The past’s sweetness is distant while its horrors are disturbingly present, and Jodi McCarty stands straddled between them.
by John Baum I’m in line to buy my wife a dress when this guy comes in. It’s raining out, but he’s wearing large black sunglasses, and he doesn’t take them off as he walks around the store. This bothers … Continued
by JULIE WAKEMAN-LINN The last day of September, Sasha rushed into their flat. “Olga, I’ve got us an offer.” Olga sat wrapped in her old quilt with her back to the window. At least today she had folded up the … Continued
Donish juxtaposes continuous moments and memories with discrete, warring abstractions and fragments, exemplifying how poorly our remembered lives cohere with the lives we are leading in the “real” here and now.
SPEECH is a reckoning with the self and its relation to its present condition under the state.
“The fragmentary configuration of the book reflects the complicated, mysterious nature of life itself and the profound complexity of feeling that results from being human.”
“…thoughts collide and overlap haphazardly and demonstrate the difficulty of navigating the vast and contradictory timescales of the geological, historical, and personal. Olson’s thoughts and feelings about the deep past and the immediate present stack up on top of each other.”
by BENJAMIN PAGE Each morning, provided the weather is right, I take my coffee onto the terrace to survey the West Lawn. I glance at the pond by the eastern redbud trees, the ivy growing along the rotunda. I listen … Continued
by SUSAN COMNINOS after William Wordsworth’s “Nuns Fret Not” Within the sonnet’s scanty plot of ground someone sings off-tune. Someone’s plotted novel flips off-road. Someone’s plot to leave a neutral town — paved over, by shift in plot to … Continued
Winner of the Backwaters Prize in Poetry, Skin Memory persuasively examines personal tragedy to provoke readers to question the interactions between nature and human invention.