A Constant State of Migration

In poetic (and practical) terms, glass is most typically associated with delicacy and fragility—glass houses, glass castles, hearts of glass. Laura Wingfield and her glass menagerie shattering with the routine roughnesses of the world. Percy Bysshe Shelley’s lament in “Adonais” …

Dustin Yellin (b. 1975) is a visual artist and the founder of the Pioneer Works arts center in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to a permanent installation on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, his recent exhibits have included the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the Tacoma Museum of Art in Washington, and the 53W53 Gallery in New York City. In 2015, Dustin Yellin: Heavy Water (with foreword and essays by Alanna Heiss, Kenneth Goldsmith, and Andrew Durbin) was published by Rizzoli.

What I Asked

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. 

Afternoon Sun at the End of Summer

 

The children wade naked and thigh-deep

in stone-colored water. They duck under

and come up flinging drops from their hair.

Wind raises gooseflesh on their arms.

Touch is the miracle, wrote Whitman.

Touch is the earth’s language and

Emily Tuszynska lives in Fairfax, Virginia. Other recent work of hers can be read in Poetry Northwest, Water-Stone Review, Salamander, the Southern Review, and elsewhere.

The Fens, 1630s

Brian Swann’s most recent collections are Another Log on the Fire: New and Selected Fiction (MadHat Press, 2019) and Sunday Out of Nowhere: New and Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow Press, 2018). 

Obituary for Silence & The Ancestors Remain Unhelpful with the Recent Tide of Events

Heather Altfeld is a poet and essayist. Her first book of poetry, The Disappearing Theatre (Poets at Work, 2016), won the Poets at Work Prize. Her work appears in Conjunctions, Narrative Magazine, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, the Los Angeles Review, and other literary journals. She currently teaches in the honors program and for the comparative religion and humanities department at California State University–Chico.

Domestic This

Julie Marie Wade is co-author (with Denise Duhamel) of Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose (Noctuary Press, 2019). Other works include Same-Sexy Marriage: A Novella in Poems (2018) and When I Was Straight (2014), both from A Midsummer Night’s Press. She teaches in the creative writing program at Florida International University and reviews regularly for Lambda Literary Review and The Rumpus. She is married to Angie Griffin and lives on Hollywood Beach.

Joiner’s Hammer

Ralph Burns’s new collection But Not Yet won the 2016 Blue Lynx Poetry Award and was published in 2017 by Lynx House Press. He has new poems in FIELD. He lives in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.

A Postmortem Guide & A Postmortem Guide (2)

A Postmortem Guide*

for my eulogist, in advance

 

Do not praise me for my exceptional serenity.

Can’t you see I’ve turned away

from the large excitements,

and have accepted all the troubles?

 

Go down to the old cemetery;

Stephen Dunn is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose. His Degrees of Fidelity: Essays on Poetry and the Latitudes of the Personal,  is due out from Tiger Bark Press in October 2018, and a new collection of poems, Pagan Virtues, is scheduled to be published by W. W. Norton in 2019. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Different Hours, and he has had fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. Dunn lives in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd.

That Autumn & The Normal

Stephen Dunn is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose. His Degrees of Fidelity: Essays on Poetry and the Latitudes of the Personal,  is due out from Tiger Bark Press in October 2018, and a new collection of poems, Pagan Virtues, is scheduled to be published by W. W. Norton in 2019. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Different Hours, and he has had fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. Dunn lives in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd.