Words Frequently Confused: Resurrection, Reincarnation

Phillip Sterling’s most recent books are the poetry collection And Then Snow (Main Street Rag) and, as editor, Isle Royale from the AIR: Poems, Stories, and Songs from 25 Years of Artists-in-Residence (Caffeinated Press), both released in 2017. He has served as artist-in-residence for both Isle Royale National Park and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

The Medical Editor on Art

Roxanne Halpine Ward graduated from the MFA program at the University of North Carolina–Greensboro. Her work has appeared in CALYX, Greensboro Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, and the Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, among others, and her chapbook, This Electric Glow, was published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2012. She has worked in the medical publishing industry for almost twelve years and lives outside of Philadelphia.

Obit: Language; Obit: Approval; Obit: The Priest; & Obit: Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang’s fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017; The Boss (McSweeney’s, 2013) won a PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Her earlier books are Salvinia Molesta (University of Georgia Press, 2008) and Circle (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005). She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2017. In 2018, she earned the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award for her manuscript-in-progress, “OBIT.” She lives in Los Angeles and teaches for Antioch University’s MFA program.

The Book of the Dead Man (Dylan’s Names)

Live as if you were already dead.
                           —Zen admonition

All I can do is be me, whoever that is.
                           —Bob Dylan

 

 1. About the Dead Man and Dylan’s Names

 

Who were Elston Gunn and Blind Boy Grunt, Bob

Marvin Bell’s recent books include Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2013 )and Whiteout (Lodima Press, 2011), a collaboration with photographer Nathan Lyons. The selections from “If & When” in this issue continue Bell’s poetic correspondence with Christopher Merrill, earlier exchanges from which were collected in After the Fact: Scripts & Postscripts (White Pine Press, 2016).

These Things Happen Here, At This Time of Night

Blair Hurley received her A.B. from Princeton University and her MFA from New York University. Her stories are published or forthcoming in Ninth Letter, West Branch, Mid-American Review, Washington Square, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere. She has received a 2018 Pushcart Prize and scholarships from Bread Loaf and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts; her debut novel, The Devoted, is due in August 2018 from W. W. Norton & Company.

I Came Here to Be Alone

I paced back and forth in my art studio, not taking my eyes off the drawing on my long white desk. I ’d just finished penciling in the eyebrows of a third African tribesman. A group of them stood on …

Carrie Esposito spent most of her adult life on the east coast, except for stints in India, Thailand, and London, until she recently moved to Denver with her husband and children. After the move, she finished her first novel, “No Way to Fall Off This Earth,” which she began writing in a notebook on the subway ride to and from work while an assistant principal of a middle school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. She’s currently revising her novels and writing short stories. Her short stories have been published in Mused.

Visiting the Temple in Nîmes

Betsy Fogelman Tighe has published widely in small literary magazines, including Rattle, TriQuarterly, and Verseweavers—where she was awarded third prize in the New Poets and first prize in the Dueling Judges categories in 2015 by the Oregon Poetry Association. Tighe currently works as a teacher-librarian in green Portland, Oregon.

Gary Snyder and the Road to Kitkitdizze & Joyce Carol Oates, Badass (with introduction by the author)

Rick Bassis the author of thirty-one books of fiction and nonfiction, including, most recently, For a Little While: New and Selected Stories (Little, Brown, 2016). His work has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Best American Travel Writing, Best Spiritual Writing, Best American Sports Writing, and Best American Nature Writing. He lives in northwest Montana, where he is a board member of the Yaak Valley Forest Council. His essays in this issue will appear in The Traveling Feast, out this summer from Little, Brown.

Studies in Darkness

“There’s something about black,” said Georgia O’Keeffe. “You feel hidden away in it.” Louise Nevelson said she fell in love with black: “You can be quiet and it can contain the whole thing.” Somehow this is true for …

Traci Brimhall is the author of three collections of poetry: Saudade (Copper Canyon Press, 2018); Our Lady of the Ruins (W. W. Norton, 2012); and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010). Her poems have been published in the New Yorker, PoetryPloughshares, and The Best American Poetry; her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Southern Review, Gulf Coast, Copper Nickel, Cincinnati Review, and Brevity. She teaches at Kansas State University.