Summer 2019



Summer 2019

Table of Contents


I Knew Some of Them, But They All Knew Me

Taabu and the Vibe


Worthy to Receive, or “Even a blind pig gets a truffle now and then”: Philip Levine and Me



Becoming Ariel

Credo; In the Giardino dei Semplici, Florence; Also on a Theme of Boccaccio; & Coquettish Angel

God Is Not Right, He Is Big & Notes Toward Intuitive Geography

Jesse Owens Races a Horse in North Dakota


Seahorse in the Desert; The Scorpion of Loud; & Industralia

Seeing God; The Watcher; & Headlong

The Quiet Boy Noé Who Waited to Speak


Bodies, Political and Religious (on Leonard Cohen’s The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings; Marilyn Chin’s A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems; Kazim Ali’s Inquisition; Del Samatar and Sofia Samatar’s Monster Portraits; and Li-Young Lee’s The Undressing)

on Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff by Sara Borjas

on Horizon by Barry Lopez

on Look at the Lake by Kevin Brophy

on Oculus by Sally Wen Mao

on Tokyo by Michael Mejia

Vexed Heritage: Two Southern Poets (on R. T. Smith’s Summoning Shades and Natasha Trethewey’s Monument: Poems New and Selected )