on A Place Like Mississippi: A Journey Through a Real and Imagined Literary Landscape by W. Ralph Eubanks

“Daddy, what’s Mississippi like?” In the prologue to his 2003 memoir Ever Is a Long Time, author W. Ralph Eubanks recounts this innocent, yet surprisingly complicated question posed to him by his young son one night during a bedtime conversation. …

KaToya Ellis Fleming is an assistant professor of publishing arts at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington and editor at Lookout Books. She was previously in residence in Little Rock, Arkansas, as the 2019–20 Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow. She holds a BA in English from Spelman College and an MFA in narrative nonfiction from the University of Georgia and is currently at work on “Finding Frank,” a bibliomemoir. Her work focuses on race and culture in the American South and has appeared in Oxford American, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.

on Blizzard by Henri Cole

If the lyrical mode of the poems in Henri Cole’s Blizzard is something “elegant, libidinous, austere”—as one poem characterizes Cole’s own personality—the great subject to which Cole returns is desire itself, the desire that directs our actions and libidos, that …

David Woo is the author of Divine Fire (Georgia Review Books/ University of Georgia Press, 2021) and The Eclipses (BOA Editions, 2005). His work has appeared in The New YorkerThe Threepenny ReviewThe New RepublicThe Asian American Literary ReviewLiterary Imagination, and other journals and anthologies. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

on Habitat Threshold by Craig Santos Perez

Habitat Threshold, the new collection of poetry by Craig Santos Perez, opens with his daughter’s birth. Surprisingly, however, this family milestone is decentered by another presence:

The doctor presses the plastic probe
against my pregnant wife’s belly.
Plastic leaches

Ben Rutherfurd received his MFA from the University of Arizona and is currently a doctoral candidate in creative writing at the University of Georgia, where he was awarded a 2018–19 Lamar Dodd School of Art Interdisciplinary Fellowship and now serves as editorial assistant at The Georgia Review. He is also a contributing editor at Green Linden.

on Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

In February 2020, the same month Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning was released, I attended a teach-in organized by Tsuru for Solidarity in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Tsuru for Solidarity is a national project led by Japanese Americans …

Tamiko Beyer is the author of Last Days (2021) and We Come Elemental (2013), both from Alice James Books. Her poetry and articles have appeared in places such as Denver Quarterly, Idaho Review, DUSIE, Black Warrior Review, Lit Hub, and The Rumpus. She has received awards, fellowships, and residencies from PEN America, Kundiman, Hedgebrook, VONA, and the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, among others. She is a queer, mixed race (Japanese and white), cisgender woman and femme, living on Massachusett, Wampanoag, and Pawtucket land. A social justice communications writer and strategist, she spends her days writing truth to power. 

on The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems by Arthur Sze

The universe, in its expansions and contractions, seems wholly contained in The Glass Constellation, Arthur Sze’s eleventh collection of poetry, which gathers, along with his newest poems, the entirety of his previous ten books. Yet Sze’s poetry, as a …

Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of two books of poetry, Bright Raft in the Afterweather (2018) and Leaving Tulsa (2013), both from the University of Arizona Press. An alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts, she received her PhD at the University of Denver and her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry. Foerster is of European (German/Dutch) and Mvskoke descent and is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. She lives in San Francisco.

on The End of October by Lawrence Wright

In The End of October, published early in the present pandemic, Lawrence Wright initially appeared to be not only a novelist, but also a prophet. Before the virus now known as COVID-19 made a crucial mutation, while it still …

Darby Wood Walters is a doctoral candidate in English at University of Southern California. She received her bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Pomona College, and her scientific background informs her literary projects. Her work has recently appeared in Victorian Periodicals Review.

Good Neighbors (on Wolfram Eilenberger’s Time of the Magicians: Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer, Heidegger, and the Decade That Reinvented Philosophy, translated from the German by Shaun Whiteside, and Claire Messud’s Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write: An Autobiography in Essays)

Wolfram Eilenberger’s Time of the Magicians features a library that seems like an academic’s version of Borges’s Babel or Zafron’s Cemetery of Forgotten Books. In the Warburg Library in Hamburg, philosopher Ernst Cassirer found his ideal domain. Although the collection …

Jonathan Russell Clark is a literary critic and the author of the forthcoming Skateboard (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2022) as well as An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom (Fiction Advocate, 2018). His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, Vulture, Rolling Stone, the Atlantic, and numerous others.

Come with Me

The first time I saw Salim, the weather report called it one of Karimnagar’s hottest summers. Streets bore silence like a curfew. Cows belched and jutted out their tongues for moisture. The ice cream vendor rolled his cart into the …

Nishanth Injam comes from Telangana, India, and has received an MFA from the University of Michigan, where he is currently a Zell Fellow. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly Review and PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2021.

When a bolt of lightning falls in love & Gargoyle

 

When a bolt of lightning falls in love

 

with an old woman, sex is reinvented 
as the world’s first toaster oven. 

When lightning falls in love with a middle-
aged woman, lightning gives 

birth to an electric guitar. …

Laura Kasischke’s tenth poetry collection, Lightning Falls in Love, will be published in 2022 by Copper Canyon Press. She teaches in the University of Michigan’s Residential College.