Virginia Konchan

Virginia Konchan’s poetry and criticism has appeared in Best New Poets, The Believer, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Boston Review, and Verse. Co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, she lives in Chicago.

“The Story May as Well Begin Here”: Meadow Slasher by Virginia Konchan

    Equal parts nocturnal labyrinth and philosophical investigation, Meadow Slasher, Joshua Marie Wilkinson’s fourth work in his No Volta pentalogy—preceded by Selenography (2010), Swamp Isthmus (2013), and The Courier’s Archive & Hymnal (2014)—metabolizes a wealth of texts and references, yet remains, adamantly, a work of art unto itself. Meadow […]

“suncompelled, / obey the summons of recall”: Tyler Mills’ Tongue Lyre

Tyler Mills’ resonant and resinous—the very quality of the reed instrument and lyre—debut collection Tongue Lyre contains sympathies beyond metaphor, past logic, into prima facie proof of poetry as both neo-epic narrative and song. In an era when the written archive is dangerously close to being usurped by the digital […]

Mourning and the Construction of Place: A Review of C.S. Giscombe’s Ohio Railroads

The intergenre poetic text Ohio Railroads, by C.S. Giscombe, is a long poem in essay form split into two parts; first, a topographical “map” of the post-slavery North and second, a lyric poem.  Both dreamscapes are interpersed by elements of memoir, rooted in the author’s memory of a dream in […]

Excerpts from Vox Populi, an abecedarian chapbook (M, N, S, U, and W) by Virginia Konchan

  M is for Machiavelli, Marilyn Monroe, the market price of madness, and icons or monopolistic despots so notorious as to enter lingua franca (the OED). After Milton’s paradisiacal trilogy gave evil a personage and name, rendering sedition a fait accompli, he now defends the pious against Lucifer’s snares (medievalist […]