Steven Dunn’s novel Potted Meat begins with an unconventional table of contents under the guise of an ingredients list and instructions for consumption. This maneuver automatically subverts readers’ expectations of convention and brings to the forefront the idea of control. …
on My Father & Atticus Finch: A Lawyer’s Fight for Justice in 1930s Alabama by Joseph Madison Beck
on Among the Gorgons by Michelle Boisseau
on IRL by Tommy Pico
The text message that begins Tommy Pico’s 98-page-long poem is addressed to potential lover “Girard,” but I like to think of it as an invitation to the reader as well:
. . . do
u wanna come
over? Watch me
Displaced Familiarity: Voice, Then Meaning, in Contemporary Poetry (on Kathryn Nuernberger’s The End of Pink; Joshua Bennett’s The Sobbing School; James McMichael’s If You Can Tell; and Larry Levis’ The Darkening Trapeze: Last Poems)
from Geometric Series
“My subject is, in a sense, ‘formlessness,’ ” explains Erin McIntosh in a statement for New American Paintings, but the artist’s obsession appears to be with color.
McIntosh, whose improvisational approach to palette combines chromatic neutrals with variations …
Women Are Doomed to Be the Angels of Love
This is so true I involuntarily doodle hearts everywhere I go. I sign my letters compulsively with hearts,
dream of disobedient hearts, work with hearts. I eat them. I boil sauces and the tomatoes on my cutting board form a …
is the most important. Everything else is just an excuse for it.
E.g. weather in medium shot that you take extremely
seriously. Cloud above German city, white, covering
the blue, dispersing into formlessness, gossamer
and dissipating like ancient knowledge.