Paddle

Row! 

My first word.

My mother heard me say it in our brick house with blue shutters in Jacksonville, Florida. She had sung me the nursery rhyme many times, pretending to paddle a boat with her arms. Four pine …

Greg Wrenn is the author of Centaur (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013), which Terrance Hayes awarded the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. His work has appeared in The New Republic, the Kenyon Review, New England Review, The American Scholar, the American Poetry Review, AGNI, and elsewhere. A former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, he is an assistant professor of English at James Madison University. An Advanced PADI Nitrox diver as well, he has been exploring coral reefs around the world for more than twenty-five years. “Paddle” is taken from Wrenn’s current project, an eco-memoir about using nature to heal from trauma.

on Census by Jesse Ball

Jesse Ball’s 2018 novel Census at first seems determined to use the title’s subject—an official count of the citizens throughout an unnamed land—as mere background. Ball’s nameless narrator works as a census taker, but feels little urgency about the task, …

Shannon Reed is the author of the forthcoming Why Did I Get a B? And Other Mysteries We’re Discussing in the Faculty Lounge (forthcoming from Simon & Schuster, June 2020). A lecturer in the creative-writing program at the University of Pittsburgh, her work is frequently published online at The New Yorker and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and she has contributed to the Paris Review, the Washington Post, LitHub, and Guernica, among others.

on Loves You by Sarah Gambito

Opposite the title page of Sarah Gambito’s third book, Loves You, is printed a black-and-white photo, circa 1985, I ’d guess. Eight people, mostly women, are perched on seats or stand around in a living room, balancing plates of …

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 Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays by Leslie Jamison

Leslie Jamison has established herself as one of the most eloquent contemporary writers of the personal essay. Make It Scream, Make It Burn, her latest book, investigates the ethical difficulties of the relationship between writer and subject. While Jamison’s …

Maya Krishnan is a fellow of All Souls College and a D.Phil student in philosophy at the University of Oxford. Her work in philosophy focuses on metaphysics, theology, and Immanuel Kant.

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.