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April 2015

The Sunday Poem: Nickole Brown’s “Fanny Says”

By |04.25.15|

Reading Nickole Brown’s new book of poems, Fanny Says, is like being introduced to someone you never want to let go, the kind of fierce, tender, acerbic, complicated woman who will snag you by your scruff and tell you what you don’t want to hear, and— in the next breath— what you need to hear. In this special Sunday Poem feature, writer Janlori Goldman introduces us to Nickole Brown's Fanny—a trash-talking, scrappy southerner, sure of all the right ways to do everything, from making potato salad (recipe included) to how to serve her a Pepsi.

March 2015

The Sunday Poem: A Journey through Japan with Judy Halebsky

By |03.15.15|

 

This week’s Sunday Poem feature is a special guest column by writer Judy Halebsky.

Judy’s second book, Tree Line, was recently published by New Issues Poetry & Prose. (Hats off to the press for producing a beautifully designed book—I see far […]

November 2014

The Sunday Poem: Tony Hoagland

By |11.29.14|

 
 

There Is No Word

There isn’t a word for walking out of the grocery store
with a gallon jug of milk in a plastic sack
that should have been bagged in double layers

—so that before you are […]

April 2014

The Sunday Poem: Lauren Camp’s The Dailiness

By |04.26.14|

 
The Dailiness by Lauren Camp from Edwin E. Smith, 2013
An Interview with Lauren Camp

Michelle Aldredge: I like the close attention you pay to daily encounters in your book. The image of “folding” appears again and again throughout the […]

The Sunday Poem: Jamaal May’s Hum

By |04.05.14|

 

“I don’t always go into a poem wanting to address a specific issue,” says Jamaal May. “I’m usually led by language and discover what’s nagging me through the process of arguing with a draft. The E.M. Forster adage, ‘How do […]

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March 2014

The Sunday Poem: Don Colburn’s Tomorrow Too-The Brenda Monologues

By |03.15.14|

 

Journalism and poetry have become for me two ways of reporting on the world, two means of truth-seeking and truth-telling,” says Don Colburn. “Neither holds a monopoly on what we glibly call the real world.”

Colburn came late to poetry during […]

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February 2014

The Sunday Poem: Lauren K. Alleyne’s Difficult Fruit

By |02.22.14|

 

Poetry is like ice-cream,” poet Lauren Alleyne recently told an interviewer when asked to compare poetry to a food. “It completes joy, but is also a natural remedy for heartache. You can enjoy it in all its flavors, and yet its […]

The Sunday Poem: C.D. Wright Explores Civil Rights in “One With Others”

By |02.08.14|

 
I first encountered C.D. Wright’s poetry through the back door of photography. Years ago, when I was studying contemporary artists working with 19th century photographic processes, I stumbled across Deborah Luster’s collaboration with C.D. Wright, titled One Big Self, in which […]

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The Sunday Poem: Judith Taylor’s Sex Libris

By |02.02.14|

 

As the psychoanalysts Jung and Freud both observed, fairy tales frequently reveal more about a culture than its sophisticated literary texts. These are the stories we hear at a young, impressionable age. Whether we’re conscious of it or not, these […]

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January 2014

The Sunday Poem: Dean Young’s Bender

By |01.11.14|

 
Bender: New & Selected Poems
By Dean Young. Copper Canyon Press, 280 pages
Choosing a handful of poems from Dean Young’s collection Bender: New & Selected Poems was no easy task. Most poetry collections are hit and miss, but in Dean Young’s case I […]

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