What Are You Working On, Jonathan Ball?

The following excerpts are from Jonathan Ball’s work-in-progress, The Politics of Knives. from “PSYCHO” But mother, we like her. She skins so beautiful, she showers for us clean. from “IN…

Excerpt from the Novel-in-Progress, “Polyamorous Love Song.” By Jacob Wren

Polyamorous Love Song: a Short Synopsis Polyamorous Love Song is a novel Jacob Wren has been working on for many years now. It is a book of many different narrative…

The Resonance of Things: Jan Zwicky’s “Forge”

I begin my review of Jan Zwicky’s sonorous Forge with some echolocations—that is, intertextual bricolaging—with excerpts from texts that intersect with the sonic undulations present in Forge. Zwicky’s work welcomes…

Wilding the Domestic: Emily McGiffin’s “Between Dusk and Night”

  Patrick Lane, quoted on the back of the volume, is “undone” by Emily McGiffin. Undone – interesting to consider this word as a descriptor when the collection’s final poem,…

On Beauty: Sonnet L’Abbé

Welcome to On Beauty, a series of interviews with poets about their relationship to beauty. For a complete introduction to the project, see the Lemon Hound post published September 21, 2012: Poets On Beauty. The interviews…

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Wanda O’Connor on Robin Blaser

The City wept by a pool midway,     the lover’s conversation claimed itself     like the old head of the wandering Jew painted on leather,     the head follows the voice,     a fluid that is a body…

Essays & Fragments: Clarice Lispector

Here is what Clarice Lispector has to say about understanding and intelligibility: “The desirable thing is to be intelligent and to not understand. It is a strange blessing, like experiencing…