Earth’s Temple

February 10, 2014

Contributor’s Marginalia: Michael Lavers on “Iconography“ by Leslie Bohn “A peculiar vocation,” Leslie Bohn says of her poem’s prophet, a figure who is both seer and maker: “he felt compelled to memorize / dreams and nightmares, catalogue signs and signifiers, / find truth in his own dissembling.” Naturally he is “uncomfortable with his position as prophet”:  […]

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A Rift Between the Lines

February 3, 2014

Contributor’s Marginalia: Matt Morton on “Lake House“ by Michael Homolka I’ve always been drawn to literature that presents life from the child’s point-of-view. There’s something wonderfully refreshing, and often eerie, about experiencing the world through the eyes of someone who is just starting to recognize life’s complexities and disappointments. This strange combination of heightened perception and […]

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What’s In a Nickname

January 26, 2014

Contributor’s Marginalia: J. Allyn Rosser on “Pig Fucker’s Wife“ by Steve Scafidi China Boy.  Drizzle Drip.  Pig Fucker.   These fond insults are privileged references, proof of an exclusive connection, a shared history, a kind of club.  In the case of “Pig Fucker’s Wife,” nicknames emblematize an entrée into “the secret codes of bullshit” cherished by employees […]

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“The Soul’s Country: A Review of Patrice de la Tour du Pin’s Psalms of All My Days (translated by Jennifer Grotz)” by Luke Hankins

January 24, 2014

The name Patrice de la Tour du Pin will be unfamiliar to a great number of English-language readers, and we are indebted to Jennifer Grotz for bringing his work into English for the first time. I first learned about de la Tour du Pin when I encountered some of Grotz’s translations in a periodical. When […]

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A Pilgrim Chaucer Never Mentioned

January 20, 2014

Contributor’s Marginalia: Lisa Ampleman on “The Apostate’s Addendum“ by Zachariah McVicker My first contact with the poem is the mysterious handshake of the title, its juicy ambiguity: “The Apostate’s Addendum.” Addendum to what? To the Bible? To others’ statements of belief? To Jack London’s story of a child forced into labor? I don’t need an answer. […]

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