Review of Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky

Review of Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky’s second poetry collection, Deaf Republic, is an exhilarating and anguished poetic narrative. Sixty poems tell the story of an unspecified event wherein, “SOLDIERS—arrive in Vasenka to ‘protect our freedom,’ speaking a language no one understands.” The chilling poems that begin and end the collection suggest an acceptance of the preposterous—an all too familiar, yet distressing reality in today’s Unites States of America.

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Ritual

I turned to the breath-steamed window, parting a pane with my ungloved hand. There among the ornamental maples of the cemetery, I could just make out the wise men: bulb-lit, clustered, faces in prayerful repose. They appeared the day after Thanksgiving and stood through late January, long after we’d packed the plastic mistletoe in tissue, dragged molting trees to the curb. I never found out where the extension cords led.

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Why Write? #2:  Stephen Dunn

Why Write? #2: Stephen Dunn

Welcome to the second installment in our "Why Write?" guest blogger series, in which GMR contributors very generously attempt to unravel for us why they do what they do.  Daryl Scroggins kicked off the series last month, and we're pleased now to present poet Stephen...

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Why Write? #1:  Daryl Scroggins

Why Write? #1: Daryl Scroggins

Welcome to our new guest blogger series "Why Write?," in which we harry some of GMR's contributors with that old question -- damnably obtuse, damnably pointed -- Why do you write? Future guest bloggers will include Stephen Dunn, Norman Lock, Tony Magistrale, Laird...

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David Huddle on Becoming a Writer

David Huddle, a frequent contributor to GMR, has a lovely essay up at 1rst Books:  Stories of How Writers Get Started in which he reflects on his beginnings as poet: Poetry is so intimidating that I spent years sidling up to it. . . .  Poetry was a big rich family at...

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Our New Issue Is Here!

The 2011 Spring/Summer issue is here, and it's big -- bursting with an eclectic mash-up of poetry, translation, fiction, nonfiction, book reviews, and art.  Contributors include Sherman Alexie, Anselm Berrigan, Marge Piercy, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Ilya Kaminsky, Josip...

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