The British call seagulls the “thugs” of the bird world. They “detest” the birds for snatching food from picnic tables and depositing splotches on cars. Pigeons and magpies come next on the list of most loathed, followed a few slots down by the unlikely sparrow who is simply “dull looking,” a criticism that seems dubious coming from a populace of oxfords, woolens, and tweeds.
arrives like a serrated wing. / Cuts the medium on which it is inscribed. / Cuts the fabric of the real.
In a co-authored essay, Priti Joshi and Susan Zieger observe that “Ephemerality might be described as the lived condition of an industrial modernity, founded on disposability, fluctuating value, and illusion.”
MATT BIALER is the author of seven books of poetry including Radius, Already Here, Ark, Black Powder, The Bloop, Bridge, and Tell Them What I Saw.
As a memoir of amnesia, MacLean’s book seems rather like a paradox, a tale told from memory by a man who can’t remember much of anything. Really, though, it’s a memoir of discovery, or re-discovery, since re-discovery is what’s required if he is to reclaim his life.
MARK HALLIDAY’s sixth book of poems Thresherphobe was published by the University of Chicago Press. He teaches at Ohio University.
Here comes the spring issue, featuring work by Naomi Mulvihill, Bobbie Ann Mason, Corey Zeller, Gina Keicher, Tony Whedon, and many more!
TONY MAGISTRALE is a professor of English at the University of Vermont. His most recent book is called Entanglements, available from
Emilia Phillips’s first collection of poems, Signaletics, masterfully builds an atmosphere like that of an ancient laboratory where the tools are out and books still open.
TONY WHEDON is the author of A Language Dark Enough: Essays on Exile and his poetry collection Things to Pray to in Vermont, both published by Mid-List Press. The Falkland Quartet and Other Poems comes out this summer from Fomite Press. His poetry and essays appear in Harpers, APR, Agni and elsewhere.
Chapel of Inadvertent Joy, the fifth full-length collection from Jeffrey McDaniel, takes its title from a Marina Tsvetaeva line: “I shall lead you, as a guest form another country, / to the Chapel of Inadvertent Joy.” Like Tsetaeva, McDaniel connects to the reader by emotional audacity and always with lush, figurative language.