When I finished reading Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity, edited by Fox Frazier-Foley and Erin Elizabeth Smith, I was waiting for my partner in Daley Plaza in Chicago under its famed Picasso sculpture. I could hear a din in the distance, and before I knew it, thousands upon thousands of Black […]
The early pages of Jeff Wood’s cinematic novel The Glacier depict a landscape rearranged through a series of instantaneous and radical changes. Jonah, the character who comes closest to serving as a protagonist, works hundreds of yards away from his fellow surveyors, plotting more houses for a cookie-cutter suburban neighborhood that already spreads as far […]
Stranger pulls into relation the wide-ranging thinking in its poems toward an aesthetics of openness to new perceptions — the ability to say “perhaps” rather than always to define.
Speech, wounds, and the body converge throughout these eleven stories, whose traumas range from the innocent pains of childhood to the darker parts of adult experience.
The lightning-quick flash fictions that make up Rachel Levy’s A Book So Red read like skin blistering: before you become aware of your delicious discomfort in such daring prose, there’s a bubble, erupting.
The Words Will Keep Us Connected to Each Other: A Review of Grace Bauer’s Nowhere All At Once by Darius Stewart What is it about Grace Bauer that compels us so much to her work? How many lines defining poetry does she write that enable us to identify our own lives so viscerally because her […]
Our Lives Happen Between the Memorable: A Review of Dexter L. Booth’s Scratching the Ghost by Darius Stewart Too often I’ve been asked, “what exactly is poetry?” The people who ask this question tend to be intelligent professionals—which bewilders me—and some of them, understandably, ask because they are so young; they ask because they haven’t […]