Vexed Heritage: Two Southern Poets (on R. T. Smith’s Summoning Shades and Natasha Trethewey’s Monument: Poems New and Selected )

Floyd Collins earned his MFA and PhD at the University of Arkansas. A book of critical essays on poetry, The Living Artifact, is forthcoming from Stephen F. Austin University Press in spring 2021. The Teresa Poems will appear from Somondoco Press in fall 2021. His poetry and critical prose appear regularly with The Arkansas Review, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, and The Kenyon Review.

Bodies, Political and Religious (on Leonard Cohen’s The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings; Marilyn Chin’s A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems; Kazim Ali’s Inquisition; Del Samatar and Sofia Samatar’s Monster Portraits; and Li-Young Lee’s The Undressing)

Jeff Gundy’s eighth book of poems, Without a Plea, was published in early 2019 by Bottom Dog Press. Recent poems and essays are in Cincinnati Review, River Teeth, Forklift, Ohio, Terrain, and Christian Century. He is at work on a series of lyric essays about the Illinois prairie with the working title “Wind Farm.”

 

“A Starting Point” (with an introduction by Katie Geha)

 

INTRODUCTION

Toyin Ojih Odutola is a visual artist consumed by the literary. Her drawings of figures are often cloaked in narrative allusions, and the build-up of marks on the page becomes a language which can be read. After all, …

Toyin Ojih Odutola lives and works in New York. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum Harlem, and many other places, and is held in collections including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C.; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Becoming Ariel

Valerie Nieman’s fourth novel, To the Bones, appeared this spring from West Virginia University Press. Her third poetry collection, Leopard Lady: A Life in Verse (Press 53, 2018), includes work that first appeared in the Missouri Review, Chautauqua, Southern Poetry Review, and other journals. Other poems have been published in numerous anthologies, including Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods and Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. Nieman teaches creative writing at North Carolina A&T State University.

God Is Not Right, He Is Big & Notes Toward Intuitive Geography

Jeff Gundy’s eighth book of poems, Without a Plea, was published in early 2019 by Bottom Dog Press. Recent poems and essays are in Cincinnati Review, River Teeth, Forklift, Ohio, Terrain, and Christian Century. He is at work on a series of lyric essays about the Illinois prairie with the working title “Wind Farm.”

 

Seahorse in the Desert; The Scorpion of Loud; & Industralia

Alberto Ríos’s latest collections of poems are A Small Story About the Sky (2015), The Dangerous Shirt (2009), and The Theater of Night (2007)—this last the winner of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award, and all three from Copper Canyon Press. A finalist for the National Book Award in 2002 for The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body and the recipient of the Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award, Ríos has taught at Arizona State University for over thirty-five years. He is Arizona’s inaugural poet laureate, a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU.

Seeing God; The Watcher; & Headlong

Lola Haskins’s latest collection of poems, her fifteenth, is Asylum: Improvisations on John Clare (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019).

Credo; In the Giardino dei Semplici, Florence; Also on a Theme of Boccaccio; & Coquettish Angel

Keith Ratzlaff teaches poetry and literature at Central College in Pella, Iowa. His most recent books of poetry, Then, A Thousand Crows (2009) and Dubious Angels: Poems after Paul Klee (2005), are from Anhinga Press, as will be his next, Who’s Asking? His poems and reviews have appeared recently in the Cincinnati Review, Arts and Letters, Colorado Review, and the American Reader; his honors include the Theodore Roethke Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and inclusion in The Best American Poetry 2009. 

Jesse Owens Races a Horse in North Dakota

Adam Tavel’s third poetry collection, Catafalque, won the 2017 Richard Wilbur Book Award (University of Evansville Press, 2018). He is also the author of The Fawn Abyss (Salmon Poetry, 2017) and Plash & Levitation (University of Alaska Press, 2015), the latter a winner of the Permafrost Book Prize in Poetry.