Lineages and Lines

September 6, 2016

Contributor’s Marginalia: Stephen Kampa on “Tower Scheherazade” by Austin Allen I suspect that for many writers with formal inclinations, Kay Ryan has opened up new possibilities for short-lined verse. There have been other models, of course. Alan Shapiro uses short free verse lines with wit and panache when he writes, . . . the very air […]

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Angry Red Eye

August 30, 2016

Contributor’s Marginalia: Ruth Williams on “The Petty Politics of the Thing” by Kathryn Nuernberger I used to have a postcard hanging over my desk of a photograph from Cindy Sherman’s self-portrait series. In it, Sherman is dressed in an ill-fitting, black 80s-style skirt suit. At her sides, her fists are clenched so tight you can see […]

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Steely AF

August 22, 2016

Contributor’s Marginalia: Chloe Honum on “It’s always the same party & everyone is nice to you” by Essy Stone I was immediately drawn to Essy Stone’s cinematic poem “It’s always the same party & everyone is nice to you.” The opening lines drop the reader into “a trailer-park rager,” “a bacchanal / for us who work […]

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Prose Feature: “Reckoning with Our Hungers: An Interview with Shane McCrae” by Cate Lycurgus

July 22, 2016

Shane McCrae is the author of four books of poetry: The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books, 2015), winner of the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award; Forgiveness Forgiveness (Factory Hollow Press, 2014); Blood (Noemi Press, 2013); and Mule (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011). He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and […]

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Prose Feature: When the Day Is Honed and All Is Bright: A Review of Steve Scafidi’s THE CABINETMAKER’S WINDOW (LSU Press, 2014), by Amber M. Stamper

June 13, 2016

Steve Scafidi is an immensely talented poet whose fourth collection, The Cabinetmaker’s Window, reveals a sustained interest in addressing the great and eternal themes of poetry—Love, Death, Time, Divinity, Art—and simultaneous willingness to take both material and formal risks. In a poetic landscape preferential to cerebral abstraction, the stylized posturing of ennui, or à la […]

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