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Poetry: Christmas alla Romana by Anthony Tao

By Anthony Tao | January 11, 2019

How can you a poet write of Rome without writing of its food? Anthony Tao takes us on a sprint through the spaghetti, the pandoro, the Caravaggio—we devour the language of “Christmas alla Romana” as we would the delicacies of…

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By Owen McLeod | January 4, 2019

Owen McLeod here delivers a poem both playful and sinister—a carnival mirror that shoves back uncomfortable truths in its twisting reflection. The hashtags and the copyrights give “Three Moments…” a certain childishness, like a drawing a kid would make for…

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Award for New Poets, 1st Place Winner: The Anorexic’s Aubade by Kirk Schlueter

By Kirk Schlueter | December 28, 2018

Today is the day! Proud to present Kirk Schlueter’s wrenching “The Anorexic’s Aubade,” selected by Victoria Chang for the $3000 prize. The poem is tender—medium rare—haunting like an empty stomach, and speaks in a voice like prayer across a handful…

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Award for New Poets, 2nd Place Winner: Heart postpartum by Cara Waterfall

By Cara Waterfall | December 27, 2018

We’re all very excited to share with you the winners of the 2018 Award for New Poets, selected by Victoria Chang. Today, we’re continuing with our second place winner, “Heart postpartum” by Cara Waterfall—wherein so much relies on the heart…

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Award for New Poets, 3rd Place Winner: Self-Portrait No. 5 by Cynthia Manick

By Cynthia Manick | December 26, 2018

We’re all very excited to share with you the winners of the 2018 Award for New Poets, selected by Victoria Chang. Today, we have “Self-Portrait No. 5” by Cynthia Manick—a lovely poem of birds and bellies and the inevitable struggle…

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Poetry: Unfinished Poem by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

By Rochelle Jewel Shapiro | December 14, 2018

The past can be a plague, an ever-present intrusion of darkness—Shapiro walks us into the shadow sweetly here, carefully with image and enjambment and long, rolling sentences. A family wakes together on a weekday: the father, the mother and daughters,…

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Poetry: Transformation Sequence & Unbecoming Extraterrestrial by Aline Dolinh

By Aline Dolinh | December 7, 2018

Aline Dolinh’s writing physically invigorates—all that imagery of teeth and blood and mouths over-full. It’s a powerful invitation: to lean your reader body through the mirror of the poem and into its luminous space, dark and bloody as it is.…

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Two Poems by Susan Yanos, 2018 Frontier Fellow

By Susan Yanos | December 5, 2018

It’s no secret that the literary world has baked-in institutional obstacles and biases, and our fellowships, like all we do, are intended as an effort to break those barriers. We are honored to share with you all two poems by our…

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Poetry: Flooded by Katherine Indermaur

By Katherine Indermaur | November 30, 2018

Katherine Indermaurs series of triplets flex a considered and deliberate rhythm—let the syntax carry your reading into your body, the pauses and the rushing forward, the flooding of your sense of balance. Her poem meditates on grief and loss, the…

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Poetry: at tha request of angels by Kesi Kmt

By Kesi Khmet | November 23, 2018

With”at the request of angels,” Kesi Kmt folds language and dialect and dream into a song on growing up and the fire that comes. Every choice serves her speaker—the apocolyptic imagery and the strong, familial dialect—revealed powerfully, surprisingly in the…

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