Hanging a Poem on the Wall

October 19, 2015

Contributor’s Marginalia: Rick Bursky on “Everybody’s a Picasso” by Rebecca Morgan Frank I was in a bank in Hollywood, California. Standing in line next to me, a man with a white painted face, red rubber ball on his nose and shoes that extended six inches past the toes and curved up. “the scalp, the nose. Parts of the […]

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Here Shabbiness, Here Halo

October 12, 2015

Contributor’s Marginalia: Cate Lycurgus on “Midafternoon” by Anna Lena Phillips Bell On most days by midafternoon, no matter which way I slice the light, I find it lacking. Rooms feel stale, or maybe I do; it is a time when whatever I have failed to do looms, everyone is busy with something else, and worst of all—I’m getting […]

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Word-Music

October 5, 2015

Contributor’s Marginalia: Rebecca Morgan Frank on “Completion of the Jackson Ferry Shot Tower” by Corrie Williamson I’ve always loved the term “word-music,” because to me it encompasses what I love most in poetry, the way the music of words can carry us with its tune, linking our bodies to the poem while the words by nature ground their own […]

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Be A Man

September 28, 2015

Contributor’s Marginalia: Benjamin S. Grossberg on “Halloween” by Chad Abushanab “For Halloween this year I’ll be a man.” Why does the poet want to “be a man”? Isn’t he one already? What I love about Abushanab’s “Halloween,” a poem which is half elegy for his father and half criticism of him, is its understated emotional complication. That complication is […]

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Once the Birds Have Taken Flight

September 21, 2015

Contributor’s Marginalia: Dan Pinkerton on “The Stone is Worldless” by Gina Franco I was never a dedicated reader of Shakespeare and haven’t so much as glanced at one of his plays since college, some twenty years ago. My memory is so porous I remember only bits and pieces: Lady MacBeth trying to scrub the imagined bloodstains from her hands, […]

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