So I Would Move Among These Things: Maya Deren and The Witch’s Cradle by Fox Henry Frazier“I am hailed by all the girls as a sure poet,” Maya Deren wrote to her mother as a young undergraduate student.
Sven Birkerts on “The End” by Mark StrandI don’t know why this should be, but I find that many important things—I think of them as personal messages—come to me obliquely.
Done with Desire Forever: Color Music Poems of the 18th Century by Rosalind Holmes DuffyRegardless of how much eighteenth-century French poetry you read, you may be unfamiliar with the miniscule canon of verse about color music.
A Kind of Sorcery: On Shame, Defiance and Moral Imagination by Richard HoffmanA half-century ago, Kurt Vonnegut, in Slaughterhouse Five, wrote:
About Mending Walls…Sort of, by Sydney LeaThe COVID-19 scourge has moved a horde of people to my home state,
Dickinson’s Facsicle 16: A Book Review by Steven Cramer
Steven Cramer both enlightens and entertains in his essay, “Dickinson’s Fascicle 16: A Book Review.” In his ambitious undertaking of exegeting Dickinson’s 16th “book,” he writes with a playful erudition that one could easily imagine amusing and even informing Dickinson herself. Acknowledging the futility of trying to divine the “authorial intentions” regarding Dickinson’s fascicles that were last seen intact by
SAT PRACTICE TEST by Denise Duhamel & Julie Marie Wadehaving an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline
Reading the Qur’an with Rumi by Amer Latif
Amer Latif, a native of Islamabad, Pakistan and current professor of comparative religions and Islamic Studies at Emerson College who taught also at Marlboro College for many years, wrote his dissertation on Rumi at New York University at Stony Brook. I asked him to write the following essay, which he has titled “Reading the Qur’an With Rumi”. In succinct, lucid
All These Red and Yellow Things: Short Papers on Art by Lesle Lewis
In her ekphrastic essay, “All These Red and Yellow Things, Short Papers on Art,” Lesle Lewis writes with a refreshingly observant eye and ear about some of her favorite works of art, reminding her readers of his or her inherent acumen for discovering exhilarating appreciation for paintings and song. A celebrated prose poet, Lesle widens her vision and aural perception for
The Solotaroff Protocol, by David KirbyOn April 14, 1994, Barbara and I were driving from Tallahassee to Baton Rouge to visit my parents and decided to split our journey with an overnight stay in Fairhope
“Truscon, A Division of Republic Steel, 1969-70: A Prose-Poem Sequence Disguised as a Lyrical Essay, Itself Aspiring to Be a Fictional Memoir” by Peter Johnson
Peter Johnson’s essay, “Truscon, A Division of Republic Steel, 1969-70: A Prose Poem Sequence Disguised as a Lyrical Essay, Itself Aspiring to Be a Memoir,” reads like a series of prose poems that cohere seamlessly as a moving and occasionally brutal coming of age story about the author’s first job experience in a steel factory in his hometown of Buffalo,
Some Thoughts on the Sublime Irony of Nothing and the Divine Imagination by Chard DeNiord
SOME THOUGHTS ON THE SUBLIME IRONY OF NOTHING AND THE DIVINE IMAGINATION “The most sublime act is to set another before you.” William Blake “Nothing is the force/ That renovates the World.” Emily Dickinson * The legacy of sublime conceits in both secular and religious literature betrays the same ironic muse in an archetypal arc