. . . The heartbreak in Griffor’s poetry is deeper than one person’s; she speaks for a country’s grief.
Along a Line of Melody: A Review of Hugh Behm-Steinberg's The Opposite of Work (JackLeg Press, 2013)
. . . Perhaps what makes it so easy to spring into the text, as if from a fractured winter, is Behm-Steinberg’s humble, transcendental voice; a trinity of light seeping in through a stained- glass cathedral.
It’s a book for those who want to see beyond the real and into the surreal, or better said, to inhabit the surreal within the real, a core within the deeper subconscious which is—despite its phantasmagorias and hyperconnectivity— well aware of structure both in poetic form and in the physics of reality.
WHAT'S GIVEN TO US: A Review of David St. John's The Auroras
by Natalie Skeith
In fact the three denotative definitions of the title word ‘Aurora’ canvas the multiple modes of living explored in St. John’s work. The first ‘Aurora’ is the Roman goddess of dawn, whom represents the search for spiritual truths and connections in St. John’s work.
WITH ONE WING: A Review of Laura Kasischke's Space, in Chains
by Casey Goodson
When reading Kasischke's phrases there seems to be an intended sense of elation, even alarm, so that watching a mother "disintegrate before a mirror" gives more than it takes away.
Allison Hedge Coke, Kjell Espmark, Kristin Bock, Sandra Alcosser, Mark Irwin, Lisa Lewis, Matthew Rohrer, Tony Trigilio, Vickie Vertiz, Katie Byrum, Jessica Smith, J Ryan Bermuda, Lisa Cheby, Philip Schaefer, Jill Ann Mceldowney, Caiden Feldmiller, Dillon J. Welch, Kathrine Keller, and Melissa Ho.
Ron Arias, Robert Joe Stout, Nicole Rivas, Dani Heinemeyer, Glenn Shaheen, Danielle LaVaque-Manty, Anna Geraldine Paret, Keith F. Stahl, Erin Rhodes, Chella Courington, Timston Johnston.
Featured Artist | Claire Anna Baker
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Ghost Town is published by the California State University San Bernardino MFA Program in Creative Writing
Claire Anna Baker: Indeed the boundaries of self constantly transgress, defy, and complicate external categorization. My exploration of all “trans” related experience is really about finding commonalities that may expand, bridge, specify, and complicate all boundaries. Trans awareness is about projecting the self, the senses, the imagination out into the world consciously in order to open, redefine, and intimate the relationship between self and world.
ON POETRY AND WRITING: An Interview with Kjell Espmark
by Mariela Griffor
MG: Okay, let’s talk about Lend Me Your Voice, specifically: why did you have to write this book? Tell me the story behind your book.
Espmark: Sitting on deck, reading an article in the New York Review of Books about Sapho´s poetry, especially about the loss of almost all her poetry in the fire in Alexandria, I was hit by an epiphany. I had a vision of a multitude of voices from past centuries searching for someone to receive them, to listen to them and record them. The chorus of voices demanded to be a collection of – perhaps – one hundred poems.
THE WORLD'S SOUL: An Interview with Paul Kareem Tayyar
by K.L. Straight
When I listened to you read from your novella In the Footsteps of the Silver King, and then, when I subsequently read other examples of your work, especially the poetry, I found the voice to be lively and upbeat. How is it that you are able to write such “happy” and optimistic poetry when so many other poets write from deep and dark emotional places?
The “happy” poetry thing is funny to me: I do definitely try to incorporate a celebratory thematic in much of my poetry. Though I hope it is not an unearned happiness, but rather that it is the kind of physical, emotional, and spiritual affirmation that comes from being engaged in the world around you, and from trying to constantly be sensitive to people’s capacity for goodness, and for the natural world’s ability to restore a sense of psychic and religious balance to our lives.