Ode on Your Flaw; Chronic Transience; Early Sightings; & Sarcophagus Poetica

J. Allyn Rosser’s fourth poetry collection, Mimi’s Trapeze, appeared in 2014 from Pittsburgh University Press. Rosser has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the Ohio Arts Council. She teaches at Ohio University.

The Trial

William Wenthe is the author of four books of poems, including his most recent collection, God’s Foolishness (LSU Press, 2016). He has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts, and two Pushcart Prizes. “The Trial” is part of a larger project about the American expatriate painter James McNeill Whistler.

Negative Capability

Margaret Gibson is the current poet laureate of Connecticut and the author of twelve books of poems, all from Louisiana State University Press, most recently Not Hearing the Wood Thrush (2018) and The Glass Globe (forthcoming in 2021), as well as a memoir, The Prodigal Daughter (University of Missouri Press, 2008). The Vigil (1993) was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry; Broken Cup (2016) was a finalist for the Poets’ Prize, and its title poem won a Pushcart Prize that year. Gibson is professor emerita at the University of Connecticut.

Translating the Word for Home

 

A small city disappears in

the near-sighted dusk of a coastal winter.

Someone is walking home as I once did.

Someone is thinking as I did once

this is their neighborhood, their consolation.

Once I thought words could describe

Eavan Boland (1944–2020) authored many books over her distinguished career, including, most recently, A Poet’s Dublin (2016) and A Woman Without a Country (2014). Other poetry volumes include Domestic Violence (2007); Against Love Poetry (2001); The Lost Land (1998); and In a Time of Violence (1994). Boland also published two books of prose: A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet (2011) and Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time (1995); she also co-edited with Mark Strand and Edward Hirsch the Norton anthologies The Making of a Sonnet (2007) and The Making of a Poem (2000). Her numerous honors include a Lannan Foundation Award in poetry and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the Royal Irish Academy. Boland directed the creative-writing program at Stanford University. 

Dickinson in Aleppo

Reginald Gibbons has published ten books of poems, most recently Last Lake (University of Chicago Press, 2016); his Creatures of a Day (LSU Press, 2008) was a finalist for the National Book Award. His translations (with Charles Segal) include Sophocles’ Antigone (2003) and Euripides’ Bakkhai (2001), as well as works by poets from Mexico, Spain, and elsewhere. His most recent fiction is An Orchard in the Street (BOA Editions, 2017), and he has also published the critical study How Poems Think (Chicago, 2015).Gibbons is a Frances Hooper Professor of Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University, where he is the director of the new Litowitz MFA+MA Graduate Creative Writing Program. 

History

Brian Swann’s most recent collections are Another Log on the Fire: New and Selected Fiction (MadHat Press, 2019) and Sunday Out of Nowhere: New and Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow Press, 2018). 

Gracie and Devere

Jack Driscoll’s latest collection, The Goat Fish and the Lover’s Knot (Wayne State University Press, 2017), received the 2018 Michigan Library Foundation Award for fiction. His forthcoming “New & Selected” will include eleven stories previously published in The Georgia Review and dating back to 1987. He currently teaches in Pacific University’s low-residency MFA program in Oregon.

On the Farm

Anne Wright was born in New York City and grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. After graduating from Wheelock College in 1950 she taught for forty-two years, working with students from nursery school up to a program for young adults. She met and married James Wright in 1967 in New York City, which became their home. After James’s death in 1980, she edited the following of his books: This Journey (Vintage, 1982); Collected Prose (University of Michigan Press, 1983); The Secret Field: Selections from the Final Journals of James Wright (Logbridge-Rhodes, 1985); Above the River: The Complete Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1992); and The Delicacy and Strength of Lace: Letters Between Leslie Marmon Silko and James Wright (Graywolf, 2009). The couple collaborated on a book of prose pieces, The Summers of Annie and James Wright: Sketches and Mosaics (Sheep Meadow, 1981); and Anne co-edited with Saundra Rose Maley A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005).

Back Roads and Ditch-Wise: Against Ben Lerner’s The Hatred of Poetry

Molly Spencer’s recent poetry and critical writings have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, FIELD, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. Her debut poetry collection, If the House (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019), won the Brittingham Prize; a second collection, Relic and the Plum, won the 2019 Crab Orchard Open Competition and is forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press in fall 2020. Spencer is a poetry editor for The Rumpus and teaches at the University of Michigan.