on In the Lateness of the World by Carolyn Forché

In the Lateness of World, Carolyn Forché’s first poetry volume to appear in almost two decades, derives its title from line fourteen of Robert Duncan’s “Poetry, a Natural Thing.” Denise Levertov, some of whose finest poems vigorously protested U.S. intervention …

Floyd Collins earned his MFA and PhD at the University of Arkansas. A book of critical essays on poetry, The Living Artifact, is forthcoming from Stephen F. Austin University Press in spring 2021. The Teresa Poems will appear from Somondoco Press in fall 2021. His poetry and critical prose appear regularly with The Arkansas Review, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, and The Kenyon Review.

Etymology, Ecology, and Ecopoetics

As an expression of local, state, and regional inequities, environmental racism is a feedback loop of enhanced health risks, restricted job opportunities, diminished educational success, and negative social relations for certain populations due to zoning policies, industrial interests, and business/governmental …

Tyrone Williams teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of several chapbooks and six books of poetry: As Iz (Omnidawn, 2018), Howell (Atelos Books, 2011), Adventures of Pi (Dos Madres Press, 2011), The Hero Project of the Century (The Backwaters Press, 2009), On Spec (Omnidawn, 2008), and c.c. (Krupskaya, 2002). A limited-edition art project, Trump l’oeil, was published by Hostile Books in 2017. He and Jeanne Heuving edited the anthology Inciting Poetics (University of New Mexico Press, 2019). 

Giving Away the Dental Hygienist’s Idea for a Patent [2019 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize Winner]

 

Look, I said, I’d love a revolver, love to bother the silence
with my aim: hole a target. It’s like bowling but with 

a more fearful invention. It’s fun, haven’t you ever
shot one? This, my …

Rosalie Moffett, winner of the 2019 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, is the author of Nervous System (Ecco, 2019), which was chosen by Monica Youn for the National Poetry Series Prize and listed by the New York Times as a New and Notable book. She is also the author of June in Eden (Ohio State University Press, 2016). She has been awarded the “Discovery”/Boston Review prize, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in creative writing from Stanford University, and scholarships from the Tin House and Bread Loaf writing workshops. Her poems and essays have appeared in Tin House, The Believer, New England Review, Narrative, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Southern Indiana. 

The Gospel of Good Roads: A Letter to the American Farmer

Bryan Head is a poet from Asheville, North Carolina, who is currently completing an MFA at the University of Maryland. His work has appeared in the New England Review. He is the editor of the Sakura Review, and he co-manages HomeWord Youth Poetry, a spoken-word poetry organization in Asheville.

The Citizenship Question

Jenni(f)fer Tamayo is a queer, migrant, and formerly undocumented poet, essayist, and performer. Her poetry collections include To Kill the Future in the Present (Green Lantern Press, 2018), You Da One (Noemi Press, 2017), and [Red Missed Aches] (Switchback Books, 2011). Currently, JT lives and works on Ohlone and Patwin lands and is pursuing her PhD in performance studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research explores how contemporary Black and Indigenous poets use vocal practices to counternarrate histories of colonial violence.

Across the Rock

The first time I left home was before I was born.
I was barely formed. A scrap. A sample, at best.

I was more my mother than me, then, 
I think.            We can’t remember.

The plane lifted my mother’s
body …

Franny Choi is the author of two books of poetry, Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019) and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014). She is a Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in English at Williams College and co-hosts the podcast VS with Danez Smith.

If I Ever Get My Citizenship Papers

Aline Mello is a Brazilian writer and editor living in Atlanta. She is an Undocupoet fellow, and her work has been published or is forthcoming in Atlanta Review, The New Republic, Grist, and elsewhere.

Ticking the Box

Autumn McClintock lives in Philadelphia and works at a public library. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Account, Cimarron Review, Denver Quarterly, Permafrost, Sonora Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and others. She is a staff reader for Ploughshares and the associate poetry editor of Doubleback Review.

The Second Front Door

Joshua Weiner is the author of three books of poetry, most recently The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish (University of Chicago Press, 2013); he is also the editor of At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn (University of Chicago Press, 2009). “Berlin Notebook,” his chronicle reporting on the refugee crisis in Berlin, was supported with a Guggenheim fellowship and published by Los Angeles Review of Books in 2016 as a digital edition. Trumpoems (2018) is a chapbook available as a free digital edition from Dispatches from the Poetry Wars. His translation with Linda B. Parshall of Nelly Sachs’s Flight & Metamorphosis will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2021.