Daily Archives: February 28, 2019


Flyover Country: As Mindset & Act of Colonization and Aggression

In Austin Smith’s sophomore collection, Flyover Country, there are bucolic echoes of what made Smith’s first collection, Almanac, so exceptional: abandoned barns, barbed wire fences, and haunted cornfields imbued and personified with the qualities of longing and the desire for redemption. While some of the poems contain that memorable, roughshod, […]


“Being made again”—Hyper-talk & Grace in David Tomas Martinez’ Post Traumatic Hood Disorder

Only, perhaps, in a poem by David Tomas Martinez is one likely to encounter, in the span of a few lines, the lyrics of Drake’s “Started from the Bottom” juxtaposed with references to Sisyphus, Che Guevara, William Carlos Williams, the Bechdel test, Cesar Chavez, and Moses. “My mind is made […]