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Fumbling and Experimenting With Language: The Unpredictability of Poetry

An Interview With Sherry Shahan by Jonah Meyer, Poetry Editor Having a molecule of an idea and watching it morph into a creature I no longer recognize. I’m an avid scribbler—everything from quirky lines heard in a song to snippets of an overheard conversation and odd images that randomly pop into my head. –Sherry Shahan […]

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Poetry as Medicine: The Healing Capacities of Writing

An Interview With Poet T.W. Sia by Jonah Meyer, Poetry Editor  “To me, poems became the most concentrated reflections of our most prickly stories—the kind that we beg someone will be generous enough to listen to, but also the kind that makes us fear our own vulnerability.” –T.W. Sia   Thank you, T.W., for taking […]

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Silence and Stillness: The World at Night Welcomes Free-Writing Flow

An Interview With Featured Poet Ali Gipson by Jonah Meyer, Poetry Editor   With my poetry, I strive to examine myself in terms of whom I have been, currently am, and will be, and how these versions of myself are influenced and impacted by the natural world around me.   Why do you write poetry? […]

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No Need to Choose One Lane: Dazzling Metaphors, Rejection as Accomplishment, and the Intersection of Playwriting and Poetry

An Interview with Bri Craig by Poetry Editor, Jonah Meyer  “Still, I think if you can effectively lay out a moment in time, you can create something that is far more visceral and relatable than trying to stay away from the stories within your own experience.” What are you currently reading? I am currently reading […]

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Smashing Pumpkins, Richard Brautigan’s Face, Strangers’ Sketches and Musings: Nighttime as Write-Time to Dig Into My Surroundings

An Interview with Casey Harloe By Poetry Editor Jonah Meyer “Experiencing poetry of others makes me emboldened to let my guard down in writing even more, to be more trusting and personal.” –Casey Harloe   Your poems we have published here—which I find outstanding, by the way—obviously appear to have been born from specific autobiographical […]

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Double Hashbrowns, Triple Smothered, Triple Covered: On Roller Skating, Waffle House, and Authentic Insight in Poetry

An Interview with Featured Poet Mandy Shunnarah By Poetry Editor Jonah Meyer The poems are everywhere. I just try to be observant so I’ll notice them when they come knocking and can write them down before they go off to somewhere else. –Mandy Shunnarah What was it like growing up in Alabama as you did, […]

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No Poet an Island: Weightlessness and Freedom in Words, Shaping a Beautiful Universe

An Interview with Featured Poet Gospel Chinedu By Poetry Editor Jonah Meyer “When a story is told, there’s this weightlessness and freedom from within. Poetry is the medium by which I unweight myself from a whole lot happening in and around me.” –Gospel Chinedu Why do you write poetry? Writing, beyond the scope of being just […]

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Riding the Dragon: Between Inhale and Exhale, Time Stretching Like Shadows Across Purple Mountains

An Interview with Marcy Rae Henry by Jonah Meyer, Mud Season Review Poetry Editor Please tell us about your writing process. Do you have a specific or favored routine? A preferred time, setting, or place for your creation of poems? Who, what, when, or where tends to inspire you? Generally speaking, what does your revision […]

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The Joy and Distress of Loving

An Interview with Kendra Mills by Jonah Meyer, Mud Season Review Poetry Editor Poetry feels more natural to me than other kinds of writing, and writing feels more natural to me than other forms of expression […] Poetry seems intrinsically auto-fictional to me, the interpolation of the two forms can occur naturally and without explanation. […]

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On How People – Like Fish – Absorb Their Surroundings Through Skin

An Interview with Christian Hanz Lozada by Jonah Meyer, Mud Season Review Poetry Editor “It’s like the dude on the dance floor whose arms are flailing to their own beat. Yeah, we’re looking, but not because they’re cool – it’s because we don’t want to get randomly smacked.” Christian Hanz Lozada You’ve described yourself as […]

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The Take: Sarah Marquez

The Hatchling                  by Sarah Marquez At my feet. Blocking the way in and out. Blind-head twisted back. Skin-wings outstretched in a mockery of flight. Dead. I step over. I wonder why this doorstep, why today, and who pushed it from the nest, or if it sensed death […]

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Jen Ashburn: On Letting Go Of Bashō And Ignoring Form

Associate Poetry Editor Jonah Meyer Interviews Issue #57’s poet Jen Ashburn Find Jen’s work here. “As much as I love the oblique way poetry can enter your psyche, there’s real value to telling it straight.” — Jen Ashburn Your poem “It Was Not Midnight, It Was Not Raining” is, in my opinion, a mighty achievement, […]

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The Take: Zachary Kluckman

Author’s Statement: “Effigy” is partially inspired by the annual burning of Zozobra, a 50-foot effigy representing all that is negative. My mother passed recently, and the concept of this larger-than-life woman’s absence towers over me similarly. “Effigy” explores the enormity of her cremation, as well as the magnitude – and spectacle – of loss and […]