Dumb Luck & Divine Inspiration

February 27, 2017

Contributor’s Marginalia: Ashley Anna McHugh on “Kyrie for the Gut” by David Wright David Wright’s “Kyrie for the Gut” is a striking poem—not only in its handling of the double exposure form, which can sometimes feel more like a parlor trick, less like a poem—but in the way it leverages its full weight against the fulcrum of […]

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February 20, 2017

Contributor’s Marginalia: Lisa Russ Spaar on “Solstice” by Chelsea Wagenaar I was thrilled to see Chelsea Wagenaar’s beautiful poem “Solstice” on the verso and mine on the recto (pages 2 and 3) of 32 Poems, Volume 14, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2016. Ever since I first met Chelsea (she was my undergraduate student in the Area Program in […]

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Scent, Sex, and Roofing Tar

February 13, 2017

Contributor’s Marginalia: Maryann Corbett on “Introduction to Desire” by Chelsea Rathburn I will never, alas, be a fragrance aficionado. Most fragrances set off in my throat a histamine cascade that turns my nose to a spigot, even fragrances I remember loving years ago, like Chantilly or Tea Rose or Chanel No. 22. Worse, some chemical odors—bathroom cleaner, […]

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Western Wind

February 6, 2017

Contributor’s Marginalia: David Yezzi on “Western Wind” by V. Penelope Pellizon “Western Wind,” the fifteenth-century lyric that came down to us though sixteenth-century musical settings, is my favorite poem about the weather: Westron wynde, when wylle thow blow,              The smalle rayne down can rayne? Cryst, yf my love were in my Armys              And I yn my bed […]

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Almost Anything

January 30, 2017

Contributor’s Marginalia: Sarah Blake on “Coupling” by Hilary Jacqmin I love poems that play with a reader’s expectations. I’m reminded of Donald Barthelme’s “The School” when I read Hilary S. Jacqmin’s “Coupling.” In what might be the sweet, innocent setting of two people who have just moved in together, there is a butcher block “spiked…with knives” and […]

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