Poetry

"Television Can Seriously Damage Your Imagination" Acrylic on canvas with enamel tiles, buttons and paper collage

POETRY ISSUE #31

Defense of Dysfunction

By Crystal J. Zanders
 
 

My brother and I used to fight over the remote.

We would spend hours after school

before Mama got home, arms locked in battle.

If you let go, you lost…
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overlap between botany and poetry

Grier Martin interviews
Rebecca Durham

 

Our poetry editor Grier Martin recently had this exchange with Rebecca Durham, our Issue #30 featured poet. Here’s what she had to say about the connection between botany and poetry, her organic writing process, and her interest in ecopoetics…. Read more

"Dead Autumn Leaves In A Rain Gauge" by William C. Crawford, photo

POETRY ISSUE #30

Find the Foci

By Rebecca Durham
 
 

An unclasped lapse

as ascent slips into our axis, to wonder what if

the fourth breath was the fifth?

A sharp breach of shadow…
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talk about this with me

Katie Stromme interviews
Tyler Friend

 

Our nonfiction editor Katie Stromme recently had this exchange with Tyler Friend, our Issue #29 featured poet. Here’s what they had to say about their evolution as a writer, early influences on their work, religion, images, and landscapes…. Read more

"Laid Bare" by Monica Stewart, oil on canvas, approx. 60“ x 48” 2012

POETRY ISSUE #29

Some New Ways of Making Love

By Tyler Friend
 
 

You, holding a corpse pose.

Me, carefully eating a peach,

but cracking a tooth on the pit

anyway. You, riding a bicycle…
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writing is part of how I resist

Erin Post interviews
Chen Chen

 

Our poetry co-editor Erin Post had this exchange with Chen Chen, our Issue #28 and Volume 3 print issue featured poet. Here’s what he had to say about writing communities, pop culture as an influence, and his intentional use of humor in his poetry…. Read more

"Roller-life" by Irina Udalova, tempera on paper, 2008

POETRY ISSUE #28

Circle “C” If You Just Don’t Know

By Chen Chen
 
 

I failed the multiple choice exam. I failed to thank the driver

before exiting the bus. I failed my pet fish in the third grade.

I am failing to recall if it was the third or in fact second grade…
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kingdom of babel

Samuel Hughes interviews
Talal Alyan

 

Our poetry co-editor Samuel Hughes recently had this exchange with Talal Alyan, our Issue #27 featured poet. Here’s what he had to say about political poetry, the concept of change, and the inspiration for his poetry collection Babeldom…. Read more

"redblue" by V.A. Smith, Photograph, Italy

POETRY ISSUE #27

Manifest Destiny

By Talal Alyan
 
 

“…..grow to love that strange language”

this century

bores. its growl like

a feral beast.

I want to devour

it with silver-spoon

teeth. put sea salt

along the spinal

cord of its borders…
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tucked away ennui of the sprawling west

Samuel Hughes interviews
Seth Copeland

 

Our poetry co-editor Samuel Hughes recently had this exchange with Seth Copeland, our Issue #26 featured poet. Here’s what he had to say about his development as a poet, life in a rural area, and our gravitation towards legends, myths, and the past…. Read more