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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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Poetry: Unfinished Sonnet by Chaun Ballard

By Chaun Ballard | August 4, 2017

Elegies, the poet Dan Bellm argues, are poetry’s first reason. We are proud to publish Chaun Ballard’s powerful “Unfinished Sonnet.” It does all the right things a sonnet should do. The poem packs the mouth with sounds, darkly enjoyed—it gives…

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Poetry: Frances of the Cadillac by Laura Van Prooyen

By Laura Van Prooyen | July 28, 2017

Immediately, Van Prooyen gets inside the reader’s mouth. From there, she works outward, shaking the limbs and the feet and the hands, convincing the reader’s body to get in the car and go along for the ride. What a ride…

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Poetry: Three Poems by Reuben Canning Finkle

By Reuben Canning Finkel | July 21, 2017

This series of poems by Reuben Canning Finkel is transportive; with these three moments of a child’s life, we’re given a deep and intimate picture of family, of community, of childhood. Finkel builds scenes that are easy to recognize and…

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Poetry: Eve of Qurban Eid, ’93 by Tahir Hamut

By Tahir Hamut | July 14, 2017

Translated from the Uyghur by Joshua Freeman, this poem speaks of God as the best poetry will—where no lecture is being made, or point argued, or overly sentimental gushing, but simply it lays bare a human heart in the context…

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Poetry: Two Poems by C. Wade Bentley

By C. Wade Bentley | July 7, 2017

These two poems brim with a voice of grandfatherly confidence. There’s humor, there’s wisdom, there’s humility. Wade C. Bentley, an emerging poet later in his life, reminds us that poetry is more than trauma or broken hearts or heroic deeds—poetry…

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Poetry: Air Ratchet & Forklift by Austin LaGrone

By Austin LaGrone | June 30, 2017

With this poem, LaGrone gives us a special gift: a reminder of the beauty of language found at work. “Air Rathchet & Forklift” twists and squeals and cuts the tongue on sounds we tend to forget the magic of—what else…

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Poetry: Although You Felt So Close, (Within Splashes) by Adrian Cepeda

By Adrian Cepeda | June 23, 2017

Breathless and rolling, “Although You Felt So Close, (Within Splashes)” presses with momentum at every line. The poem lands at a breakneck intimacy that’s surprising and comfortable, and Adrian Cepeda carries his reader with fluid motion, puts their feet on…

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Poetry: Burning Haibun by torrin a. greathouse

By torrin a. greathouse | June 16, 2017

The poetic gestures of “Burning Haibun” are simple, genuine, and surprising. As soon as we read the prose-poem section, we knew this was going to be accepted—but then, as we read the erasure, we got so excited to share it that…

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