Featured Selection

  • Ira Sadoff: “…an attentive laboring.”

        Ira Sadoff with Michael Hafftka painting 2011.     Mitchell: Ira Sadoff, you’re one of American Poetry’s most distinguished senior poets, of whom the esteemed, elder poet Gerald Stern has said, “Nowhere else in American poetry do I come across a passion, a cunning, and a joy greater than his. And a deadly accuracy. I see him as

    Issue #59 June 2016
  • Thomas McCarthy: The Sacred Hours

                Thomas McCarthy is an Irish poet, novelist, and critic, born in Cappoquin, County Waterford, and educated at University College, Cork. Along with Maurice Riordan, Gregory O’Donoghue, Theo Dorgan, William Wall, Gerry Murphy, and Greg Delanty, he was part of a resurgence of literary activity under the inspiration of Sean Lucy and John Montague. He

    Issue #58 May 2016
  • Lawrence Matsuda and Tess Gallagher: “Blue Cocoon”

    “Blue Cocoon” is a collaboration between Tess Gallagher and Lawrence Matsuda. The entire book (three sections), entitled Boogie-Woogie Crisscross, is the first production of Plume Editions – for more details see the Editor’s Note in this issue, and/or the April Newsletter. Below is a brief introductory exchange between the poets, moderated by Associate Editor for Special Projects Nancy Mitchell – who

    Issue #57 April 2016
  • Cynthia Cruz: “Duras, the Mystic”

      NM:    Hi Cindy. I don’t want to spoil our readers’ pleasure in your graceful and convincing argument that Marguerite Duras was a mystic, and how the act of writing established her in the long tradition of spiritual practice so I won’t say too much about the particulars in your featured essay “Duras, the Mystic.” However, I’d like to chat

    Issue #56 March 2016
  • Emmanuel Moses A Mutual Rêverie

      NM:  Good Morning Emmanuel.  Your beautiful poems have emboldened me to suggest that we transcend this sensually impoverished cyberspace and meet this morning on my pond dock for a version of My Dinner with Andre; perhaps Coffee with Emmanuel and Nancy? The aroma of coffee—or is it espresso, for you? —hovers the dark elixir of fallen, damp leaves and

    Issue #55 February 2016
  • Dick Allen: Of Mountains, and Bird’s Nest Soup, and Charles Lindberg

        Of Mountains, and Bird’s Nest Soup, and Charles Lindberg   Someplace in my life, in the back of my mind where there’s a small kitchen, I began to notice similarities between names of Chinese paintings and names on Chinese menus.  Here are some of these actual names:   Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains Seafood with Bird’s Nest Loquats

    Issue #54 January 2016
  • Christopher Buckley: The Half-life of Revolution—Particle Physics, History, Baseball and Baby-Boomers.

        NM:    Chris, I can’t tell you what a kick of pleasure, as well as a kick in the gut, this boomer is getting out of The Half-life of Revolution—Particle Physics, History, Baseball and Baby-Boomers. The upshot, so unabashedly bleak, is somehow redeemed by your unique perspective, wit and craft.  Against Carl Sagan’s mellifluous lullaby “We are made of

    Issue #53 December 2015
  • Marc Vincenz: SIBYLLINE

        NM: Marc, I’m amazed by the prodigious imagination, intelligence and skill that permeates so much of SIBYLLINE. The narrative arc of this poem spans the emergence of the Italian Renaissance out of the darkness of the medieval era: the Black Death to the Baroque period, which marked its end—O, the arcs & the swirls.  You’ve impressively managed a dual

    Issue #52 November 2015
  • Adam Tavel: Catafalque

     NM: Your poems in this selection are in traditional or variations of traditional form, as are many of your poems in your recent book Plash & Levitation, the 2014 winner of the Permafrost Prize Series Award from the University of Alaska Press. AT: All of the poems here are from my new manuscript, Catafalque, which is almost entirely comprised of

    Issue #51 September 2015
  • Allison Adelle Hedge Coke: A Folio of Indigenous Poets

    What luck the incoming U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, recently reminded us that “the audience is half of the poem.” In this timely folio, Craig Santos Perez, Jamie Natonabah, b: william bearhart, Alice Rose Crow~Maar’aq, Trevino Brings Plenty, Sara Marie Ortiz, Crisosto Apache, Collestipher D. Chatto, LeAnne Howe, Linda Rodriguez, and Rain Prud’homme-Cranford Goméz and Duane Niatum bring a

    Issue #50 August 2015

    As both our schedules had been whipped into a froth by a wicked spring semester’s tail end, and as poet David Clewell’s window of internet access was limited, rather than the volley of e-mails typical of my Special Feature interviews, we had an “old skool” real-time phone conversation!   And I’m so happy we did, as otherwise I would have missed

    Issue #49 July 2015
  • Carol Moldaw: Dew Point

        Dew Point     Because of the nipple crust riming a girl’s breakthrough poem, I google Quetiapine.   From one student I learn what robotripping is; from another, the names of clouds:   diamond dust, sundog, fallstreak halo. At dew point, vapors collect, condense,   become visible, classifiable: cap and banner, cloud-bow, fog bow, crepuscular ray—   yet

    Issue #48 June 2015