The Assignment

“the poem gripped me and would not let go until I’d turned it into English” | Chana Block on her first translation.

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Poets and Cities an introduction by Sandra Alcosser Kevin Prufer Portfolio The Cities, the Armies A History of My Schooling Ants Unlocatable Sadness Increasingly Improbable Portfolios Love is a Bridge of Grammar: New Poems from ELENA SALAMANCA’S Pensamiento Salvaje (Viola Tricolor) translated from the Spanish by ALEXANDRA LYTTON REGALADO The Bottle in My Purse/La botella …

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THIS SPECIAL TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE contains a rich and exciting array of portfolios including new work from Kevin Prufer, and newly-translated work, presented in English as well as the original language, from Elena Salamanca, Louis-Philippe Dalembert, Mariano Zaro, poets of the Armenian diaspora, among others. We have dug deep into our archives to bring you …

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Ukrainian Feature: Words for War

“For many of the poets, the war is not some distant event one hears about in the papers. It is part of their personal history”| poems from Ukraine, edited by Oksana Maksymchuk and Max Rosochinsky

Eastern-European Poets on Poetry & War

In this forum from our archives poets from Ukraine, Poland, and other east European countries consider poetry’s power in the face of war and how the 2014 invasion and annexation of Crimea affected their lives and work

In Praise of Adam Zagajewski (1945-2021)

“For years now, as my plane begins its descent toward the airport outside of Kraków, the city where I was born and raised but left years ago, I recite them quietly” | by Piotr Florczyk

Woman Writers

by Lý Lan Each of us has her own bedroom and study but Susan and I share a bathroom. Once she opened the door and found me standing naked before the mirror. I saw her many times putting on makeup and please do not reveal this dying her hair and massaging the wrinkles in her …

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Removal Era

Threed, This Road Not Damascus by Tamara J. Madison | Reviewed by Arthur Kayzakian

Identity Is Not Destination

New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Saba), edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani | Reviewed by Brent Ameneyro

Pandemic Poetry

Four Quartets: Poetry in the Pandemic, edited by Kristina Marie Darling & Jeffrey Levine | Reviewed by Alexa T. Dodd

A Head Full of Music

On songs, the state, sandhill cranes, and editing in her head | Allison Hedge Coke talks to Tami Haaland

Syntax Grammar and Power

“I wanted to create a very different relationship with grammar.” | Dora Malech and Kristina Marie Darling talk about Malech’s new book.

How God Is Like a Truffle

by Dana Roeser Like a goat in a stall with a thoroughbred a truffle sealed in a plastic bag with a dozen eggs or raw uncooked rice. Like an apple slice or piece of bread shut away in an airtight container with brown sugar— or a small bowl of water placed next to the hardened …

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Ars  Domestica

by Dana Roeser The key to this life is surprise. Don’t say my whole life is spent trying to reunite socks. Say instead, surprise! Here is Eleanor’s white cotton undershirt. Surprise! My husband slept in the living room; he’s in a bad mood. Surprise! Eleanor spilled lemonade over the coffee table and onto the Persian …

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