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Gatherest: A Review

March 22, 2018

by KYLAN RICE Gatherest by Sasha Steensen. Ahsahta Press, 2017. pp. 128 Sometimes I like to think of the poem as a child. The poet gives a kind of birth to a kind of offspring, a word. As it was … Continued

The Brown Dirt and the Black Earth

March 19, 2018

by NICHOLAS LEPRE They searched for Francine every Thursday afternoon, after school, in the hidden spaces of the neighborhood. They were halfway to the reservoir, the September sun at their backs, the green leaves beginning to brittle. Kenna in her … Continued

This Mile

March 17, 2018

by JESSI LEWIS My father is planning on burning the brush pile. Pieces of childhood are gathered, braced with dead pines. I don’t know if I recognize this stretch of earth, this mile. Blueberry bushes bleed indigo, broken at their … Continued

The Refugees: A Review

February 26, 2018

by JOHN BECHTOLD The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen. New York: Grove Press, 2017. pp. 207 Novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch, describing what distinguishes good art from pedestrian work, wrote, “the greatest art is impersonal because it shows us the world, … Continued

Ashland

February 18, 2018

by JOSHUA PRICHARD I met a woman out in Ashland once. I was there on shore leave, which we called it even though the shore’s never far away. I worked tow boats up and down the Ohio. Normally I’d take … Continued

The End of Something: A Review

February 7, 2018

by KYLAN RICE The End of Something by Kate Greenstreet. Ahsahta Press, 2017. pp. 176. When she reads out loud, Kate Greenstreet’s poems sound like they’re being spoken during a smoke break outside a bar. Her hands are in her pockets, … Continued

Contemplating Nonexistence

February 2, 2018

by JEFFREY N. JOHNSON I wedge myself between a molded bench and syrup-splattered formica. The waitress caps her pen and grips the menu, says she ain’t serving until I move to another booth. She points to a wasp clinging to … Continued

The Souls of Black Folk: A Review

January 22, 2018

by DON HOLMES The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois. Introduction by Vann R. Newkirk. Illustrations by Steve Prince. Restless Books, 2017, pp. 239 First published in 1903, The Souls of Black Folk remains an iconic text that conceptualizes … Continued

Volunteer Corn

January 19, 2018

by AMANDA YANOWSKI Fifty years ago, on the fifth of July, Birdie Sanders wakes up in her closet of a room on the second floor of the farmhouse thinking about the fields. Washing up in the bathroom, Birdie resents the clean … Continued