Prose Feature: “A Single Step Over and Over: An Interview with Chloe Honum” by Emilia Phillips

April 17, 2015

Chloe Honum was born in Santa Monica, California, and was raised in Auckland, New Zealand. She is the author of The Tulip-Flame, selected by Tracy K. Smith as winner of the 2013 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize. Her honors include a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, as well residency fellowships […]

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Two Griefs

April 13, 2015

Contributor’s Marginalia: Katy Didden on “Double Portrait” by Brittany Perham The first poem that stood out to me in this issue was “Double Portrait [Years ago when the men left the women]” by Brittany Perham. I was drawn in first by the humor, then by the syntax, and then by the curious way Perham pluralizes narrative. But this poem […]

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Aesthetics are not Empathy

April 6, 2015

Contributor’s Marginalia: Elizabeth Barnett on “Training Course” by Amit Majmudar It’s comforting to think bad politics makes bad language and so bad art. That was the balm of the Bush era Daily Show: if we’re smart enough, we will also be good. Amit Majmudar’s “Training Course” might be read as the Obama-era answer to that optimism, revealing how sophisticated […]

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Prose Feature: Domestic Commotion: A Review of Lilah Hegnauer’s PANTRY (Hub City Press, 2014), by Cassie Pruyn

April 3, 2015

Though the setting of Pantry is undoubtedly the kitchen, the metonym and microcosm of the domestic sphere, there is nothing precious or mundane about Lilah Hegnauer’s poems. Her use of language—whip-smart and elegant—pulls the reader immediately into the realm of the uncertain; right away, we are careening down the page, with the first title also […]

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The Cure

March 30, 2015

Contributor’s Marginalia: Rob Griffith on “Bald” by Enid Shomer I should admit it at the beginning: I’m a sucker for a good poem about mortality.  Give me Death sweeping into the room in a swirl of black, flashing his bone-grin left and right at the crowded café tables, and I’m in.  Let him point a bony digit at some […]

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