Nemerov’s “A Primer of the Daily Round” Held as a Mirror Up to Nature

Leon Stokesbury’s Autumn Rhythm: New and Selected Poems was awarded the Poet’s Prize from the University of Arkansas Press in 1997. He teaches in the creative writing program at Georgia State University and is completing his fourth collection, “I Never Minded Standing in the Rain,” which will include his poem in this issue.

The Invention of Pointillism

For Those of Us Who Need Such Things

Richard Nixon’s 1972 Christmas Bombing Campaign as Gospel; Dosso Dossi’s Saint George as Controvertible; & domestic violence as Noh play

Interlude (on Blue Dusk: New and Selected Poems, 1951-2001 by Madeline DeFrees; Waterborne by Linda Gregerson; Book of My Nights by Li-Young Lee; The Holy Worm of Praise by Philip Schultz; and Bellocq’s Ophelia by Natasha Trethewey)

Judith Kitchen passed away on 6 November 2014, just days after completing work on the essay-review in Spring 2015 Georgia Review. The contributor’s note she supplied read as follows: “Judith Kitchen has three new forthcoming essays—in the Harvard Review, Great River Review, and River Teeth. Her most recent book, The Circus Train, was the lead publication in a new venture—Ovenbird Books, at” To that we respectfully add this brief overview of her writing and teaching career: Kitchen began as a poet, publishing the volume Perennials as the winner of the 1985 Anhinga Press Poetry Prize. She then shifted to prose writing of several sorts, with emphases on essays and reviews. Her four essay volumes are Only the Dance: Essays on Time and Memory (University of South Carolina Press, 1994); Distance and Direction (Graywolf Press, 2002); Half in Shade: Family, Photographs, and Fate (Coffee House Press, 2012); and The Circus Train (Ovenbird Books, 2013)—which appeared first, almost in its entirety, in the Summer 2013 issue of The Georgia Review. In 1998 Kitchen published a critical study, Writing the World: Understanding William Stafford (University of Oregon Press), and in 2002 a novel, The House on Eccles Road (Graywolf Press). She also conceived and edited three important collections of brief nonfiction pieces, all published by W. W. Norton: In Short (1996), In Brief (1999), and Short Takes (2005)—the first two coedited by Mary Paumier Jones. Kitchen also founded State Street Press in the early 1980s, bringing out over the next twenty years seventy-six poetry chapbooks, two pamphlets, five full-length poetry volumes, two collections of translations, and a poetry anthology—the State Street Reader. After teaching for many years at SUNY-Brockport—not all that far from her birthplace of Painted Post, NY—Judith retired and moved with her husband Stan Sanvel Rubin to Port Townsend, WA, from which they founded and co-directed for a decade the Rainier Writing Workshop low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. The collection What Persists
Selected Essays on Poetry from The Georgia Review, 1988–2014 was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2015.

Supporting Roles (on Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling by Maura Stanton; The Price You Pay by Ellen Winter; Leaving the Neighborhood and Other Stories by Lucy Ferriss; & The Practical Heart: Four Novellas by Allan Gurganus)

Contrasting Memories of Escape and Survival (on Breaking Clean by Judy Blunt; Deep River: A Memoir of a Missouri Farm by David Hamilton; Flying Sparks: Growing Up on the Edge of Las Vegas by Odette Larson; and A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel)

Provision and Perfection (on Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me: New And Selected Poems, 1970-2000 by Stanley Plumly)

David Baker’s new book of poems, Whale Fall, will be published in July 2022 by W. W. Norton. Other poems have appeared lately in American Poetry Review, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Poetry, and others. He lives in Granville, Ohio. 

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