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Poetry: Naming the Salt Flats by Alyssa Quinn

By Alyssa Quinn | September 28, 2018

Alyssa Quinn’s poem kaleidoscopes from a birds-eye view the earth, the cracking white earth of the salt flats. With fluid grace, the poem moves from the grass and ground to geometric ideals, so that the reader holds both in their…

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Poetry: Reaching Into the Bottom of My Breath by Sam Pittman

By Sam Pittman | September 21, 2018

Sonnets are the perennial form because within the fourteen lines is a universe of choices. Sam Pittman’s new poem makes these choices with grace, guiding the reader’s breath with such maturity that the final couplet easily takes it away.  …

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Poetry: Glitter Ode by Andrew Hemmert

By Andrew Hemmert | September 14, 2018

“Glitter Ode” struts through a exuberant associative landscape, with glitter—marvelously annoying and excessive—as anchor, as compass. Hemmert’s poem has got us on our feet, wiggling, turning our hips and shoulders and feet, looking for the shine.   Glitter Ode  …

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Poetry: Corporal by Shane Chergosky

By Shane Chergosky | September 7, 2018

Our editors love the way Shane Chergosky’s poem generates an authentic and gothic setting out of the skate park—the empty cans, the suggestion of infinity, and that sick, bleeding sky. “Corporal” exceeds itself and its deliberately banal details wonderfully at…

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Poetry: Infant Tusks by Daniel Moore

By Daniel Moore | August 31, 2018

Daniel Moore’s “Infant Tusks” breaks hearts, while the poem plays with its central image ingeniously. Levity, cruelty, danger, and pride—all here. All a piece of parenting.   Infant Tusks If only I had, they would have been, what, different? Less…

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Poetry: Something — Eye Spy for Queer Colored Boys by Alyx Jordan

By Alyx Jordan | August 24, 2018

Alyx Jordan captures something of the “ruthless” flesh here. They’ve buried our bodies in the dirt, the pine needles—asking to play a game of shovels and live-wire. “Something—Eye Spy” is not a poem to be missed.   Something — Eye…

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Poetry: ON ONE MAN’S SUCCESS AND FAILURE OUTSIDE THE HOUSE OF BLAH by Michael Trocchia

By Michael Trocchia | August 17, 2018

Michael Trocchia’s poem plays with wonderful absurdity, with “gross splendor” from every angle—crafting an esthetic relaxation where the profound dances gracefully in your peripheral vision. “One Man’s Success and Failure” is a triumph of blah.   ON ONE MAN’S SUCCESS…

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Industry Prize Runner-Up: Polyphagia by Brian Tierney

By Brian Tierney | August 15, 2018

Our Industry Prize judges were equally admirable of Brian Tierney’s poetry as they were of Gabriel Kruis’—they both tied for second place. Today we publish Tierney’s poem, “Polyphagia,” a wonderful and vulnerable meditation on the struggle of an eating disorder.…

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Poetry: Cantata by Vedran Husic

By Vedran Husic | August 10, 2018

We’re always on the lookout for a great poem that uses rhyme and meter in traditional ways—Vedran Husic’s “Cantata” excels with elegant, simple rhymes. As its title suggests, the heart of the work is music, a thing for your mouth,…

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Industry Prize Winner: Dress code for an immigration interview by Kristin Chang

By Kristin Chang | August 8, 2018

We are so honored to share with you all the winning poem of our Industry Prize. Kristin Chang’s “Dress code for an immigration interview” received the highest scores from judges Don Share, Nicole Sealey, and Matthew Zapruder—a well deserved recognition…

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