Patterns in the Welter (on Maggie Smith’s The List of Dangers; Hugh Martin’s So, How Was the War?; Lynn Shoemaker’s A Catch in the Throat of Allah; Josie Sigler’s Calamity; Lynn Wagner’s No Blues This Raucous Song; Tracy S. Youngblom’s Driving to Heaven; Peter Filkins’ Augustine’s Vision; Hildred Crill’s The Upstairs Hammer; & Philip Metres’ The Abu Ghraib Arias)

Jeff Gundy’s eighth book of poems, Without a Plea, was published in early 2019 by Bottom Dog Press. Recent poems and essays are in Cincinnati Review, River Teeth, Forklift, Ohio, Terrain, and Christian Century. He is at work on a series of lyric essays about the Illinois prairie with the working title “Wind Farm.”

 

Reimagining Appalachia (on Meredith Sue Willis’ Out of the Mountains: Appalachian Stories & Cathryn Hankla’s Fortune Teller Miracle Fish)

Lucy Bryan Green’s reviews of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction have appeared in or are forthcoming from New Letters, Rain Taxi Review of Books, Coldfront, and Green Mountains Review. She is the assistant to the director of the MFA creative writing program at Penn State University, from which she graduated in May 2011, and managing editor of Voices of Central Pennsylvania, an independent monthly news magazine.

November Nights

Coleman Barks, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia, has since 1977 collaborated with various scholars of the Persian language (most notably, John Moyne) to bring over into American free verse the poetry of the thirteenth-century mystic Jelaluddin Rumi. This work has resulted in twenty-one volumes, including the bestselling Essential Rumi in 1995. He has also published eight volumes of his own poetry, including Hummingbird Sleep: Poems 2009–2011 (2012) and Winter Sky: Poems 1968–2008 (2008), both from the University of Georgia Press. 

Sentences: An Assay; House Arrest: Revising; After; & Solitudes

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.

Pact

Melanie McCabe’s work has appeared on Poetry Daily, as well as in Best New Poets 2010, The Georgia Review, Massachusetts Review, Cincinnati Review, and Shenandoah; her collection History of the Body will be published by WordTech Communications in 2012. McCabe teaches high school English and creative writing in Arlington, Virginia.

In the Locker Room

William Johnson is the author of three poetry collections, including Out of the Ruins (Confluence Press, 1999), chosen as the Idaho Book of the Year; What Thoreau Said (1991), a critical study of Walden; and, most recently, the essay collection A River without Banks (Oregon State University Press, 2010). He has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry, served twice as Idaho Writer-in-Residence, the state’s highest literary honor, and is professor emeritus at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.

Yearning Ways

Pattiann Rogers has published fourteen books of poetry, most recently Holy Heathen Rhapsody (Penguin, 2013), and a selection of her uncollected poems is forthcoming from Penguin/Random House in 2018. A gathering of 329 journals and magazines containing her poems was recently acquired by Texas Tech University and is housed in the Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World.

Dictionary

Kyoko Uchida’s poetry, prose, and translations have appeared in The Georgia Review, Manoa, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals on three continents; her poetry collection Elsewhere was published by Texas Tech University Press in 2012. Uchida works for a nonprofit organization in New York City.

About This Poem

Richard Jackson has published fifteen books of poems and is the author or editor of multiple critical monographs, books in translation, and anthologies. His most recent books are Broken Horizons (Press 53, 2018) and Out of Place (Ashland Poetry Press, 2014); “Take Five,” a prose poetry project with four other poets, is forthcoming.