John McCarthy’s latest book, Scared Violent Like Horses, ruminates on growing up lower class in the Midwest and coping with family traumas. The stories of a hardscrabble life dominated by silos and switchgrass are told with an impressive tenderness that contrasts starkly with their often-painful subjects. Particularly striking are those [...]
Featuring work by Gary Fincke, Sindya Bhanoo, Willy Palomo, Steven Harvey, Elizabeth Hazen, Julie Marie Wade, the winners of our annual contest, Cady Vishniac, Julialicia Case, and Ellen Seusy, an interview with Lucas Mann, artwork by Melissa Cundieff, and more!
Time after time in Nick White’s second book, Sweet and Low, characters confront dilemmas they “haven’t yet found a language for.” In “Cottonmouth, Trapjaw, Water Moccasin” a solitary bigot is crushed underneath a wrecked lawnmower, bellowing impotently knowing “no one would hear him,” out alone in the country, abandoned by a [...]
...splitting time between writing, editing, teaching, and all things poetic is something Chan sees as a dream life, a fantasy come true. This idea–the true life fantasy–is something that often surfaces in her poetry whether that is creating the perfect array of dishes for a meal or the fetishization of [...]