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Poem of the Week: Maria Mazziotti Gillan

April 11, 2014
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Watching the Pelican Die On TV, I watch the pelican with its mouth wide open, its wings and body coated with oil. Is it screaming? I do not hear the sound and since this is a photograph, I don’t know if it was caught in that mouth-stretched howl when it died or if it’s howling […]

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Returning to the Natural Baby Voice: An Interview With Maria Mazziotti Gillan

April 10, 2014
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Did Whitman play it safe? Ginsberg? Anne Sexton? Adrienne Rich? No, they didn’t and that’s why people remember their work.

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On a Harsh Winter

April 7, 2014
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It was night: disorienting. Outside, the stars inside the snow were glittering, and you could hear snow and ice melt all around you if you listened. That was a rough winter. Every winter is rough.

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Poem of the Week: Christine Gelineau

April 4, 2014

Bliss

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Not Done With Her Changes: A Review of Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s “The Silence in an Empty House”

April 3, 2014
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The arrogance of triumph comes to inhabit these poems. And their final meaning is nothing less than a luminous joy the poet can affirm even in the midst of loss.

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Poem of the Week

March 28, 2014
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Prayer for Topaz, 1942 Dear God, Mom said you are busy and don’t have time to listen to a little 8-year-old Negro girl from North Carolina and her foolishness, like praying for a box of candy. That would be selfish. But if it’s really important she said, then I should take it to you in […]

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Way/s of Staying Present: 3 Brief Poems from Michael Hettich’s The Animals Beyond Us

March 25, 2014
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Hettich’s is a poetics of external and internal metamorphosis and regeneration.

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Poem of the Week: Ned Balbo

March 21, 2014
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First Thaw

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“All That Remains”: Dignity Without Bitterness

March 20, 2014
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Fanelli writes about fates that he himself has escaped, but he is unwilling to turn his back, to say: “I’m out of here. You’re on your own.”

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“For Lack of Diamond Years”: the macro and micro dimensions of mythic perception

March 17, 2014
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It’s very rare for a visual artist to so completely translate or, more precisely, transcribe her visual sense into words.

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Poem of the Week: Loren Kleinman

March 14, 2014
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At Fifteen I measured time in cigarettes. Underneath the underpass I popped reds and dropped blues next to sucked off Popsicle sticks. I straddled the concrete curb and anointed the night with love. I was alive— snorting coke in abandoned homes where pigeon shit painted the floor white. I ripped off loose wood and climbed […]

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Poem of the Week: Tony Morris

March 11, 2014
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There’ll Be Heartache

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March 8, 1971

March 8, 2014
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I loved them without hope–the way it should be.

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“Bend to It”: The Negotiation Between Contact and Damage

March 6, 2014
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“Bend to It” swings to and fro as if buffeted by a hurricane.

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“Death Centos” : Company in the Terror of the Unknown

March 1, 2014
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Terror is either the most defining nor the most compelling quality with which death is portrayed in this poetry that interrogates what it means to die, and how we use those final moments before death – both our own and those of others.

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Poem of the Week: Yinka Rose Reed-Nolan

February 28, 2014
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Innocence

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