“Poetry As a Way of Thinking: An Interview with James Arthur” by Emilia Phillips

March 27, 2015

James Arthur is the author of Charms Against Lightning (Copper Canyon Press 2012). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, The New York Review of Books, and The American Poetry Review. He has received a Hodder Fellowship, a Stegner Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, and a Discovery/The Nation […]

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A Wholesome Vanity

March 23, 2015

Contributor’s Marginalia: L.S. Klatt on “I Must Be a God” by Gregory Fraser Is audacity essential for poetry? Does the composer have to vaunt herself in order to make herself heard? Walt Whitman believed that the lyric impulse requires a self-aggrandizing gesture. What else are we to make of a “Song of Myself” that unashamedly woos the ego to […]

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Leave-Takings and Letting Go

March 16, 2015

Contributor’s Marginalia: Alexandra van de Kamp on “Aubade with Bicycle” by Cecily Parks I was drawn into Cecily Park’s “Aubade with Bicycle” because of how it deftly progresses from a quiet  song and lament for the morning to a more urgent recording of how we spend time—emotionally and physically, alone and with lovers, alone and waiting for lovers. The […]

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Prose Feature: “Can’t Be Created or Destroyed: An Interview with Mark Jay Brewin, Jr. by Emilia Phillips”

March 13, 2015

Mark Jay Brewin, Jr. is a graduate of the MFA program of Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous journals including Southern Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Hollins Critic, Beloit Poetry Journal, Copper Nickel, North American Review, Greensboro Review, Southern Humanities Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. They have […]

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Poet’s Math

March 9, 2015

Contributor’s Marginalia: Hannah Stephenson on “Lost Earring” by Alexandra van de Kamp In the mathematics of language, “and” is a plus sign. This joins that. Sometimes one entity is submerged in the other, and sometimes they congregate alongside one another in clusters, like ducks and geese. “And” is the word and concept in the gas tank of Alexandra Van […]

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