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Poetry: Transformation Sequence & Unbecoming Extraterrestrial by Aline Dolinh

By Aline Dolinh | December 7, 2018

Aline Dolinh’s writing physically invigorates—all that imagery of teeth and blood and mouths over-full. It’s a powerful invitation: to lean your reader body through the mirror of the poem and into its luminous space, dark and bloody as it is.…

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Two Poems by Susan Yanos, 2018 Frontier Fellow

By Susan Yanos | December 5, 2018

It’s no secret that the literary world has baked-in institutional obstacles and biases, and our fellowships, like all we do, are intended as an effort to break those barriers. We are honored to share with you all two poems by our…

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Poetry: Flooded by Katherine Indermaur

By Katherine Indermaur | November 30, 2018

Katherine Indermaurs series of triplets flex a considered and deliberate rhythm—let the syntax carry your reading into your body, the pauses and the rushing forward, the flooding of your sense of balance. Her poem meditates on grief and loss, the…

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Poetry: at tha request of angels by Kesi Kmt

By Kesi Khmet | November 23, 2018

With”at the request of angels,” Kesi Kmt folds language and dialect and dream into a song on growing up and the fire that comes. Every choice serves her speaker—the apocolyptic imagery and the strong, familial dialect—revealed powerfully, surprisingly in the…

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Poetry: Propulsion by Elisávet Makridis

By Elisávet Makridis | November 16, 2018

Elisávet Makridis delivers a technical scorcher, a palindrome that shifts and moves with precision. The mirrored stanzas deliver surprise, though you’ve already read them, fresh emotion, though you already know the story. “Propulsion” is a compact mirror to the face…

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Poetry: Your Name Was Supposed to Be Africa by Kendra Allen

By Kendra Allen | November 9, 2018

Kendra Allen’s new poem crackles with the energy of language on edge, language in transformation. Without irony or posturing, “Your Name Was Supposed to Be Africa” explores the complicated layering of identity across names and bodies and continents.   YOUR…

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Poetry: The Wound in Drag by Tallon Kennedy

By Tallon Kennedy | November 2, 2018

“The Wound in Drag” is a manifesto of youth—troubled, hopeful, full of phones and wounds and love. Tallon Kennedy cascades their self—wounded, aching—across the four parts, landing finally, perhaps precariously, on the dance floor.   The Wound in Drag I.…

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Poetry: The Exit Ramps for Scenic Hwy/Scotlandville and 110-W/Baton Rouge by Jesse DeLong

By Jesse DeLong | October 26, 2018

Jesse DeLong writes of a time seemingly eras ago—when black children saw one of their own in the Oval Office, when pigments and not political terrorism were the musings of philosophy professors. The vulnerability of “The Exit Ramps” returns us…

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Poetry: WHEN YUHUA HAMASAKI WENT HOME by Grace Lau

By Grace Lau | October 19, 2018

Grace Lau’s “Yuhua Hamasaki” arrives at just the right moment—with power, with vitality, with dragulous charm. The poem crunches your expectations of womanhood, of Chinese womanhood, and invites you to a feast of new realities.   WHEN YUHUA HAMASAKI WENT…

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Poetry: THE OPPOSITE OF A GREAT TRUTH IS ALSO TRUE by José del Valle

By José del Valle | October 12, 2018

We love how José del Valle’s “The Opposite of a Great Truth Is Also True” compresses some of the biggest beliefs of the day into small marbles of imagery, rolled out across the lines. Time is squeezed, the past is…

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