Elinor Lipman

Elinor Lipman was born and grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts, and attended Simmons College. She has published novels and short story and essay collections. Her novel Then She Found Me was made into a movie of the same name, directed …

Mortal Trash

Mortal Trash

Mortal Trash, by Kim Addonizio. Norton, 2016. $26, 107 pages.

Kim Addonizio’s latest collection emphasizes what she writes about best: sex, relationships, and death. But Mortal Trash refines these concepts and their connection to waste or recovery. Whether meditating on …


One mind was the size of an owl, another
the shape of a watch, another didn’t have
the time to think. Though a few of us smother
in water or smoke, even more die in the salve
on a bad conscience. Aphorisms …


I fell.
nothing happened.
the pines still hoarded
snow’s white knives. lightning came.
thunder woke the horses
from their dreams of astronomy
and burned pastures. swans
dipped their black question marks
into the black river.
I fell
and nothing happened. I dug a well.
swam two miles. swabbed my makeup.
went to bed. I was young
and still had time to pray.
I was the cross
crows form in the sky.
sometimes I was the sky.


Jackson Holbert is originally from eastern Washington and now lives in Waltham, Massachusetts. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in