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Poetry: When I Die You Don’t Have to Divert the River for Me by Barbara Mossberg

By Barbara Mossberg | February 14, 2020

Sometimes it is nature that is able to portray our exact experience; “When I Die You Don’t Have to Divert the River for Me” by Barbara Mossberg reminds us the river can represent life and death – “Meanwhile the river…

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Poetry: The Introvert & Life Beside by D.R. Shipp

By D.R. Shipp | February 7, 2020

“The Introvert & Life Beside” by D.R. Shipp reminds us sometimes the monotony of life draws a black cloud over our heads, and sometimes the day is filled with marvel, with Cobb salads, with crowds. And these things, the everyday-ness…

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Poetry: The Wall as the Diameter of Aperture by Hussain Ahmed

By Hussain Ahmed | January 31, 2020

“I unmake all these memories, and the shrapnels are balls in my armpits”–how often do we find ourselves stilled by memory and trauma? In Hussain Ahmed’s “The Wall as the Diameter,” we briefly enter a world in which a speaker…

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Poetry: LAY ME ON THE TABLE + PUT FLOWERS IN MY MOUTH by Matt Mitchell

By Matt Mitchell | January 24, 2020

Through beauty, benevolence, and brazenness, Matt Mitchell’s “LAY ME ON THE TABLE + PUT FLOWER IN MY MOUTH,” reminds us that home is always around the corner even when we least expect it, even in the “crowning bulb of blood…

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2019 Award for New Poets, 1st Place Winner: [X][Y] / [X][X] by Golden

By Golden | January 22, 2020

This is it! The winner of the 2019 Frontier Industry Prize of $3000—selected by Eve L. Ewing, Kaveh Akbar, and Ocean Vuong: Golden’s “[X][Y] / [X][X]”. An incredible feat of new form and innovative lines, the poem throttles you in…

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Poetry: O. unilateralis by G.J. Sanford

By G.J. Sanford | January 17, 2020

Names are invasive fungus and sestinas are just tough games of poker—so goes G.J. Sanford’s new poem, “O. unilateralis.” When we look, when we trace backwards from our own small handed mothers: what do we find greenly crawling up the…

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2019 Award for New Poets, 2nd Place Winner: THE NAMING by Alan Semerdjian

By Alan Semerdjian | January 15, 2020

We’re all very excited to share with you the winners of the 2019 Frontier Industry Prize, selected by Eve L. Ewing, Kaveh Akbar, and Ocean Vuong. Stay tuned for our winner Golden’s poetry on the 22nd. Today, we have Alan…

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Poetry: Razing by Anna Newman

By Anna Newman | January 10, 2020

“Razing” is Anna Newman’s self-improvement letter to myself: a rummaging of pain and home and pine. Notice the urge to follow the speaker wherever she leads, even the false and the broken, even to a mirror for our own selves—that…

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2019 Award for New Poets, 3rd Place Winner: Lot’s Wife by Diamond Forde

By Diamond Forde | January 8, 2020

We’re all very excited to share with you the winners of the 2019 Frontier Industry Prize, selected by Eve L. Ewing, Kaveh Akbar, and Ocean Vuong. Stay tuned for our second place poem by Alan Semerdjian next Wednesday, and our…

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Poetry: What I Said to God by Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto

By Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto | January 3, 2020

Though the poem would split you into stilts and beads and strangeness, Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto’s “What I Said to God” also brings you back, sinks you back into your body—that which you, so very often, forget you are. Notice the gentleness…

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