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Poetry: Love Litany by Hajjar Baban

By Hajjar Baban | August 16, 2019

Hajjar Baban reveals in “Love Litany” a universal maternity—we all make babies out of our dreams one way or another. Our babies, who keep us up at night: as horror, as negotiator, as double, as hope, as center of all…

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Poetry: Rules of Negotiation by Charity E. Yoro

By Charity E. Yoro | August 9, 2019

Charity E. Yoro’s prose poem opens the line to syntax in the way a prose poem should—the repetitive dependent clauses leaning against one another like dominoes, reflecting the speaker’s own “stained teeth” vulnerability. Even prose can howl, even prose can sing.…

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Poetry: Aftermath by Andrea Jurjević

By Andrea Jurjević | August 2, 2019

“Aftermath,” by poet and translator Andrea Jurjević, performs the haunting which is its subject: the fall invades, inevitable. Filled with incredible color and texture, each tercet rolls forward as if of the ocean—as if to swallow our lost and our…

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Poetry: Pavilion by Calvin Olsen

By Calvin Olsen | July 26, 2019

Calvin Olsen’s “Pavilion” puts its fingers on the fragile things: the light, the grapes, the seeds, the lover. He weaves here the idyllic rural as gently and quietly as any introverted dead before him.   Pavilion Tucked away under the…

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Poetry: poem in which my whole hand fits in my mouth by m mick powell

By m mick powell | July 19, 2019

The motion of m mick powell’s “poem in which my whole hand fits in my mouth” zooms and widens as if from a telescope: the fully focused hand, knuckled and scented, then the jaw, the braids, the dancing and fluorescent…

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Poetry: Those First Days by Fay Dillof

By Fay Dillof | July 12, 2019

As an elegy, “Those First Days” asks us, with good humor and friendly temper, to reflect on loss, on being trapped in tragedy’s den while beauty softly pours itself over the earth outside. Fay Dillof is mesmerizing here: gentle and…

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Poetry: by you, I see only blue light by Kaja Lucas

By Kaja Rae Lucas | July 5, 2019

Kaja Lucas captures an essential modern and American element in “by you, I see only blue light”—the feed, the incessant reference to what has faded and what demands to stay alive. Almost a sonnet, almost an ode, almost, finally, morning.…

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Poetry: Weak Ode to Saffron by Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad

By Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad | June 28, 2019

With “Weak Ode to Saffron,” Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad sets out to contain the luminous ingredient in language, in line breaks, in a New York Kitchen. But the saffron is too much, invites too much to be contained: love, Iran, the gnarled…

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Poetry: Esau’s Daughter by Lindsay Adkins

By Lindsay Adkins | June 21, 2019

Lindsay Adkins’ series of poems meditates on the famous character of Jewish literature from a new point of view—revealing, in its turnings and its own unique violences, a brickwork story of a daughter’s redemptive eager. “Fathers are made in the…

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Poetry: Two Poems by Steven Duong

By Steven Duong | June 14, 2019

Steven Duong’s poetry ripens with bodies, the struggle of skin—and he uses them as locus centers from which he can reach out to disparate realms of the universe and time to make new things of the old: ancient Rome and…

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