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Poetry: Two Poems by Mai Der Vang

By Mai Der Vang | June 9, 2017

Mai Der Vang stands out as a poet of stunning & lurid language. These two new poems exemplify the work displayed in her debut collection, Afterland (Graywolf Press 2017)—the geographies of grief & the bare evidence of spiritual truth. Vang, with linguistic dexterity,…

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Poetry: Sad Jar of Atoms by Lance Larsen

By Lance Larsen | June 2, 2017

Lance Larsen’s Sad Jar of Atoms rolls in the ear like the voice of a friend. The lines pile and caress each other, holding onto intimacy even as we’re stretched from domestic quibbles to ancient history. Exploring the overlapping associations…

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Poetry: Two Poems by Safia Elhillo

By Safia Elhillo | May 26, 2017

Safia Elhillo’s The January Children has been on of the most exciting collections of 2017. These two new poems show why. Here, Elhillo comfortably explores established and invented forms with her beautiful, consistent focus on language, and bodies, and the hot spot where two cultures collide. There…

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Poetry: Tassiopeia by Kaveh Akbar

By Kaveh Akbar | May 19, 2017

If you haven’t yet read a poem by the rising poet Kaveh Akbar, “Tassiopeia” is a great place to start: beautiful language dances between fresh images of the body and confessions of faith. Kaveh writes gracefully, without awkwardness or hesitation, and this poem…

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Poetry: Hamburger Surprise by Jim Daniels

By Jim Daniels | May 12, 2017

Jim Daniels has produced poetry about work with singular focus for the entirety of his distinguished career. At Frontier, we also believe that work is an ever more apt poetic subject—precisely because it affects all the other subjects in a…

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Poetry: Two Poems by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

By Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib | May 4, 2017

We are so excited to get the chance to publish some of Hanif’s latest work. You can see some of his usual strokes here: the play with breath & pause, the mischievous titles, the exploration of race & truth &…

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Poetry: Migrant Is Not A Metaphor by Cynthia Dewi Oka

By Cynthia Dewi Oka | April 28, 2017

The press of associative leaps, dream like & urbane simultaneously, carries this poem. So much contained between the blue skull and the teeth-pennies—Cynthia does excellent work here to place side-by-side the reader’s relatable experience with the (dangerous) strangeness of exile…

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Poetry: Sita Considers Her Rebellions by Vandana Khanna

By Vandana Khanna | April 19, 2017

Vandana does something special here. Amidst the language of nature—the lush green forests, the stars, the twigs—this poem grips our bodies firm. Vandana finds space to bring in bones & tongues & the pulse of blood, & especially those hands.…

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Poetry: Co-Operative by Sarah Barber

By Sarah Barber | April 17, 2017

Poetry, at its best, engages the human body in whatever way it can. There is room enough for poems like this one by Sarah Barber—room enough to speak truth to the needles ravaging American families. Sarah doesn’t hide here, nor…

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Poetry: I Am Pretending There Was No Restaurant by Chrys Tobey

By Chrys Tobey | April 14, 2017

This poem performs its conceit well. A familiar anxiety hugs the imagery—that all too familiar unease of love lost & discarded. Pay attention to the way the conceit returns, returns again, & rides the imagery like an unhappy passenger. See…

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