Contributors: Ronald Schleifer, Elizabeth Hinds, Pamela Slate Liggett, David S. Grofs, Kate Beaird Meyers, Grant I. Holly, Tom Bowden, Robert Markley, Richard Cafestta, G. Douglas Atkins
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The footing of the human body is so complicated.
A kestrel breaks upward into beauty. Can gender be a lyric form?
If the river says so. The river says.
Is not God, is not one of the many little gods, …3
Since his book, Remote (1996), David Shields has been in hot pursuit of lies and truths that help us decode a modern reality that can seem a cruel, wired hallucination of publicity, exhibitionism, and spiritual chaos. He is a restless …1
Complicated Grief, by Laura Mullen. Solid Objects, 2015. $18, 120 pages.
Laura Mullen’s writing, especially her emphasis on genre hybridity, urges readers to face emotional and intellectual discomfort by committing to the (perceived) challenges of reading contemporary poetry and prose.
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 …2
Relatively cheap, and oversweet, and yet I take one,
place it full inside my mouth.
A drone the fuck inside a beige and cuboid house
and through a loving mother’s skull
and through the soul of us.
A praline in …2
Translation by the author
(Rukiga original follows the English, below)
You are coming from your friend’s. It is Sunday. The date is the 9th of August. You have spoken about the far and near, you have indeed nattered. Y’know …2
Oil on canvas, 2007
6 x 9 ft.
For a time, Lochmire experimented with exaggeration as a way to create empathy. Except in the context of art theory, most of the results failed. The Stand-Up Comedian Eats Breakfast is …2
Contributors: Ralph Angel, Kim Bridgford, Allen H. Chappel, Peter Cooley, Sandra Cooper, Nancy Cotton, Ron De Maris, Michael Harper, Peter Kosenko, Melissa Lentricchia, Breon Mitchell, John Mosier, Carolyn Porter, Vilas Sarang, Reed Way Dasenbrock, Susan Willis, Daniel Weissbort, Gabriele Wohmann…0
The lion on the family mausoleum lies still,
mossy-backed and obedient.
When no one watched I rode it.
I never thought of those buried,
only wanted to escape the living
who were so easily offended.
Beatrice hated the place
An experiment with the form of the nineteenth-century-style review: mega-long excerpts connected by impressionistic ligaments.
Pale Horse, Pale Rider, by Katherine Anne Porter. Random House, 1936.
Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell tried to persuade Charlotte Brontë—whose grim experience of the …1