Questions Directed Toward the Idea of Mary

 

Was it the voice you feared, or its shadow?

Did you long for His touch or was suffering enough for you

               to know He was there?

Do you resent my juvenile hungers?

Do you wish for me the freedom

Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Writing and Publishing at Cleveland State University. She is the author of the chapbooks Ebb (New-Generation African Poets Series, Akashic Books) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editor’s Selection from Bull City Press. Individually, her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, the American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

Magnolia

Kyoko Uchida’s poetry, prose, and translations have appeared in The Georgia Review, Manoa, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals on three continents; her poetry collection Elsewhere was published by Texas Tech University Press in 2012. Uchida works for a nonprofit organization in New York City.

Machinery

 

My father loved every kind of machinery,

relished bearings, splines, windings, and cogs,

loved the tolerances between moving parts

and the parts that moved the parts,

the many separate machines of machinery.

Loved the punch, the awl, the ratchet,

Robert Wrigley, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Idaho, lives in the high-mountain woods near Moscow. His eleventh and most recent book of poems is Box (Penguin, 2017).

Memory Care

Nancy Naomi Carlson, a poet, translator, and essayist, has authored eleven titles and translated seven. Her collection An Infusion of Violets (Seagull Books, 2019) was named “New & Noteworthy” by The New York Times. A recipient of two literature translation grants from the NEA, her work has appeared in The Georgia Review, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, and Poetry. Carlson co-edited the recent anthology 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium (Ashland Poetry Press, 2021) and translated Khal Torabully’s forthcoming Cargo Hold of Stars: Coolitude (Seagull Books, 2021). She holds two doctorates and was decorated by the Order of the French Academic Palms. She teaches counseling at Walden University.

Purple Tents

Kent Meyers has published a memoir, a book of short fiction, and three novels, two of which have been listed as New York Times Notable Books. (The most recent is Twisted Tree, released in 2009). His work has won numerous honors, including a Society of Midland Authors Award and a High Plains Book Award. Meyers has published fiction and essays in various literary journals and magazines, including Harper’s and (several times) The Georgia Review. He lives in Spearfish, South Dakota, and teaches in Pacific Lutheran University’s low-residency MFA program, the Rainier Writing Workshop.

Phantom Rove

Karen Babine is the author of All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer (Milkweed Editions, 2019) and Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life (University of Minnesota Press, 2015)—winner of the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for memoir/creative nonfiction and a finalist for both the Midwest Book Award and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. Her work has appeared in such journals as Brevity, River Teeth, North American Review, Slag Glass City, and Sweet, and her essays have twice been named notables in Best American Essays. Babine also edits Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. She lives in Minneapolis.

Leo’s Bomb

When the bomb goes off Leo is thinking of dogs. In particular: how he doesn’t like them.

It’s something about their eyes, which blink with an odd depth of understanding that appears almost human to him. A few years back, …

Sheldon Costa, an MFA candidate at Ohio State University, has other work appearing or forthcoming in Ninth Letter, The Pinch, the American Literary Review, and Juked, among others. He is a past winner in the AWP Intro Journals Project and of the 2018 Helen Earnhart Harley Creative Writing Fellowship Award at OSU.

Ordinary Wealth (with photographs by Peter Forbes)

Scott Russell Sanders lives in the hill country of southern Indiana, where he has written more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Conservationist Manifesto (Indiana University Press, 2009) and Hunting for Hope (Beacon Press, 1998). His most recent books (also from IU Press) are Stone Country: Then & Now (2017), a documentary narrative made in collaboration with photographer Jeffrey Wolin, and Dancing in Dreamtime (2016), a collection of eco-science-fiction stories. He is currently finishing his portion of Ordinary Wealth, fifty brief tales written in response to photographs by Peter Forbes.

Blue Buzz, Blue Guitar: Wallace Stevens and the Poetics of Noisemaking

L. S. Klatt is the author of four poetry volumes, including a collection of prose poems titled The Wilderness After Which (Otis Books, 2017). Recent poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, the Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, and Copper Nickel, and his essay “The Electric Whitman” is in the Spring 2008 issue of the Southern Review. Klatt is the former Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan.