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Poetry: preparing an elegy by Jenny Shen

By Jenny Shen | March 22, 2019

Jenny Shen’s power in “preparing an elegy” rises as invitation to familial intimacy—the poem rolls forward like a stream of consciousness and captures a mother and her daughter in a fragile moment, in the kitchen, in a conversation with so…

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Poetry: Anniversary by Claire Eder

By Claire Eder | March 15, 2019

Claire Eder sets the stage in “Anniversary” for “ordinary love”—a performance both endearing and familiar. Whose body has not been softened by illegal chemicals? Or trembled by illicit confession? Or soaked in the long river of “ordinary love?”   Anniversary…

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Poetry: Not Evening Now by Henry Brooks

By Henry Brooks | March 8, 2019

“Not Evening Now”—a poem of memory and the wet Florida air—is true joy in the mouth. Sound puts the meat on imagery, on memory, and Henry Brooks has invited us to feast in his night gazebo.   Not Evening Now…

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Poetry: May 2018 Puerto Rico by Isabel Acevedo

By Isabel Acevedo | March 1, 2019

Poetry has always endeavored to create a space where land and body can reveal their unity, political and otherwise—Isabel Acevedo’s poem swims in this tradition. With “May 2018, Puerto Rico,” she’s invited us into that very specific pain of May…

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Poetry: Mirage by Andrew Mobbs

By Andrew Mobbs | February 22, 2019

Andrew Mobbs here reveals that uncomfortable truth: violence is seductive. A poem of war and explosion and desert, “Mirage” lingers beyond the edges of traditional combat poetry to deliver the experience and mind of today’s newly defined wars.   Mirage…

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Poetry: Four times over by Sallie Fullerton

By Sallie Fullerton | February 15, 2019

Sallie Fullerton glides her words into the readers body, that the thing of flesh may be escaped, walked away from. “Four times over” is more than an exploration of what the body is for—the poem interrogates what the body is,…

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Poetry: If a Lion Could Speak, We Couldn’t Understand Him by Margaret Ray

By Margaret Ray | February 8, 2019

The truth of the apocalypse is that our language will die with us—what if words, this dark future asks, are neither immortal nor inevitable? Margaret Ray here explores the edges of this question with both the awe and fear that…

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Poetry: A Rēta to the Ētita by tokorima Taihuringa

By tokorima Taihuringa | February 1, 2019

This “letter to the editor” struggles earnestly to say what it can’t and not what it does—to not talk about race, or tribe, or ethnicity is still to talk about it. tokorima, a Master Artisan in the Art of Māori Carving,…

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Poetry: If What I’m Told is True, It’s Necessary to Name Only My [ ] To Survive the Fire & Myself, the Arsonist by Marlin Figgins

By Marlin Figgins | January 25, 2019

What is need? What is loneliness? Marlin Figgins investigates, discovering unexpected images and new questions along the journey: see his world of muddy bellies, his moon dangling tethers of want like arms of a jellyfish. “If What I’m Told is…

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Poetry: High Heels by Nene Giorgadze

By Nene Giorgadze | January 18, 2019

It shouldn’t be a surprise that a shoes can serve as such luminous tissue between cultures—here, Nene Giorgadze, a Georgian poet, covers them with sperm, with desire, with silence and nostalgia. “High Heels” is both an ode and a surrender,…

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