September 11, 2018

Luck, Lit, & Gutter Spouts

By Derek Mong

I was twenty-three years old when I won the Hopwood Award for Poetry. A recent college grad, I lived in a leaky apartment that I’d furnished with lawn furniture and […]

June 30, 2017

Where I Get My Ideas

By Laura Maylene Walter

From readings, where I scrawl notes in tiny, messy handwriting on the backs of old receipts I’ve dug up from the bottom of my bag. From weddings, especially if something […]

November 30, 2016

Strangers Meant (to be) Un-stranged

By Rosebud Ben-Oni

  Your map is marred by borders that become a sieve of history, straining the wild from the willing. Missions and malls encroach your sun swathed villitas where flowers battle […]

November 29, 2015

Looking. Looking Again (Part One)

By Cody Walker

Earlier this month I spent some time at the University of Washington’s Marine Station in Friday Harbor. The occasion was the UW’s fourth annual Poetry and Science Symposium; a terrific […]

October 31, 2015

Lowell, Bishop, Berryman

By Cody Walker

In today’s New York Times, Christopher Isherwood reviews Dear Elizabeth, a play by Sarah Ruhl that tracks the friendship (mostly epistolary) of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop. Isherwood writes something […]

February 23, 2015

Rotten, Rotten, Rotten

By Cody Walker

We’re seven weeks into the winter semester—and my students have written some terrible poems. It’s OK; I’ve asked them to. We’ve been reading W. D. Snodgrass’s De/Compositions: 101 Good Poems […]

January 26, 2015

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen

By Meg Shevenock

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen is a book deeply embedded in the body, in the body before race, as in the body unable to escape either itself or its color. Race ignites […]

October 17, 2013

Salter in the House

By Cody Walker

I’ve never been able to locate a working time machine—which leaves me, tonight, in a worse-than-usual-fix. Because I need to travel back to earlier this evening and exhort anyone within […]

December 22, 2012

Language as an Artistic Medium

By Amit Majmudar

Visual art, language, and music fall along a spectrum whose two ends are the “representative” and the “nonrepresentative.” By “representation” I mean of the physical world. Historically, a visual art […]

June 20, 2012

Short Takes: Theory of Sublimity

By Andrew David King

“Soda,” or “pop”? Here’s a more nuanced answer (maybe) to accents, intonations, inflections,  and everything else that makes speech interesting. Ben Lerner, setting it straight in The New Yorker: “…I’m […]