Anna Journey

Anna Journey is the author of the poetry collections Vulgar Remedies (Louisiana State University Press, 2013) and If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting (University of Georgia Press, 2009), which was selected by Thomas Lux for the National Poetry Series. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of Southern California. Her website is http://annajourney.com.

Watermark and Fable: On Eduardo C. Corral’s Slow Lightning

By Anna Journey

“I’m / performing / an autopsy on my shadow,” writes Eduardo C. Corral in “Self-Portrait with Tumbling and Lasso.” Elliptically narrative, imagistic, musical, and fabular, the poems in Corral’s debut poetry collection, Slow Lightning, explore the shadowy borderlands of both gay and Chicano identity while adapting and altering aspects of magical realism.

Three Poems

By Anna Journey

Last Nostalgia Starting with a Piece of Spider Plant on our Car’s Backseat

You moved clippings of your childhood spider plant
with us in a Ziploc half-filled with tap water

Mar/Apr 2021

The Judas Ear

By Anna Journey

I invited the apostle to my stir-fry dinner by accident. I shook into my smoking wok a packet of dried wood ear mushrooms — the ones I’d bought from a farmers’ market. […]

Summer 2010

Sonnets to Ambien

By Anna Journey

Ambien, a sedative-hypnotic drug used by insomniacs, may cause hallucinations and erratic behavior. 1 A reaper and his phosphorescent lynx hover from my coat hook. I’m already this far from […]

Summer 2010

Warning

By Anna Journey

As heat moves through like its own animal whose evening pulse is headlights and a reply of lit cats’ eyes, as after the amber of Freon streaks my ceiling and […]