Nets: A Symposium & Resilience

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.

I keep a weather station in my head

Bob Hicok’s ninth book, Hold, is just out from Copper Canyon Press.

Saving a life

My mother hanging sheets on a line 

in ’47. The wind believes it won the war, 

just like the rest of America, 

and swirls her black hair in a manner 

the photo likes to recall. 

Her simple skirt and blouse 

Bob Hicok’s ninth book, Hold, is just out from Copper Canyon Press.

Hired as Professional Mourner at Funeral

Michael Torres was born and brought up in Pomona, California, where he spent his adolescence as a graffiti artist. He has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation; a VONA alum and a CantoMundo Fellow, he currently he teaches creative writing at Minnesota State University–Mankato, and through the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.

Lotioning My Mother’s Back

Because she lives alone and my hands reach

where hers can’t, she asks of me this favor.

 

It is narrow and soft, my mother’s back.

When I massage in small circles, my mother

 

circles her own mother, who

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.

just another horse poem

Ben Kingsley is best known for his Academy Award–winning role as Mahatma Gandhi. This Ben is a touch less famous, having not acted since his third-grade debut as the Undertaker in The Music Man. An Affrilachian author, Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley belongs to the Onondaga Nation of Indigenous Americans in New York. His first collection, Not Your Mama’s Melting Pot, came out from Backwaters Press this year; Colonize Me is forthcoming from Saturnalia in 2019 and Dēmos from Milkweed Editions in 2020.

Lines During the Solstice

Jeff Oaks’s most recent poetry chapbook is Mistakes with Strangers, published by Seven Kitchens Press (2014). He has published poems and essays in numerous magazines and in such anthologies as My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009). He teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

Enough

Brandel France de Bravo is the author of two prize-winning poetry collections, Provenance (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2008) and Mother, Loose (Accents Publishing, 2015). She is also the coauthor of a parenting book and the editor of a bilingual anthology, Mexican Poetry Today: 20/20 Voices (Shearsman Books, 2010). She holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson low-residency program and a master’s in public health.

The Disquiet of Now

Carol Ann Davis is the author of the poetry collections Psalm (2007) and Atlas Hour (2011), both from Tupelo Press. An NEA Fellow in poetry and a finalist for the National Magazine Award for work in our pages, she has an essay collection (The Nail in the Tree: Essays on Art, Violence, and Parenting) coming out in 2019, also from Tupelo. A professor of English at Fairfield University, Davis lives in Newtown, Connecticut, with her husband and two sons.