Prose Feature: “To Go On Living There With Everything: A Review of Joshua Robbins’s Praise Nothing (University of Arkansas Press, 2013)” by Michele Poulos

July 25, 2014

In his debut collection Praise Nothing, Joshua Robbins orients us both to the need for seeking greater spiritual awareness and the disappointments of such seeking, as in the lines “Nothing / is new here under the sun / beating down in mid-April / where no one is looking for the infinite.” Throughout an array of […]

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For Want

July 21, 2014

Contributor’s Marginalia: Amy Beeder on “The Shepherd’s Song” by Jordan Windholz Weeks after I asked George David Clark if I could respond to “The Shepherd’s Song,” I am still unable to really explicate it, which I’m sure will be good news for Jordan Windholz. I can say that I am still astonished by its power and economy: a […]

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Prose Feature: “Chorus: A Review of Rebecca Hazelton’s Vow (Cleveland State University Press, 2013)” by Brandon Amico

July 11, 2014

The voices of Rebecca Hazelton’s Vow express desire so sharply that even when invoked in a conceptual or abstract way it feels like a physical, mutable thing, as in “Book of Denial”: seeing a lover naked the first time                                         erases the prior                                         lover’s body of any certainty                                         in your mind— Vow’s speakers place their fears […]

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Prose Feature: “Full Trajectory: An Interview with Tom Sleigh” by Emilia Phillips

June 9, 2014

Tom Sleigh is the author of eight books of poetry, including Army Cats, winner of the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Space Walk which won the Kingsley Tufts Award. His new book, Station Zed, will be published by Graywolf in January 2015. He has also published a book […]

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Prose Feature: “Metaphysical Courage: A Review of Bruce Beasley’s Theophobia (BOA Editions, 2012)” by Luke Hankins

May 23, 2014

The title of Beasley’s latest book, Theophobia, reminds us that Western religious conceptions of God are inextricably bound to the idea and the experience of fear. The God of Judaism and Christianity is a figure worthy of not only respect but also dread. One of Beasley’s epigraphs for this book is Proverbs 1:7, “The dread […]

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