Displaced Familiarity: Voice, Then Meaning, in Contemporary Poetry (on Kathryn Nuernberger’s The End of Pink; Joshua Bennett’s The Sobbing School; James McMichael’s If You Can Tell; and Larry Levis’ The Darkening Trapeze: Last Poems)

Kevin Clark’s several books of poems include the forthcoming The Consecrations (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2021). His first collection, In the Evening of No Warning (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2002), earned a grant from the Academy of American Poets, and his second, Self-Portrait with Expletives (2010), won the Pleiades Press prize. His poetry appears in the Southern Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, and Crazyhorse. A regular critic for The Georgia Review, he’s also published essays in the Southern Review, Papers on Language and Literature, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. He teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop. 

from Geometric Series


“My subject is, in a sense, ‘formlessness,’ ” explains Erin McIntosh in a statement for New American Paintings, but the artist’s obsession appears to be with color.

McIntosh, whose improvisational approach to palette combines chromatic neutrals with variations …

An assistant professor of art at North Georgia University, Erin McIntosh is represented by Gregg Irby Gallery in Atlanta. Her work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions and was reproduced in New American Paintings. She earned both her BFA and her MFA from the University of Georgia.

Women Are Doomed to Be the Angels of Love

This is so true I involuntarily doodle hearts everywhere I go. I sign my letters compulsively with hearts,

dream of disobedient hearts, work with hearts. I eat them. I boil sauces and the tomatoes on my cutting board form a …

Nikki Wallschlaeger’s work has been featured in The Nation, Brick, American Poetry Review, Witness, Kenyon Review, Poetry, and others. She is the author of the full-length collections Houses (Horseless Press, 2015) and Crawlspace (Bloof Books, 2017) as well as the graphic book I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel (Bloof Books, 2019). She is also the author of an artist book called “Operation USA” through the Baltimore-based book arts group Container, a project acquired by Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee. Her third collection, Waterbaby, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2021.

Late Spring


is the most important. Everything else is just an excuse for it.

E.g. weather in medium shot that you take extremely

seriously. Cloud above German city, white, covering

the blue, dispersing into formlessness, gossamer

and dissipating like ancient knowledge.

Primož Čučnik, poet and translator, was born in Ljubljana in 1971. His first collection of poetry, Dve Zimi (Two Winters), was published in 1999 and received the Slovenian Book Fair First Book Award. His other books include Trilogija (LUD Literatura, 2015), Mikado (Študentska založba, 2012), Kot dar (2010), Delo in dom (2007), Nova okna (2005), and a collaboration with Gregor Podlogar and Žiga Kariž, Oda na manhatnski aveniji (2004). Čučnik translates contemporary Polish and American poetry, works as an editor of the magazine Literatura, and runs the small press Šerpa.


John Poch teaches in the creative writing program at Texas Tech University. His most recent book, Fix Quiet, won the 2014 New Criterion Poetry Prize.

Self-Portrait with Braid


In the morning my eyes look thirsty

like a willow leaning toward

its reflection. My mother waits


inside the circles. One day

I will remember her at her last age

and see her peering from the windows


Ama Codjoe was raised in Youngstown, Ohio, with roots in Memphis and Accra. She has been awarded support from the Cave Canem, Saltonstall, Jerome, and Robert Rauschenberg foundations, and also from Crosstown Arts, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Hedgebrook, and the MacDowell Colony. Codjoe’s recent poems have appeared in Gulf Coast Online, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Callaloo, and she is the recipient of a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award as well as GR’s 2018 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, judged by Natasha Trethewey.

The Mother

Lindsay Remee Ahl has work published or forthcoming in Hotel AmericaBarrow Street, BOMB Magazine, the Offing, and many others. A Fletcher Fellow at Bread Loaf for her novel Desire (Coffee House Press, 2004), she holds an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College.

Letter with One Hundred Circles

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello’s Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh, 2016), won the 2015 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and the 2016 Florida Book Award bronze medal for poetry. She has received poetry fellowships from Kundiman and the Knight Foundation, and her work has appeared in the Adroit Journal, Best New Poets 2015, Los Angeles Review of Books, Narrative Magazine, and more. She serves as a program coordinator for Miami Book Fair and producer for The Working Poet Radio Show.

On the Road to Terelj National Park in Mongolia & Autumn Comes to Northern Mongolia

Penelope Scambly Schott’s most recent book is How I Became an Historian (WordTech Communications, 2016). Her poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, Nimrod, and elsewhere, and she has held fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos.