Melissa Bull: Two Poems, Six Questions

EDISTO In the truck my roast pink mother floats in a piggy nightgown from the Piggly-Wiggly. She’s drinking piña colada. I’ve got corn mash or some kind of corny nosto-industrialized…

Pulled off my Shelves #2: bill bissett’s Rush: what fuckan theory: a study uv language.

bill bissett’s work—for the past several decades—has been problematic. His lyrical voice is complicated by his complex idiosyncratic orthography. His concrete poetry intersperses dense typewriter-driven grid pieces with diagrams of…

What’s in a reading: on hearing Gwendolyn Brooks

I’ve heard several recordings of Brooks reading “We Real Cool” over the years. Yesterday, in class, I played her again. This after having a student read the poem out loud.…

This Is Why I Hurt You: A Brief Post on Kate Greenstreet

Kate Greenstreet This Is Why I Hurt You, Lamehouse 2008 Greenstreet’s little chapbook fell out from a pile of books on my desk marked “for review.” It’s a big pile…

Chris Hutchinson on Jeramy Dodds

Like many, I enjoy contemplative, epiphany-seeking poetry. Poetry whose contents and formal properties collude to make art and psychological reality appear as one. A lovely fiction! And I duly appreciate…

Adam Sol: A conversation ending with a poem

LH: What was the inspiration for Jeremiah? AS: There were a few different inspirations. First, I wanted to experiment with a highly rhetorical, loud voice, as a response to a…