My Own City (on Donna Masini’s 4:30 Movie; Jennifer Franklin’s No Small Gift; and Lee Briccetti’s Blue Guide)

Jonathan Blunk is a poet, essayist, and radio producer. His works include the authorized biography James Wright: A Life in Poetry (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017) and the essay “ ‘Living Toward That Voice’: James Wright Transfixing and Transfixed,” which appeared in The Georgia Review (Winter 2017). Blunk’s work can also be found in such journals as the American Poetry Review, Poets & Writers, and FIELD magazine.

“What I Find Funny Is Too Dark to Say Out Loud” (with an interview by C. J. Bartunek)

INTRODUCTION

I laugh because I must not weep—that’s all, that’s all,” Abraham Lincoln reportedly commented, echoing Byron’s Don Juan. “Humor is just another defense against the universe,” said legendary director and comedy-writer Mel Brooks. Versions of this idea have been …

Dhruvi Acharya, who lives and works in Mumbai, began exhibiting her works professionally in the United States, where she lived for ten years, after receiving her MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1998. Since then, she has had solo exhibitions with Chemould Prescott Road in Mumbai, Nature Morte in New Delhi, Gomez Gallery in Baltimore, and Kravets/Wehby in New York, and participated in group shows at the San Jose Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai, and the Queens Museum of Art in New York, among many others.

Underwater Falsetto

Tiana Nobile is a Kundiman fellow and the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. A finalist in the National Poetry Series and for the Kundiman Poetry Prize, she is the author of a chapbook, The Spirit of the Staircase (Antenna / Press Street Press, 2017). Her writing has appeared in Poetry Northwest, the New Republic, Guernica, and the Texas Review, among others. 

Among the Losses & Poetry Class, Ash Wednesday

 

Among the Losses

 

My lamentations have shaken loose locusts.

They whir in the burned-out nave of my body.

 

In the shower, whole decades wash from my body.

A girl’s hairless limbs emerge naked from the spray.

 

Anya Silver (1968–2018) published four books of poetry, and her work has appeared widely. In 2018 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry. The poems in this issue are from “Saint Agnostica,” a manuscript Silver completed just before her death in August 2018 after more than a decade of battling breast cancer.

Young Woman in Blue Reading a Letter

William Virgil Davis’s most recent book of poetry is Dismantlements of Silence: Poems Selected and New (Texas Review Press, 2015). He has published five other books of poetry, among them Landscape and Journey (Ivan R. Dee, 2009), which won the New Criterion Poetry Prize and the Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Poetry, and One Way to Reconstruct the Scene (1980), winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. His poems have appeared in most of the major periodicals, here and abroad, including the Atlantic, the Nation, Poetry, and many others.

In the Time of the Living

Richard Jackson has published fifteen books of poems and is the author or editor of multiple critical monographs, books in translation, and anthologies. His most recent books are Broken Horizons (Press 53, 2018) and Out of Place (Ashland Poetry Press, 2014); “Take Five,” a prose poetry project with four other poets, is forthcoming.

Ode on Your Flaw; Chronic Transience; Early Sightings; & Sarcophagus Poetica

J. Allyn Rosser’s fourth poetry collection, Mimi’s Trapeze, appeared in 2014 from Pittsburgh University Press. Rosser has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the Ohio Arts Council. She teaches at Ohio University.

The Trial

William Wenthe is the author of four books of poems, including his most recent collection, God’s Foolishness (LSU Press, 2016). He has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts, and two Pushcart Prizes. “The Trial” is part of a larger project about the American expatriate painter James McNeill Whistler.

Negative Capability

Margaret Gibson is the current poet laureate of Connecticut and the author of twelve books of poems, all from Louisiana State University Press, most recently Not Hearing the Wood Thrush (2018) and The Glass Globe (forthcoming in 2021), as well as a memoir, The Prodigal Daughter (University of Missouri Press, 2008). The Vigil (1993) was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry; Broken Cup (2016) was a finalist for the Poets’ Prize, and its title poem won a Pushcart Prize that year. Gibson is professor emerita at the University of Connecticut.