Scent, Sex, and Roofing Tar

February 13, 2017

Contributor’s Marginalia: Maryann Corbett on “Introduction to Desire” by Chelsea Rathburn I will never, alas, be a fragrance aficionado. Most fragrances set off in my throat a histamine cascade that turns my nose to a spigot, even fragrances I remember loving years ago, like Chantilly or Tea Rose or Chanel No. 22. Worse, some chemical odors—bathroom cleaner, […]

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Western Wind

February 6, 2017

Contributor’s Marginalia: David Yezzi on “Western Wind” by V. Penelope Pellizon “Western Wind,” the fifteenth-century lyric that came down to us though sixteenth-century musical settings, is my favorite poem about the weather: Westron wynde, when wylle thow blow,              The smalle rayne down can rayne? Cryst, yf my love were in my Armys              And I yn my bed […]

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Almost Anything

January 30, 2017

Contributor’s Marginalia: Sarah Blake on “Coupling” by Hilary Jacqmin I love poems that play with a reader’s expectations. I’m reminded of Donald Barthelme’s “The School” when I read Hilary S. Jacqmin’s “Coupling.” In what might be the sweet, innocent setting of two people who have just moved in together, there is a butcher block “spiked…with knives” and […]

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Fourteen Things I’m Thankful For

January 23, 2017

Contributor’s Marginalia: Maggie Smith on “Taken In” by Anders Carlson-Wee 1. Poems that grab me by the throat in the first sentence. This one is deftly enjambed across two lines: “The fear of growing older less than the feeling / of failing to do so.” 2. The verb raking. The sense-memory of fumbling in the dark, smoothing […]

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The How and the What: An Interview with Amit Majmudar by Cate Lycurgus

January 13, 2017

Amit Majmudar is a poet, novelist, essayist, and diagnostic nuclear radiologist. He is also the first Poet Laureate of Ohio. His latest collection is Dothead (Knopf, 2016). Cate Lycurgus, Interviews Editor: I think in this case I’ll begin at the beginning, with the epigraph from your most recent collection, Dothead. In it you quote Dr. […]

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