Three Questions: Luanne Castle

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We featured an excerpt from Luanne Castle’s Doll God (Aldrich Press, 2015) in May. She has been a Fellow at the Center for Ideas and Society at the University of California, Riverside.  She studied English and creative writing at the University of California, Riverside (PhD); Western Michigan University (MA, MFA); and the Stanford University writing … Continue reading

Excerpt: Nicole Rollender

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From Absence of Stars Necessary Work Roman poets put skulls in their love poems – the mortal with the immortal, the dark in the brilliant death-light; the plum falling from its long branch, then sweetly decomposing. The excruciating parting of our two bodies, that was necessary. Your tiny body – you can’t even drink my … Continue reading

Poem: Elizabeth Tannen

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Metaphor In the context of a river you’re an anvil, an artist, a quick silver flash. I’m a stick: black as a sleeve, I move through the thrush of your peculiar bank. In the context of an orbit you’re a sphere, shifting as a fork in a certain, beloved mouth. I’m home. In the context … Continue reading

Three Questions: Gail Thomas

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We featured an excerpt from Gail Thomas’s Waving Back (Turning Point Books, 2015) in April. She also is the author of No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley (Haleys, 2001) and Finding the Bear (Perugia Press, 1997).  Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, she has received grants from the Massachusetts … Continue reading

Poem: Carl Boon

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Plumfall The sidewalk’s black with them. They stick to the bottoms of our sandals and even the crows grow nauseous, coming constantly at the smell. Most love better the preceding flowers, the sides of buildings months before dotted white as the wind picks up. The dead are better for wine, most say, but mornings in … Continue reading

Three Questions: Lynn Pedersen

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We featured an excerpt from Lynn Pedersen’s  Tiktaalik, Adieu (Finishing Line Press) in April. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in New England Review, Ecotone, Poet Lore, Southern Poetry Review, Palo Alto Review, and Heron Tree. In addition to Tiktaalik, Adieu, she is the author of another chapbook, Theories of Rain (Main Street Rag), … Continue reading

Poem: Dawn Paul

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Avalanche Always, the lag sound traveling the distance, peak to valley Looking up from green Grindelwald at Jungfrau, white at noon On a flank, blade-sharp against the Swiss blue sky one puff of crystal snow rose trailed off in wind-blown streamers then—a bass drum struck with a cloth mallet That first time, I did not … Continue reading

Poem: Lucy Dunphy Barsness

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Selkie Writing eases all things vinegar, like prodding cool peat with a salt-scorched nose. O the smell of wet earth! I used to carry land and sea in a tic tac box to take like tonic when in a desert or a parking lot. My mother told me that, when I was a girl pup, … Continue reading

Poem: Rachel Schloss

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Open Sea I like to imagine Rumi as a whale, spouting words like water. I don’t know what whales breathe, and Rumi, did he breathe the water he wrote? I want to ask what life is, what it’s meant to be. I decide instead to write it down in words. On Friday, I saw a … Continue reading

Three Questions: Jessica Goodfellow

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We featured an excerpt from Jessica Goodfellow’s Mendeleev’s Mandala (Mayapple Press, 2015)  in April. She is also the author of The Insomniac’s Weather Report (Isobar Press, 2014), and her chapbook, A Pilgrim’s Guide to Chaos in the Heartland, won the 2006 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Competition. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Verse Daily, and NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac. Jessica received … Continue reading

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