Featured Selection

  • Angela Ball

          Angela Ball directs the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her sixth book of poetry, Talking Pillow, was recently published by University of Pittsburgh Press. She currently lives in Hattiesburg with her two dogs, Miss Bishop and Scarlet. Amy Beeder: The poems that appear in this issue of Plume often contain—and sometimes begin with—quoted

    Issue #84 July 2018
  • Gerry LaFemina: A Video Interview and New Poems

      Photo credit Laura Byrnes My hometown of Salisbury, Maryland hosted Gerry Lafemina as poet-in-residence for Poetry Week, April 5-9, 2018. At the end of a whirlwind week of TV and radio interviews, readings and workshops throughout the community, Gerry graciously agreed to come for dinner and an interview with me for Plume ‘s very first video interview. Click on

    Issue #83 June 2018
  • Robin Behn “Fiddle Tune Poems”

      Fiddle Tune Poems   In writing these Fiddle Tune Poems, I was influenced by each tune’s sound—its rhythms, major or minor key, its melody and phrasing—that creates an underlying mood, and also by the images or narratives suggested by the names of the tunes. The poems take their titles from the tunes that inspired them.  They stand on their

    Issue #82 May 2018
  • Norman Dubie: That fraught moment where the old Zen master talks while washing his ass in a bowl of morning tea…

        NM: Hi Norman. Thank you for talking with us at Plume and sharing your lovely, mysterious, and deeply interesting poems; it’s an honor. You’re one of the most revered and beloved elders of the poetry tribe who blazed a trail and held the light for so many early in their writing careers, including my friend and Plume Review Editor, the

    Issue #81 April 2018
  • Lawrence Raab: The Life Beside This One

      NM: I’ve been enjoying your wonderful poems featured here from your new book The Life Beside This One. I’m intrigued with the implications of the title—the “Beside” as in the companionable life which accompanies this one, or “Beside” as in place of this one. LR:  I’ve always been interested in the idea of what one’s life might have been

    Issue #80 March 2018
  • Bruce Bond: Lesser Gods and the Suns They Bear

                    Lesser Gods and the Suns They Bear   These poems are, in another incarnation, one poem, a book-length sequence entitled Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods, forthcoming in 2018 from Elixir Press.  What binds the whole is its exploration of the sun as central to imaginative life and the summons

    Issue #79 February 2018
  • Jeffrey Skinner: A Prescription Tinfoil Hat

                  NM: Hey Jeff! You mentioned in a recent phone convo that your most recent book Chance Divine, which won the Field Poetry Award, and was published in February 2017, was a landmark for you in terms of resolving decades of preoccupations/obsessions.  What exactly are these? JS: I’d say Chance Divine was more a

    Issue #78 January 2018
  • 21 Polish Poems

    Edited and Translated by Benjamin Paloff.   Polaroid: 21 Poems by Justyna Bargielska Miłosz Biedrzycki Magdalena Bielska Julia Fiedorczuk Krzysztof Jaworski Marcin Sendecki Andrzej Sosnowski   translated from the Polish by Benjamin Paloff     Foreword (A Caption) Shortly after the editors of Plume asked me if I would be interested in assembling an anthology of contemporary Polish poetry, my

    Issue #77 December 2017
  • 21 Contemporary Indian Poets

    AKHIL KATYAL ♦ ANAND THAKORE ♦ ANINDITA SENGUPTA ♦ ARUNDHATHI SUBRAMANIAM ♦ VINOD KUMAR SHUKLA TRANSLATED BY ARVIND KRISHNA MEHROTRA ♦ CP SURENDRAN ♦ DEVASHISH MAKHIJA ♦ ELLEN KOMBIYIL ♦ HOSHANG MERCHANT ♦ KEKI DARUWALLA ♦ MENKA SHIVDASANI ♦ MICHAEL CREIGHTON ♦ MINAL HAJRATWALA ♦ NITOO DAS ♦ RANJANI MURALI ♦ RANJIT HOSKOTE♦ RAVI SHANKAR ♦ SAMPURNA CHATTARJI ♦  SHIKHA MALAVIYA

    Issue #76 November 2017
  • Contemporary Faroese and Danish Poetry

      I’ve been back in my home state of West Virginia for a couple of years now. One friend tells me that she can hear me “slip back into my drawl” when I talk to my dog, Sarge. At a lunch meeting recently, the man across the table put down his fork mid-sentence, gave me a quizzical look, and said,

    Issue #75 October 2017
  • Three Contemporary Russian Poets

      Viacheslav Kupriyanov, Dmitry Kuzmin, and Aleksandr Kabanov, Trans. by Alex Cigale Translator’s Note After hearing with an acceptance from Danny for the following selection of contemporary Russian poetry, I had taken to calling the three Russian poets I have the distinct pleasure to present in Plume this month “the Special Ks,” by which I light-heartedly mean that this coincidence, of their

    Issue #74 September 2017
  • Pablo Neruda: New Translations

    Sarah Green, Tomás Q. Morín, and David Young   “Soul Arborist”: Two Translations of Pablo Neruda’s THE HEIGHTS OF MACCHU PICCHU David Young (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2015) Tomás Q. Morín (Copper Canyon, 2014) Interviewed by Sarah Green               When I heard that both David Young and Tomas Morin had Macchu Picchu translations coming

    Issue #73 August 2017