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Poetry: Filthy Woman During Ramadan by Noor Hindi

By Noor Hindi | September 29, 2017

Noor Hindi reminds us of some of the best things of today’s poetry: deep, contemporary faith insights wrapped in the heat of luminous body, with all its parts magnified and hyperbolic. Notice how the subtle rhythms and meter set by…

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Poetry: How to Take Time by Daniel Lassell

By Daniel Lassell | September 22, 2017

We love the mouthfeel of Daniel Lassell’s “How to Take Time,” the patience for the right word in its right place—and the courage it performs in reaching for deep wisdom off the back of a red headed woodpecker. Lassell is…

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Poetry: A Sunday Afternoon On the Island of La Grande Jatte in the City of Columbus by Patricia Miranda

By Patricia Miranda | September 15, 2017

We love the pace that Patricia Miranda builds in “A Sunday Afternoon”—she packs the single stanza with delicate humor and a theatrical rush. Too easily we see the speaker as ourselves, clumsily reversing through a day of mishandled opportunity and…

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Poetry: Written on this Land by Emily Strauss

By Emily Strauss | September 8, 2017

With subtle luxury of sound, Emily Strauss writes of the desert, the West. Couplets hide the harmony crafted line by line until that final hard rhyme, shining like a jewel. Strauss understates her language as “dry and austere,” “barren”—but the…

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Poetry: These Are the Witness Marks by Moira J.

By Moira J. | September 1, 2017

Moira J. has written a visceral love poem with “THESE ARE THE WITNESS MARKS”—full of bodytalk and imagery that burrows under your skin, makes your back itch. Notice the goosebumps, the old salt, the zodiac mouth, but also the lover…

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Poetry: the road to old fort by P.J. Williams (Part 3)

By P.J. Williams | August 25, 2017

This long poem, by P.J. Williams, drives. A beautifully paced meditation on place and family and memory, filled with blues and grays and burnished dawns—”the road to old fort” invites the reader in on a trip enjoyably unexpected. With Williams’s permission,…

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Poetry: the road to old fort by P.J. Williams (Part 2)

By P.J. Williams | August 24, 2017

This long poem, by P.J. Williams, drives. A beautifully paced meditation on place and family and memory, filled with blues and grays and burnished dawns—”the road to old fort” invites the reader in on a trip enjoyably unexpected. With Williams’s permission,…

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Poetry: the road to old fort by P.J. Williams (Part 1)

By P.J. Williams | August 23, 2017

This long poem, by P.J. Williams, drives. A beautifully paced meditation on place and family and memory, filled with blues and grays and burnished dawns—”the road to old fort” invites the reader in on a trip enjoyably unexpected. With Williams’s permission,…

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Poetry: Flamingo by Cheryl Pearson

By Cheryl Pearson | August 17, 2017

Beauty by ambush may best describe Cheryl Pearson’s “Flamingo”. The poem meditates on its namesake with wit and wisdom and a freshness of imagery that calls out for publication. The yolk and wine and flaming knots and throats—Pearson has managed…

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Poetry: from Fear of Intimacy, Fear of Want by Andrés Cerpa

By Andrés Cerpa | August 11, 2017

Pulled from a longer manuscript to be published soon, these two poems from “Fear of Intimacy, Fear of Want” speak to the depths of that longer work. Beyond the fresh body imagery, these poems evoke place with precision and delicacy,…

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