Kristina Marie Darling

Becoming What I’ve Always Been: A Review of Joy Ladin’s Fireworks in the Graveyard

Joy Ladin’s eighth poetry collection, Fireworks in the Graveyard, is a testimonial of personal transformation. A stunning book tormented by fear and bodily discomfort, yet one also celebrating stalwart perseverance. Ladin’s personal experience with gender transition might be the book’s inspiration, but the work is poised for universal interpretation. The […]

On Amelia Martens’ The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat

Amelia Martens’s debut collection of prose poems, The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat (Sarabande, 2016) is a successful, surprising, and darkly humorous rumination on contemporary public, domestic, and divine life. The unassuming nature of the prose poem’s form, coupled with a childlike philosophy regarding life […]

A Selection of Poems by Selva Casal, translated from the Spanish by Jeannine Pitas

    Download the PDF file .     Selva Casal (b. 1930) is the author of fifteen books of poetry. A former lawyer and professor of sociology, Casal is inspired by her experiences working with people who have faced injustice. She resides in Montevideo, Uruguay.   Jeannine Marie Pitas […]

Untitled [“i planted a camellia in the yard”] by Lyudmyla Khersonska, translated by Katherine E. Young

    i planted a camellia in the yard. i wanted to be a lady, not a war-ravaged rag, to cast down my lashes, let fall a light glove, put on red beads, patent-leather boots, i listen: are there explosions, does someone stomp the earth....     Lyudmyla Khersonska lives […]