Flesh of My Flesh

February 29, 2016

Contributor’s Marginalia: Rochelle Hurt on “The Clinic Bomber’s Mother” by Shara Lessley This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman –Genesis 2:23 On its surface, Shara Lessley’s “The Clinic Bomber’s Mother” is a carefully built character sketch in sonnet form. In fourteen sonically rich lines, Lessley describes the minutiae of […]

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Prose Feature: “The Texture and Proximity of the Human Voice: An Interview with Carmen Giménez Smith” by Emilia Phillips

February 26, 2016
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Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of the memoir Bring Down the Little Birds and four poetry collections: Milk and Filth, Goodbye, Flicker, The City She Was, and Odalisque in Pieces. Milk and Filth was a finalist for the NBCC Award in Poetry. She is the recipient of a 2011 American Book Award, the 2011 Juniper […]

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Lit Well

February 22, 2016

Contributor’s Marginalia: Randall Mann on “Scale” by Kathy Fagan I have always been a massive fan of Kathy Fagan’s work; I love this subtle, disquieting poem. Just look at the first sentence: “At this point in our lives we expected to be more / satisfied with the lighting.” Indeed. I admire that “our,” presumptuous yet inclusive; she risks alienating […]

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Clench and Unclench

February 17, 2016

Contributor’s Marginalia: Aaron Krol on “Silence is Golden“ by Rochelle Hurt How do you make a one-trick poem worth your readers’ attention? Rochelle Hurt’s “Silence is Golden—” has one trick almost from start to finish: scrambling old proverbs and maxims into odd new contortions. “[A] bird in the fist is the worth / the whole wedding,” she kicks off […]

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Prose Feature: “Witness Through Listening: An Interview with Oliver Bendorf” by Emilia Phillips

February 12, 2016
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Oliver Bendorf is the author of The Spectral Wilderness, selected by Mark Doty for the Wick Poetry Prize. Recent and forthcoming work can be found in Alaska Quarterly Review, diode, The Feminist Wire, Southern Indiana Review, and Sycamore Review. He holds an MFA and an MLIS from University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he held the Martha […]

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