Pocketable Breviaries: The Very Short Poem

Jane Hirshfield’s most recent books are The Beauty (Knopf, 2015), longlisted for the National Book Award in Poetry, and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Knopf, 2015), winner of the Northern California Book Award. A chancellor emerita of the Academy of American Poets, Hirshfield has had work in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Review of Books, and eight editions of The Best American Poetry.

on Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, edited by Grace Bauer and Julie Kane

When I was fourteen, about a year after being assaulted by a volleyball coach, a feminist teacher introduced me to women’s poetry. She gave me Adrienne Rich and Ai; Sylvia Plath and Audre Lorde; Nikki Giovanni, Rita Dove, Erica Jong, …

Kate Ballantyne holds an MFA in poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was awarded the first-year creative writing fellowship and acted as associate editor of Blackbird. She also holds an MA from Western Washington University, where she served as a poetry editor for the Bellingham Review. Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Drunken Boat, Harpur Palate, and MiPoesias, among other journals. Currently, she works as the associate creative director for Providence St. Joseph Health.

on When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele

A necessary tension in memoir is that between the individual at the center of it and the broader context—the cultural or historical moments shaping the author’s trajectory into our lives. Patrisse Khan-Cullors’s When They Call You a Terrorist, co-written …

Rachel Kincaid lives in Minneapolis, where she is working on and off at writing about ghosts.

on Oceanic by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

In Oceanic, her luminous fourth collection of poems, Aimee Nezhukumatathil concludes with the image of “a child stepping / out of a fire, shoes / still shiny and clean.” 

I encountered this mysterious image on a day in mid-February, …

Tamiko Beyer is the author of Last Days (2021) and We Come Elemental (2013), both from Alice James Books. Her poetry and articles have appeared in places such as Denver Quarterly, Idaho Review, DUSIE, Black Warrior Review, Lit Hub, and The Rumpus. She has received awards, fellowships, and residencies from PEN America, Kundiman, Hedgebrook, VONA, and the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, among others. She is a queer, mixed race (Japanese and white), cisgender woman and femme, living on Massachusett, Wampanoag, and Pawtucket land. A social justice communications writer and strategist, she spends her days writing truth to power. 

on I Wrote This Book Because I Love You by Tim Kreider

Maura Mandyck, several of whose reviews have appeared previously in our pages, holds degrees in English from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Georgia, and in library science from the University of Alabama. She has worked as a librarian for the Nashville Public Library and for Athens Academy, and is now an instructional librarian at Spring Hill College, where she also teaches in the English department. She lives in Mobile, Alabama, with three dogs, two cats, and lots and lots of books.

on What Is Poetry? (Just Kidding, I Know You Know): Interviews from The Poetry Project Newsletter (1983–2009), edited by Anselm Berrigan

Nick Sturm’s poems, collaborations, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Brooklyn RailASAP/JBlack Warrior Review, the websites of the Poetry Foundation and PEN America, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere. His first book of poems is How We Light (H_NGM_N BKS, 2013). His scholarly and archival work can be traced at his blog, Crystal Set. He is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he teaches courses on poetry, visual art, and multimodal composition.

on James Wright: A Life in Poetry by Jonathan Blunk

Every biography—in a way, every book—invites readers to examine their own lives, the more we share with their subjects the more so. Jonathan Blunk’s James Wright: A Life in Poetry, the authorized biography of the brilliant, troubled, and influential American …

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.”


Access, Metaphor, and the Challenge of Meaning (on George Bilgere’s Blood Pages; Jorie Graham’s Fast; Marie Howe’s Magdalene; and Adrian Matejka’s Map to the Stars)

Kevin Clark’s several books of poems include the forthcoming The Consecrations (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2021). His first collection, In the Evening of No Warning (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2002), earned a grant from the Academy of American Poets, and his second, Self-Portrait with Expletives (2010), won the Pleiades Press prize. His poetry appears in the Southern Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, and Crazyhorse. A regular critic for The Georgia Review, he’s also published essays in the Southern Review, Papers on Language and Literature, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. He teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop. 

Butterflies, Landscape, and the Black and White

Artist’s Introduction: On the performance of anger, or, answering the question “Why did you decide to become a visual artist?”


Because language fails. It will betray you. In those times, you have no choice but to find a different …

Truong Tran (b. 1969) received his MFA from San Francisco State University in 1995 in the field of writing and is the author of numerous volumes of poetry. He is a self-taught visual artist whose work has been exhibited in venues including the California Historical Society, California Institute of Integral Studies, SOMArts Gallery, Telegraph Hill Gallery, and the San Francisco International Art Market Art Fair. He lives in San Francisco and teaches at Mills College.

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