Maurya Simon’s The Wilderness: New and Selected Poems 1980-2016 (Red Hen Press 2018, 218 pages) represents a life of questioning and perception, whether the scene is a backyard or a street in Bangalore or the ekphrastic poems of The Weavers or reflections on sinners and saints.
“Here I am/in a century that has its eyes/shut tight,” writes Katie Condon in “Origin,” the first poem in her debut collection Praying Naked (Mad Creek Books 2020). Like so many of the poems, “Origin” moves fluidly between an I and an us, between the natural world and the one created by human beings.
The women strap me down
So you won’t fall
Watched me climb
the combers breaking and breaking on white sand,
sand made even whiter by the Guadeloupe moon.
When I get to my father’s house, he’s outside pushing a tripod orchard ladder across the lawn. No surprise he checked himself out of the hospital and has already started working. It’s been six months since I’ve been home, and he looks thin, even under his...
Snow in the parking lot of the factory
unfair to its workers. Snow in the parking lot
of the school where the children were shot.
The editors are pleased to announce the finalists for the first annual GMR Book Prize.
Prize judges, Sarah Manguso and Olena Kalytiak Davis.
Winners will be announced soon.
From the branches I catch the flicking
of an eastern kingbird, it’s raspy call
On this morning Casey’s family sat in the same place where they always sat in the Addison Methodist Church, a little more than halfway back on the right side, first Aunt Ada, then Casey’s little sister, then his mother, then himself, then his father.
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