on Invocation to Daughters by Barbara Jane Reyes

Jeremy Allan Hawkins has received a grant from the U.S. Fulbright Program and a fellowship from the Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project. He is the author of A Clean Edge, winner of the 2016 BOAAT Chapbook Prize. His poetry has been selected for the 2016 Best New Poets anthology, and his work appeared in the Time Space Existence exhibition at the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture. He lives in France.

on Brass by Xhenet Aliu

When I described Xhenet Aliu’s Brass to a friend as a story about a teenage girl’s complicated relationship with her single mother, she said, “I’m not really a fan of mother-daughter stories.” We parted ways soon after, and I walked …

Emily Myrick has an MFA in fiction from the University of Maryland. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Fugue and Muse/A Journal. Originally from Marietta, Georgia, she currently lives and writes in Baltimore.

on Cherokee Road Kill by Celia Bland

Cherokee Road Kill is an important book written by a poet in command of her craft. I first met Celia Bland some years ago in a workshop with the marvelous Jean Valentine, and she shares a few of Valentine’s great …

Jonathan Blunk is a poet, essayist, and radio producer. His works include the authorized biography James Wright: A Life in Poetry (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017) and the essay “ ‘Living Toward That Voice’: James Wright Transfixing and Transfixed,” which appeared in The Georgia Review (Winter 2017). Blunk’s work can also be found in such journals as the American Poetry Review, Poets & Writers, and FIELD magazine.

Naming the Absence

As I am writing this in the summer of 2018, more than two thousand migrant children are being kept at the U.S.-Mexico border and around the United States, separated from their families, as pawns in a cruel political agenda. Doctors …

Mary-Kim Arnold is the author of Litany for the Long Moment (Essay Press, 2018) and the forthcoming The Fish & The Dove (Noemi Press, 2020). Awarded fellowships from the Rhode Island Foundation and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, she holds an MFA from Brown University and now teaches there in the Nonfiction Writing Program.

Southerners, Snakes, and Me 

[an excerpt]


Men and women are not only themselves, Somerset Maugham writes in The Razor’s Edge (1944), “they are also the region in which they were born, the city or apartment or the farm in which they learnt to …

Samuel Pickering, the author of more thirty books, which span several genres, was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He taught English for forty-five years, thirty-five of them at the University of Connecticut. His most recent book is Parade’s End, published by Mercer University Press in 2018. “Reading Pickering,” a reviewer wrote in the Smithsonian decades ago, “is like taking a walk with your oldest, wittiest friend.”

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).