Featured Poetry

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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Poetry: Migration Elegy by Emily Lawson

By Emily Lawson | November 15, 2019

Emily Lawson cradles tender her subject in “Migration Elegy”—the frail tigerskinned butterflies, their makeshift “flaming cathedral.” Eco-poetry at its most human and delicate: her words become fresh-cut flowers left behind. Migration Elegy ++++Among the fluttering leaves, I see one flare—my…

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Poetry: Volcada by Sarah Kathryn Moore

By Sarah Kathryn Moore | November 8, 2019

Sarah Kathryn Moore’s “Volcada” is a cascade of thoughtful and aesthetic diction—a rumbling between the blue of our guts and the sun-drunk mind. Attach yourself to the motion and find yourself leaning, precariously, above Moore’s vast gap of lack. Volcada

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Poetry: Dream from the Tiger by Jona Colson

By Jona Colson | November 1, 2019

Jona Colson’s ethereal “Dream from the Tiger” crawls into your lap—oversized, striped, purring. We adore the echoes of Stevens’ “Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock”, the ways Colson generates fresh new meaning in the images and language, and wish too to part…

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Industry Prize, 1st Place Winner: After April Rain by Elizabeth Oxley

By Elizabeth Oxley | October 30, 2019

We’re all very excited to share with you the winners of the 2019 Frontier Industry Prize, selected by Jeff Shotts, Sarah Gambito, and Kwame Dawes. Today, we’re honored to share the winning poem: “After April Rain” by Elizabeth Oxley—a solid,…

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Poetry: City on the Hudson by Lee Jenkins

By Lee Jenkins | October 25, 2019

“The evening’s firmly knitted into place,” Lee Jenkins says, and so is his music, so are the quiet voices and the quiet world that envelops them. “City on the Hudson” is a hand holder, a friend’s diary, a gentle and…

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Industry Prize, 2nd Place Winner: Inheritance by Ae Hee Lee

By Ae Hee Lee | October 23, 2019

We’re all very excited to share with you the winners of the 2019 Frontier Industry Prize, selected by Jeff Shotts, Sarah Gambito, and Kwame Dawes. Today, we have “Inheritance” by Ae Hee Lee— a moving exploration of heritage, of lands,…

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Poetry: Dream Bird by Erin Williamson

By Erin Williamson | October 18, 2019

Erin Williamson’s “Dream Bird” is an exceptional display by a new poet: a fantasy of warriors and  feathers, of getting lost in a landscape’s leering masculinity. “This is just a dream,” the speaker says. “So real. So real.”   Dream…

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