I Shall Be Released weekend-reads

Kevin Young

What we love       will leave us or is it       we leave what we love,       I forget— Today, belly       full enough to walk the block       after all week too cold       outside to smile— I think of you, warm       in your underground…

Ivan & Imelda

G. K. Wuori

What he did then, this Ivan Carmody—a tall man, though bellied out to a good two-hundred, sixty pounds—he jerked open the passenger door of the car, got in, and said to the woman: “Get out of this car. I’m taking…

Hikmet

Christian Ward

i.m Nazim Hikmet A little unknown folktale is that Nazim Hikmet could tune into radio transmissions using the power of his heart alone. Guards at Bursa Prison noticed he used to stroke his breast and a loud transmission would start…

Organic Formalism and John Witte’s The Hurtling

Scott Knickerbocker

Artifice, whether artistic or technological, comes naturally to humans; moreover, artifice is what paradoxically connects us to the rest of nature. Thus, poetic language, although distinct from nature, nevertheless has an analogous relationship to it; both language and nature occupy…

One Bright Case of Idiopathic Cranofacial Erythema weekend-reads

Colleen Kinder

I blamed the malady on my Irish side: the relatives who stared out from baby pictures like porcelain dolls. My mom’s parents were immigrants, effortfully proper in that just-hoping-to-blend-in-and-prosper kind of way, not to mention Catholic. Severely Catholic. When I…

Review of Richard Kenney’s The One Strand River

Jessica Johnson

Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95 (hardcover) It is difficult to draw a bead on this thick, varied collection, especially since Kenney’s last two books, Orrery and Invention of the Zero, were clearly concept albums. Fortunately, this beast knows itself and leaves…

Actual Cost

Steve Harper

  [Manhattan. Saturday. An almost empty subway car. IYANA, black, and B.T., white, both late twenties, sit next to each other. His arm is around her. Both are dressed nicely in business attire. She looks incredible. He looks uncomfortable in…

A Note on the Misuse of Adverbs

Brian Doyle

One time my brothers and I were sitting at a balcony table in an ancient pub in New York City, conducting scholarly research, when my brother Thomas overheard a conversation below us and embarked on a memorable adventure that I…

Review of Daniel Hall’s Under Sleep

Janet Chalmers

University Of Chicago Press, $22.00 (hardcover) If you want to fall in love with James Merrill (again) be sure to look up his charming age-bowing-to-youth introduction to Amherst-in-residence poet, Daniel Hall’s first book, Hermit In Landscape (1990) which he chose…

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