Claudel and the Sunday Soaps; Brigadista in Retirement; Sleep Ritual; Rebirths; & Mendacity


Brigadista in Retirement


Every nation teaches itself the myths

of its survival. Fantasy, harnessed,

feeds the impulse to die for la patria,

and then the war is over. In the after-

glow of dizzying celebration, a purpling


Kwame Dawes is the author of twenty-two books of poetry, most recently Nebraska (University of Nebraska Press, 2019), as well as numerous books of fiction, criticism, and essays. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and teaches at the University of Nebraska and the Pacific MFA Program. He is also director of the African Poetry Book Fund and artistic director of the Calabash International Literary Festival. His many honors include an Emmy, the Forward Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the Windham-Campbell Prize for Poetry. In 2021, Dawes was named editor of the nationally syndicated “American Life in Poetry” column.

Elegy Riding Shotgun & from “In the Land of Vines (Italy, 2013)”

Matthew Otremba lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his MFA in poetry from the University of Houston, and his poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review and the Los Angeles Review.

Grand Tour, 1992; [Exiting a performance]; Cimitero Acattolico; & A Sympathy, For Patrick

Paul Otremba published three collections of poetry: Levee (2019), Pax Americana (2015), and The Currency (2009), all from Four Way Books. He taught at Rice University and in the Warren Wilson low-residency MFA program. On June 24, 2019, he died from cancer in Houston, Texas.


[an excerpt from Spectra]


To speak without vulnerability you claimed


the land’s fragrance its honey its plants

translation           I wanted to be back in my language

“back”? /

I wanted to differently be in

another word for being…

Ari Banias is the author of A Symmetry (2021) and Anybody (2016), both published by W. W. Norton. His work has been supported by Headlands Center for the Arts, MacDowell, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner program. He lives and teaches in the Bay Area.

Dumb Apple; The Peach; & Spring, Again

Alice Friman’s poetry collections include Blood Weather (LSU Press, 2019), The View from Saturn (LSU Press, 2014), Vinculum (LSU Press, 2011), The Book of the Rotten Daughter (BkMk Press, 2006), Zoo (1999), Inverted Fire (1997), and Reporting from Corinth (1984). A recipient of many honors, including two Pushcart Prizes and inclusion in Best American Poetry, she has been published in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Plume, Crazyhorse, and others. She lives in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she was Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College. 

Fat Girl Crown

Stephanie Rogers is the author of Plucking the Stinger (2016) and Fat Girl Forms (2021), both published by Saturnalia Books. She grew up in Middletown, Ohio, and was educated at Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati; her work has appeared or is forthcoming in PloughsharesTin HousePoetry NorthwestShenandoahNew Ohio Review, and elsewhere. She lives outside of Nashville in Lebanon, Tennessee. 

from “Langkasuka”

Jeffrey Yang is the author of the poetry books Line and Light (2022), Hey, Marfa (2018), Vanishing-Line (2011); and An Aquarium (2008), all from Graywolf Press.

Wolf Tours Intake Q&A; History of Wolves; Wolf Tours Souvenirs; The Wolves Speak to the Clients in a Dream; &

Alyse Knorr is an associate professor of English at Regis University and, since 2017, has co-edited Switchback Books. Her most recent collection of poems, Mega-City Redux, won the 2016 Green Mountains Review Poetry Prize. She is also the author of the poetry collections Copper Mother (Switchback Books, 2016) and Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books, 2013); the nonfiction book Super Mario Bros. 3 (Boss Fight Books, 2016); and four poetry chapbooks. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Republic, Poetry, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Denver Quarterly, among others.

For I Will Consider My Father Javed

Fatima Malik is a Pakistani-American poet with work published or forthcoming from Chestnut Review, diode poetry journal, The Margins, Waxwing, and others. She is working on her first full-length collection of poems, an excavation of grief after her father’s sudden death. She holds a BA in English literature and creative writing from Dartmouth College and a joint MA in journalism and Near Eastern Studies from New York University. While she currently lives in New York City, her heart is forever in Lahore. 

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