence; the prose poem illustrates a world we both know and…

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Poetry: Sprawling, the garden is, and fruitful by Justin Danzy

By Justin Danzy | February 28, 2020

Beauty, life, growth, abundance—these are a few things a garden can represent, and of these few things comes family, the sacredness of one’s family, the ways in which love is the vehicle. In Justin Danzy’s, Sprawling, the garden is, and…

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Poetry: Becoming Animal by Gnaomi Siemens

By Frontier Poetry | February 21, 2020

“The wind wants what the bird wants,” writes Gnaomi Siemens in “Becoming Animal, and reminds us how close we are to nature; we are only a ravine, a wind, a falling away from becoming less human, giving into the desires…

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Poetry Excerpt: Bury Me in Thunder by moira j. — Our 2019 New Voices Fellow’s Debut

By Moira J. | February 19, 2020

We are thrilled to announce that moira j.’s debut collection, Bury Me in Thunder, is out with Sundress Press! They’re generously letting us share this excerpt with you, the stunning “Rawhide for the Archer’s Knot.” Enjoy, and take home their collection here.…

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Poetry: When I Die You Don’t Have to Divert the River for Me by Barbara Mossberg

By Barbara Mossberg | February 14, 2020

Sometimes it is nature that is able to portray our exact experience; “When I Die You Don’t Have to Divert the River for Me” by Barbara Mossberg reminds us the river can represent life and death – “Meanwhile the river…

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