Boomerangs Toward Mystery: An Interview with Keith Leonard by Cate Lycurgus

May 19, 2017

Keith Leonard is the author of the poetry collection Ramshackle Ode (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016). He is also the author of a chapbook, Still, the Shore (YesYes Books, 2013). His poems have recently appeared in the Academy of America Poets Poem-A-Day Program, Horsethief, and Copper Nickel. Keith has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ […]

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Prose Feature: The Mind as a Primer of Spirit: A Review of Josephine Yu’s PRAYER BOOK OF THE ANXIOUS by Michele Rozga

May 3, 2017

How can a writer embody, and then describe, her mind as a rambunctious and ultimately unknowable animal, with shifts and a wildness that can be followed through poems, or resisted in them, but not controlled? The partial answer, given deftly in Prayer Book of the Anxious, published by Elixir Press (2016), is that she might […]

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Two Whelks

April 24, 2017

Contributor’s Marginalia: Adam Giannelli on “Whelk” by Lisa Russ Spaar Lisa Russ Spaar’s “Whelk” wavers between presence and absence, and this tension begins in the title, which refers both to the sea snail and its empty, turbinate shell. The poem begins in ode-like fashion, meditating upon and endowing with metaphor the bereft shell, a “windowsill cornucopia” and […]

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Backwards Prompt

April 17, 2017

Contributor’s Marginalia: Chelsea Wagenaar on “Qualifications for One to Be Climbed by a Vine” by Anna Lena Phillips Bell Sometimes I get stuck. I run out of momentum and ideas, and when I come to the page to write, I sputter. People sometimes ask me what my writing process is, imagining, no doubt, that a poet’s process […]

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What Can I Give You?

April 10, 2017

Contributor’s Marginalia: Anna Lena Phillips Bell on “Love Poem” by Maggie Smith Maggie Smith’s “Love Poem” seized me on first read—both because it’s made of fine, strong sentences that move between lines and couplets with ease, and because it offers an answer to one of my preoccupations. It’s ever harder to write something meaningful about the particular […]

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