Poetry

  • Pool

    I’m swimming laps, water around me silver as meteor showers in a dark night. My arms draw strong against water’s pull. I am a foreign body breaking the surface, slicing along, head flicking to the side [...]

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  • Knock on Wood

    At ninety-two my widowed sister danced the hoochy-kootchy. A minor stroke caused her to limp. Undaunted, she stretched, bent, rotated, lifted. It was then she fell and broke her hip. Our bother, eighty three, composed a [...]

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  • Exodus

    We have already gone to the hot side of the sun, the places where fire lights on the water, where dark blood pours through the long night. We have already been to that far away place. [...]

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  • Ms. Militancy: Poems

    Meena Kandasamy just finished the final manuscripts of her second poetry collection, Ms. Militancy. Kandasamy poems retell Hindu/Tamil myths, in a feminist, anti-hierarchy, and anti-caste perspective. Some of the poems make the myths contemporary by locating [...]

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  • Kōiwi Kōiwi | Bone Bone

    In her compelling second collection, Hinemoana Baker, one of New Zealand’s most exciting poets, amplifies what’s usually whispered, magnifies the microscopic and x-rays the mundane. Hinemoana Baker is a writer, musician, and sound artist living on Wellington’s Kapiti [...]

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  • Boomerang: Poems by Brenda Cárdenas

    Brenda Cárdenas’ poetry works itself into the folds of overlapping worlds: Spanish and English intermingle with ideas of childhood and adulthood, song and poem, and day and night. Her topics, in the midst of transition, maintain [...]

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  • Lighthead: Poems by Terrance Hayes

    In his fourth collection, Terrance Hayes investigates how we construct experience. With one foot firmly grounded in the everyday and the other hovering in the air, his poems braid dream and reality into a poetry that [...]

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  • Velocity: Poems by Nancy Krygowski

    Introduction by Sherrie Flick Nancy Krygowski’s work has been with me for a long time. I’ve followed her poems (her boyfriends, her apartments, her vintage dishware) from New Hampshire to California to Ohio to Nebraska to [...]

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  • Sherrie Flick and Nancy Krygowski

    The crowd at Gist Street. Photo by Jonathan Green (Popcity.) The first Friday of each month around 6:30pm, a line begins to form along Gist Street in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. If it’s raining, people clutch umbrellas. [...]

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