poetry

“The poems toggle between wreckages”: An Interview with Kerrin McCadden
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“The poems toggle between wreckages”: An Interview with Kerrin McCadden

Kerrin McCadden’s poems illuminate life’s sharp-edged particulars, making the touchstones of this physical world resonate with the meditative music of our everyday existence. She’s the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, winner of the 2015 Vermont Book Award and the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize, as well as the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship….

L’Appel du Vide: On Visual Caesuras and Erasure
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L’Appel du Vide: On Visual Caesuras and Erasure

I take the five students of my poetry micro-workshop outside to discuss Claudia Emerson’s latest collection Impossible Bottle. As we sit in the sun, bending over the brilliant bright book pages, a student points to the poem “Metastasis: Web” and volunteers to read it aloud before our analysis of the author’s craft choices. You—join us….

We miss out when US publishers lag behind in adopting global titles: an Interview with Jim Pascual Agustin

We miss out when US publishers lag behind in adopting global titles: an Interview with Jim Pascual Agustin

Why and when did you move from the Philippines to South Africa and how does one choose South Africa in particular? The quick answer would be because of a girl I met on holiday in the mountainous regions Philippines of the north. When I flew to South Africa on 22 October 1994, I only meant…

“I really wanted to just drive and talk with someone”: An Interview with John Gallaher

“I really wanted to just drive and talk with someone”: An Interview with John Gallaher

John Gallaher’s book-length poem In A Landscape has the feel of a long, wide-ranging conversation with an old friend. It’s like one of those cross-country car ride conversations when there’s time to talk about anything and everything: the tiny details of day-to-day living and the meaning-of-life questions that keep us up at night. His other…

Notes on the State of Virginia: Journey to the Center of an American Document, Queries IV and V
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Notes on the State of Virginia: Journey to the Center of an American Document, Queries IV and V

This is the third installment of a year-long journey through Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia. You can read previous installments here and here. ** Query IV: A notice of its mountains Query V: Its cascades and caverns I walked into Queries IV and V thinking Jefferson would use these sections to acknowledge…