Prose Feature: “What the Poem Requires: An Interview with Randall Mann” by Peter Kline

April 11, 2014

Uniting formal elegance with gritty subject matter and a delightfully wicked wit, Randall Mann’s poems are among the most compelling being written today. Whether he is satirizing the poetry world and its vanities, evoking the shame and longing and indignity of adolescence, taking us on a cruising expedition down Larkin Street in San Francisco, or […]

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A Poem After Tomás Q. Morín’s “Saudades”

April 7, 2014

Contributor’s Marginalia: Wesley Rothman on “Saudades”  by Tomás Q. Morín Bassline Saudade Though we slow down, time’s wheel still rolls. —Natasha Trethewey Tracks fade and drop. And albums loop or end in a garage sale box. Artists breathe their last note, and greatest hits, collectors’ editions, biopic films inject us with nostalgia. That Billie track of my […]

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Off Highway 395

March 31, 2014

Contributor’s Marginalia: Shara Lessley on “Bow City” by Michael Lavers I’d forgotten the barber shop, Grand Central Hotel. I’d buried any memory of the mill where ore was crushed in the hunt for gold—or so I thought, until Michael Lavers’ sonnet, “Bow City,” brought Bodie, Lazarus-like, back in its odd state of animated decay. The ghost towns—Lavers’ and […]

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Prose Feature: “Jumping Rope with Sidewalk Chalk: An Interview with Mary Biddinger” by Emilia Phillips and “Upheaval: A Review of Mary Biddinger’s O Holy Insurgency” by Ross Losapio

March 28, 2014

“Jumping Rope with Sidewalk Chalk: An Interview with Mary Biddinger” by Emilia Phillips Mary Biddinger is the author of the poetry collections Prairie Fever (Steel Toe Books, 2007), Saint Monica (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), O Holy Insurgency (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), and A Sunny Place with Adequate Water (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming 2014). She is […]

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The Quick, The Dead

March 24, 2014

Contributor’s Marginalia: Ryan Wilson on “From the Book of the Living” by Wesley Rothman Most of us do not like often to think about death. Not as a real thing, anyway, one that we must at some point experience until we don’t. We say that it’s ‘creepy,’ or that it’s ‘morbid’ or ‘depressing.’ Maybe it is. But really […]

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