The Queen of Sheba

Flood

The Fourth of July

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. 

The Lake

Albert Goldbarth is the author of more than twenty-five books of poetry, most recently Selfish (2015), Everyday People (2012), and The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972–2007 (2007), all from Graywolf Press. He has twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry.

Homage to Szymon Laks

Bruce Bond’s twenty-eight books include Calling (Parlor Press, 2021); Behemoth (Criterion Books, 2021), winner of the New Criterion poetry prize; Patmos (University of Massachusetts Press, 2021), winner of the Juniper Prize; Scar (Etruscan Press, 2020); Plurality and the Poetics of Self (Palgrave, 2019); and Words Written Against the Walls of the City (Louisiana State University Press, 2019). His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including seven editions of Best American Poetry.

Elegy for Miss Beagle

Marjorie Sandor’s forthcoming memoir, The Late Interiors: A Life Under Construction (Arcade/Skyhorse Publishing), will be her fourth book. Her linked story collection, Portrait of My Mother, Who Posed Nude in Wartime (Sarabande, 2003), followed A Night of Music (Ecco, 1989) and won the National Jewish Book Award in Fiction; eight of her stories have appeared in GR. Sandor’s volume of essays The Night Gardener: A Search for Home (Lyons Press, 1999) won the 2000 Oregon Book Award for Literary Nonfiction, and her work has appeared in the Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies, among others. Sandor directs the MFA program in creative writing at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

For the Second

Elbow Notes

on Wilderness Plots: Tales About the Settlement of the American Land by Scott R. Sanders