June 15, 2018


By Dora Malech

[Continued from “Crawlspace”] * Thinking about contemporary sonnets, shadow sonnets, American Sonnets, and so on and so[nnet] on, I’m fascinated both by the poems themselves and by what the poems […]

June 8, 2018

The Quest for the Enchanted Writing Tip

By Caroline Hagood

Many writers spend their whole careers chasing that enchanted writing tip that will make them extraordinary, and there’s certainly no shortage of craft advice. Some authors (I’m looking at you, […]

February 2, 2018

American Sonnets (Part XIII: The Hinges)

By Dora Malech

[Continued from “American Sonnets (Part XII: Precursors)”] Terrance Hayes connects with Harryette Mullen connects with Gertrude Stein connects with Terrance Hayes. The links (hyper- and literary) above aren’t just from […]

January 27, 2018

American Sonnets (Part XII: Precursors)

By Dora Malech

[Continued from “American Sonnets (Part XI: Insistence)”] Terrance Hayes ended a 2006 post for Harriet, the Poetry Foundation blog, by writing that “it is possible to value two very different things at […]

January 19, 2018

American Sonnets (Part XI: Insistence)

By Dora Malech

[Continued from “American Sonnets (Part X: Box, Box, Boxes, Boxes In)”] In addition to the overlapping concerns of form and content I began to consider in the previous post, Stein’s […]

May 21, 2016

The joy that has no stem nor core

By Dora Malech

The joy that has no stem nor core, Nor seed that we can sow, Is edible to longing, But ablative to show. By fundamental palates Those products are preferred Impregnable […]

December 27, 2015

An End In Itself

By Dora Malech

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. — Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho  I’ve been thinking about failure all month, ever since I wrote about it in the […]