on On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint by Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson’s newest book, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint, is an exhaustive survey of the “productive antagonisms” that emerge from contemporary discourse on freedom in an attempt to redefine our understanding of the concept and help …

Sandra Simonds is a poet and critic who has authored eight books of poetry, including Triptychs (Wave Books, 2022) and Atopia (Wesleyan University Press, 2019). Her poems have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Chicago Review, Granta, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Fence, and elsewhere. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida, and is an associate professor of English at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia.

on Asked What Has Changed by Ed Roberson

Ed Roberson’s Asked What Has Changed bears witness to the vertiginous effects of the climate crisis from a prime yet precarious perspective: that of a “black / ecopoet / observ[ing] / the changing / world from / a high-rise / …

Nick Joseph lives in Philadelphia, where he is a freelance writer and teaches in the department of English and philosophy at Drexel University. His areas of interest include poetry and poetics, film, ecocriticism, and genre theory. He holds a PhD in English from the University of California, Irvine, and will join the critical writing program faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in fall 2022.

on Aerial Concave without Cloud by Sueyuen Juliette Lee

Sueyuen’s Juliette Lee’s fifth poetry collection, Aerial Concave without Cloud, is washed in the pale blue light of apocalyptic reckoning. Prophetic and aphotic, this book begins at the microscopic level—photons, nanoseconds, subatomic forces—and ends at the macroscopic scale—fugitive motion, …

Angie Sijun Lou is a Kundiman Fellow and a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her writings have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best Small Fictions, Poetry Northwest, Kenyon Review, Fence, the Asian American Literary Review, Hyphen, The Margins, and others. She lives in Oakland, California.

Sounding and Resounding: The Immersive Poetry of Atsuro Riley (on Atsuro Riley’s Romey’s Order and Heard-Hoard)

I’ve heard Atsuro Riley read publicly only once, at AWP in 2016, as part of the lineup of Whiting Award winners. Before that, I had heard him read a single poem, “Sunder,” for a 2011 Poetry podcast. Riley’s voice, its …

Emily Pérez co-edited the anthology The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood (University of Georgia Press, 2021) and is the author of the poetry collections What Flies Want (University of Iowa Press, 2022) and House of Sugar, House of Stone (Center for Literary Publishing, 2016), as well as two chapbooks. A CantoMundo fellow and Ledbury emerging critic, she has published poems in such journals as Cosmonauts Avenue, Copper Nickel, Poetry, Diode, RHINO, and The Guardian. She teaches English and gender studies in Denver, where she lives with her family. 

Policing the Procedural (on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)

In May and June 2020, Americans gathered en masse to oppose U.S. law enforcement’s routine murders of Black civilians. Armed with their iPhones, protestors abandoned their tv sets and computer screens—in front of which many had been parked for months …

Sarah Rebecca Kessler is a media scholar, television critic, and assistant professor of English at the University of Southern California. Her articles and essays have been published in The Brooklyn Rail, Camera Obscura, Film Quarterly, Triple Canopy, and elsewhere. She is currently working on three books: an academic monograph on vocal politics at the turn of the twenty-first century, a popular account of tv binge-watching, and a scholarly volume on the whale’s evolution as a cultural medium since the early 1970s. She edits the tv section of Public Books and enjoys reading fiction in her spare time.

Ambient Works

INTRODUCTION

Daisuke Yokota’s photographs seem pulled from dream, memory, or hallucination, where figures and landscapes shift and morph, and time becomes unstable (a phenomenon that Bennett Sims explores lyrically later in this issue). This deep sense of subjectivity is somewhat …

Daisuke Yokota was born in 1983 in Saitama, Japan, and lives in Tokyo. A graduate of the Nippon Photography Institute, his work is held in the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Foam Photography Museum in the Netherlands, the New York Public Library, and elsewhere, and has appeared in numerous solo and group shows, including exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, the Tate Modern, the Aichi Triennale, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

from Unicode Hex

Marylyn Tan’s debut collection Gaze Back won the prestigious Singapore Literature Prize in poetry in 2020 and was published in the United States in 2022 by Georgia Review Books. A linguistics graduate, poet, and artist living in Singapore, Tan is the poetry reader for Singapore Unbound and founder of the multidisciplinary arts collective DIS/CONTENT. 

Serotonin—The Thirtieth Week of the Year of the Earth Pig; Dopamine; & Year of the Dogs, Year of a Synapse

Duy Doan is the author of We Play a Game (Yale University Press, 2018), winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. His work has appeared in Poem-a-Day, Poetry, and Slate, and he has been featured in PBS’s Poetry in America, Poetry’s Editors’ Blog, and the Harriet Books Blog. Doan holds an MFA in poetry from Boston University, where he later served as director of the Favorite Poem Project.

Portrait with Unknown Dimensions

In Minneapolis, I recently attended an exhibit 
which mourned American soldiers lost in Iraq.
One walk through was enough for me. The artist,

who wrote each dead individual’s name in cursive
on a scroll, makes a statement about the scale …

Tarik Dobbs is a writer and artist born in Dearborn, Michigan, whose poetry appears in the Best New Poets and Best of the Net anthologies, as well as in Guernica and Poetry. Dobbs works at poetry.onl and has served as a guest editor for Mizna and Zoeglossia. An incoming MFA fellow in Northwestern University’s Art, Theory, Practice program, Dobbs received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota in May 2022. 

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