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Marcela Huerta: from Tropico

Marcela Huerta: from Tropico

TROPICO I buy a game for the computer in the family room. The game is a simulation game, I buy it full-price at a game store, not for 50% off from the discount bins at Walmart like I usually do. The game I buy is called Tropico. In it you are the jefe of a...
Phoebe Wang: from Admission Requirements

Phoebe Wang: from Admission Requirements

  Excerpted from Admission Requirements by Phoebe Wang. Copyright © 2017 Phoebe Wang. Published by McClelland & Stewart, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved. Please follow and like us:0
Marcus McCann: from Shut Up Slow Down Let Go Breathe

Marcus McCann: from Shut Up Slow Down Let Go Breathe

SEX AT THIRTY-ONE Here’s hunger’s sweet spot, extra dough, and a summary of my competencies, is what I thought the year would be. Under its canopy, I vowed to string enough fairy lights end to end to make waver the dominant view. That and get off. It was overly lofty. Bulbs burst not from weakness...
Susan Briante: from The Market Wonders

Susan Briante: from The Market Wonders

Towards a Poetics of the Dow (excerpt) Everyday has a number attached to it. Great additions, subtractions. This is not just an aesthetic problem (see Ashbery). There is a “natural impulse toward the boundedness of closure.” The bell rings, trading stops. But the world is “unfinished” (Hejinian). Both the rivers and their banks are moving....
Catriona Wright: from Table Manners

Catriona Wright: from Table Manners

ORIGIN STORY Some of it was probably cozy and nice. Close to the fire, silly drunk on sweet fermented plums. Some of it was urgent. One last romp before the man strapped on his sandals and dragged his sword into a bloody field. And some quiet, unbuttoning all those pearl buttons from nape to feet,...
Poem of the Week: Trish Salah

Poem of the Week: Trish Salah

What a vision is. Of course it is not all to do with pleasure, let alone the composition of your genitals, Fluids forming a confluence of energy and sleep, predator joy, and submissive heat. Of course there is no simple logic to a boy in a man’s lap, a slave gazing with devoted eyes, or...
Kevin Connolly "Song"

Kevin Connolly “Song”

Click on poem to advance. [Show picture list] from Xiphoid Process, Anansi 2017 Please follow and like us:0
Bruce Whiteman: from Tablature

Bruce Whiteman: from Tablature

LUTE MUSIC Yeats said music makes us crazy. At its behest, lazy distracted men and women fall into swamps or drown embracing the moon. Oh but that was booze, the test that Li Po failed, flailing visibly in silence, out of air and out of time. No grace there but in the poetry, the story...
Sarah Tolmie: from Trio

Sarah Tolmie: from Trio

66 Have you ever seen a grafted tree? They’re rare. I once saw one that bore apples and pears. It was truly weird and strangely beautiful, Twice-fruited. Copious, plentiful, Glorious. Could that be us? Is this The image I should use? Not ancient Vice, unnatural growth, nature underneath The yoke, but free to flower twice,...
An Introduction: Barbara Mor

An Introduction: Barbara Mor

At Yale recently, I gave a reading accompanied by two graduate students. One of them, Edgar Garcia, started his reading by introducing a poet he said that he had discovered in submissions and had since found, met, interviewed and published. Her name was Barbara Mor. She passed away this year, but not before she found...
Bhanu Kapil: from Ban En Banlieue

Bhanu Kapil: from Ban En Banlieue

Where is the body in the poem? This is a question I have been asking a lot lately, and will continue to ask as I embark on a collection of essays about poetry. This is not a question the reader will have to ask of Bhanu Kapil‘s work though. The body is right there, in...
In Conversation: Shane Book

In Conversation: Shane Book

SQ: You’ve been writing poetry for many years–I first heard about you in glowing terms back in 1999 or so–and yet you’ve just published your second book. Is there a reticence about poetry and poetics, a rigorous poetic practice, a diverse writing life or a combination? Or something else? SB: I took a long time...

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