New Town, New Light

December 10, 2015

Contributor’s Marginalia: Chad Abushanab on “New Town” by David Yezzi Like much of David Yezzi’s work, “New Town” has a subtle narrative arc and plunges us into the lives of its characters as it exposes a particular moment in time. In this case, a boy and his mother move to a new town. The father has stayed behind. The […]

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December 9, 2015

Contributor’s Marginalia: J.P. Grasser on “There Are No Garbage Days” by Cate Lycurgus I’ve always felt the lunar pull of poems that bring contemporary experience (for me, often characterized by misrecognition) into conversation with the tradition. To literalize a figure, to take the conceptual and return to it materiality, to give formless idea form, is an urge that strikes […]

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A Wiser Want

December 8, 2015

Contributor’s Marginalia: Corrie Williamson on “Springtime makes us want things” by Keetje Kuipers I have spent many years slinking nervously away from political poems or poems of blatant social commentary, and frankly I still do, but these days, I find myself balancing a fear of the finger-pointing didacticism that many overtly political poems fall prey to and which fails […]

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The Swerve

December 7, 2015

Contributor’s Marginalia: Claire Wahmanholm on “Sacred Harp Convention as Dream Figure” by G.C. Waldrep Like all of my favorite poems, G.C. Waldrep’s “Sacred Harp Convention as Dream Figure” disturbs me. It didn’t at first. The outskirts of the poem are benign enough—dreams, golden bubbles, music, a tableau of a banquet. I’m curious more than anything else, and willing to […]

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Prose Feature: Doubly Negative: A Review of Caki Wilkinson’s THE WYNONA STONE POEMS (Persea, 2014), by Michele Leavitt

December 4, 2015

In The Wynona Stone Poems, Caki Wilkinson’s second collection, an omniscient narrator guides the reader through a fictional town inhabited by eccentrics. Here, the town is Pleasant Bluff, which is only pleasant on the surface, and the star eccentric is Wynona Stone, a high-school basketball star who, among other things, crafts a robot head as […]

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