Daily Archives: February 14, 2016


Editor’s Foreword by Christopher Kondrich

                    “My father told me to do what I loved to do — one third of my life                               will be work.”                                           —Emily Mohn-Slate, “Needlework”   I haven’t wanted to write this foreword. I haven’t wanted to offer the kind of perfunctory sentiments that are often included in these prefatory remarks—how […]


“I WOULD NEVER SAY I’M SORRY IN A DREAM”: VOICE & ALTERITY IN THREE RECENT COLLABORATIVE TEXTS by Kristina Marie Darling

All too often, poets insist on claiming complete ownership over the texts they create. This kind of proprietary gesture is somewhat surprising, given the artistic tradition we have inherited. Literary practitioners since Homer’s time have envisioned poetic voice as an alterity that speaks through the individual, and for this reason, […]


Cryptid by Robert Campbell

    You. Burden. You. Un-favorite child, ruin of your father’s pride. Labyrinth-dweller, hide from the hero. Disappear into rubble. He comes for you with his hockey stick, his bottle rockets, his sock full of pennies. Even now, he is counting out the bullets. You poor bastard. Why do you […]


Diwali: New Moon by Raena Shirali

    The agarbatti plumes its familiar signal: peace, sandalwood, fire alarms shut off. Ganpatis, as always, line my shelves: coal, red, golden. They seem level with me now. They aren’t like other gods, don’t demand change. I turn on every bulb, burn each wick. I know what you’re thinking. […]