The Tale of Silky the Simile-Maker and Rhuan the Resilient

Preparing for the Takeover & The Psychiatrist Seeking Salvation

Susan Ludvigson, Professor Emerita at Winthrop University, was the 2014 winner of the James Dickey Prize for Poetry from Five Points magazine. She has published eight collections of poems with LSU Press, including Escaping the House of Certainty (2006). The first line of “Dead,” appearing here, is the title of her next collection. Most recently, her poems can be found in the Yale Review and the Southern Review.

“excerpts from” The Notes

A Metaphysic of Painting: The Notes of Andre Derain

Proof & Cold Snap

Secular Vision, Transcendental Style: The Art of Yasujiro Ozu

Climbing Alone

David Wagoner has published nineteen books of poems—most recently After the Point of No Return (Copper Canyon Press, 2012)—and ten novels, including The Escape Artist (1965), which Francis Ford Coppola made into a movie in 1982. Winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and many other honors, he was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets for twenty-three years, edited Poetry Northwest from 1966 to 2002, and is professor emeritus of English at the University of Washington. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program of the Whidbey Island Writers Workshop.

Some Manhattan in New England

I Decide Not to Have Children & Other Women’s Children