Some forty years after Charles Reznikoff first banded together with the New York poets Louis Zukofsky and George Oppen beneath the rubric of Objectivism, he was asked what that term meant to him. His response, for the reference work Contemporary
They’re Saying Now That Feathers Are Mostly Light, That Wings Are Mostly Not There
But sometimes it’s warm enough for the neighbor
to stand in the field
and brush out her horse’s tail. She knows the sun
slips through it.
The horse is two-toned, losing a winter coat, the day
Shayma Interviewed by a Medical Red Cross Staff Member in Corigliano Calabro
A “ghost ship” carrying hundreds of Syrian refugees including pregnant women and children has been towed safely to Italy after being abandoned by its crew.
—The Independent, Wednesday, 22 April 2015
What is your name?
Alva and the Complex Pool
You see, sooner or later, everything falters
into radiance. The smallest components of our pent-up
contingencies ignite. Energy shimmers in every cell.
This afternoon, for example, from the balcony
of my condo, in which I have lived exactly
The Unshakeable Image: A Conversation with Siân Griffiths
Lindsay Tigue: Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions. I really enjoyed “Sk8r,” and I particularly admired the way you portrayed the protagonist Ilsa’s treatment of Angie. Twelve-year-old Ilsa is a very relatable young protagonist and …
Beyond Muscle Memory: An Interview with Farrah Karapetian
Artist Farrah Karapetian’s oeuvre locates emotional weight in the physical making of her often politically rooted subject material. In the case of Muscle Memory, featured in our Fall 2015 issue, Karapetian’s focus, as indicated, is the muscle memory of …
Rich in Word Love: A Conversation with Colette Inez
Doug Carlson: Halfway into “Stamp Fever,” the reader suddenly realizes that things aren’t what they seem; that is, a different level of reality has taken over. As the boy’s world becomes more magical, his need is more apparent and our …
on The Ocean, the Bird and the Scholar by Helen Vendler
The Ocean, the Bird and the Scholar brings together twenty-seven essays, reviews, and occasional lectures, written over the past twenty years by the renowned poetry scholar Helen Vendler, the best known “close reader” of lyric poetry today. Almost all of …
on Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight by Margaret Lazarus Dean
What does the end of the space shuttle program mean for America? Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight sets its coordinates by this question, and in an attempt to answer it, Margaret Lazarus Dean journeyed to …