Self-Portrait with Braid

 

In the morning my eyes look thirsty

like a willow leaning toward

its reflection. My mother waits

 

inside the circles. One day

I will remember her at her last age

and see her peering from the windows

 

Ama Codjoe was raised in Youngstown, Ohio, with roots in Memphis and Accra. She has been awarded support from the Cave Canem, Saltonstall, Jerome, and Robert Rauschenberg foundations, and also from Crosstown Arts, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Hedgebrook, and the MacDowell Colony. Codjoe’s recent poems have appeared in Gulf Coast Online, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Callaloo, and she is the recipient of a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award as well as GR’s 2018 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, judged by Natasha Trethewey.

The Mother

Lindsay Remee Ahl has work published or forthcoming in Hotel AmericaBarrow Street, BOMB Magazine, the Offing, and many others. A Fletcher Fellow at Bread Loaf for her novel Desire (Coffee House Press, 2004), she holds an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College.

Letter with One Hundred Circles

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello’s Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh, 2016), won the 2015 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and the 2016 Florida Book Award bronze medal for poetry. She has received poetry fellowships from Kundiman and the Knight Foundation, and her work has appeared in the Adroit Journal, Best New Poets 2015, Los Angeles Review of Books, Narrative Magazine, and more. She serves as a program coordinator for Miami Book Fair and producer for The Working Poet Radio Show.

On the Road to Terelj National Park in Mongolia & Autumn Comes to Northern Mongolia

Penelope Scambly Schott’s most recent book is How I Became an Historian (WordTech Communications, 2016). Her poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, Nimrod, and elsewhere, and she has held fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos.

Ach! The Shadow of the Spinster and Vestige

Sarah Gordon is the author of A Literary Guide to Flannery O’Connor’s Georgia (2008) and Flannery O’Connor: The Obedient Imagination (2000), both from the University of Georgia Press. Her poetry has recently appeared in Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, Southeast Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Arts & Letters.

Indolence & Lovely

Robert Wrigley, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Idaho, lives in the high-mountain woods near Moscow. His eleventh and most recent book of poems is Box (Penguin, 2017).

Good-bye to Golden Nights

 

If measuring

one’s life as circular

makes sense of movement,

how should we muscle

meaning into days?

As if we end up

where we’ve dreamt,

starlight for eyes

and train static

within the folds

of memory. One story

arrives

Adam Clay’s most recent collection is Stranger (Milkweed Editions, 2016). His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Boston Review, Iowa Review, and elsewhere. A co-editor of TYPO Magazine, he serves as a book review editor for Kenyon Review and teaches at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Earful

George David Clark’s first book, Reveille (Arkansas, 2015), won the Miller Williams Prize, and his more recent work can be found in AGNI, the Gettysburg Review, Image, the New Criterion, Poetry Northwest, the Southern Review, and elsewhere. He edits the journal 32 Poems and teaches creative writing at Washington & Jefferson College.

Wish You Were Here

Phillip Sterling’s most recent books are the poetry collection And Then Snow (Main Street Rag) and, as editor, Isle Royale from the AIR: Poems, Stories, and Songs from 25 Years of Artists-in-Residence (Caffeinated Press), both released in 2017. He has served as artist-in-residence for both Isle Royale National Park and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.