Review of The Switching/Yard by Jan Beatty

Review of The Switching/Yard by Jan Beatty

    Jan Beatty’s latest collection is one you will want to read. It is as much a journey though the poet’s own sense of origin as it is an exploration of what it means to be alive right now, in this moment. As the title poem insists, “we are all so / separate with the...
Why Write? #26: Marla Cinilia

Why Write? #26: Marla Cinilia

    I write to return home. I write because I’ve been away a long time, but that doesn’t excuse my forgetting. I write to memorize by sight the difference between a hawk and a turkey vulture, to remember that while both birds coast on invisible currents of wind, the...
The Futility of Biography

The Futility of Biography

             Can she really be known, she whom we romanticize?          We can research her family tree, the number of children she bore          and with whom, the climate in which she lived—Did it rain a lot?          Was their social unrest? We can guess what kinds...
Review of Her Familiars by Jane Satterfield

Review of Her Familiars by Jane Satterfield

    Jane Satterfield’s third collection, Her Familiars, is comprised of poems that range in style from full use of the page to the villanelle and sestina. These poems often address the experiences of women, both historical and contemporary. Satterfield’s received...
Why Write #25: Gary Lenhart

Why Write #25: Gary Lenhart

    When I mentioned to my mother that I had more than thirty term essays to read over a weekend, she replied, “Aren’t you lucky that you found a job where you get paid to read? You’ve always liked to read.” I didn’t come from a family of readers; we were baseball-mad...
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