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“First Ghost” by Juliana Gray

By On November 8, 2017

Juliana Gray is the author of Honeymoon Palsy (Measure Press, 2017), Roleplay (Dream Horse Press, 2012), which won the 2010 Orphic Prize, and The Man Under My Skin (River City Publishing, 2005),… Read More

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“Laughter in the Charnel House” by Jeff Holt

By On November 1, 2017

Jeff Holt is the author of The Harvest (White Violet Press, 2012). Jeff's poem, "A Madwoman," was featured in the most recent issue of Measure, and he has previously published poems in… Read More

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“Dream of Dying” by Thomas Lovell Beddoes

By On October 31, 2017

"Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803-1849) is a latter-day Jacobean, the author of blank verse plays and poems which are as bold, wild and fresh as they are archaic in manner. We read his… Read More

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“Black Fire” by Christopher Bernard

By On October 26, 2017

Christopher Bernard is author of the novels A Spy in theRuins and Voyage to a Phantom City, the short-story collections Dangerous Stories for Boys and In the American Night, and two poetry… Read More

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“The Pardon” by Richard Wilbur

By On October 16, 2017

"He should be read in the company of Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens" - Harold Bloom… Read More

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“Directions to the Church” by G.M. Palmer

By On October 9, 2017

G.M. Palmer lives with his wife and daughters on a poodle farm in North Florida. Find him online @gm_palmer.… Read More

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“Dwelling” by Catherine Staples

By On October 3, 2017

Catherine Staples is the author of two collections of poems: The Rattling Window (The Ashland Poetry Press) and Never a Note Forfeit (Seven Kitchens Press). Her poems and reviews have appeared in… Read More

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“Love is Merely a Madness” by Terese Coe

By On September 11, 2017

Terese Coe's poems and translations have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Cincinnati Review, The Hopkins Review, Metamorphoses, New American Writing, Poetry, Threepenny Review, Agenda, Crannog, Cyphers, The Moth, Poetry Review, the TLS,… Read More

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“Late Echo” by John Ashbery

By On September 4, 2017

"There is a meditative Ashbery, a formalist Ashbery, a comic Ashbery, a late-Romantic Ashbery, a Language poet Ashbery, and so on- even a love poet. No poet since Whitman has tapped into… Read More

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“An English Teacher” by Reed Whittemore

By On August 28, 2017

"Whittemore has the saving face of humor. . . . Being middle-aged and academic, Whittemore fights both labels as best he can, and then succumbs. When he is at least experimental and… Read More

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“Vacationists” by P.K. Page

By On August 9, 2017

Patricia Kathleen "P.K." Page was born in England but raised in Canada. She is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, including The Metal and the… Read More

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“Mushroom Hunters, 1957” by Al Basile (with Audio)

By On August 7, 2017

Al Basile is a poet, singer/songwriter, and cornetist. He has fourteen solo CDs under his own name, which regularly reach the top 15 on the Living Blues airplay charts following their… Read More

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“Savior Machine” by Tracy K. Smith

By On July 19, 2017

Tracy K. Smith is the author of three books of poetry: The Body's Question (2003); Duende (2007); Life on Mars (2011), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and Wade in the… Read More

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“Watching My Mother Take Her Last Breath” by Leon Stokesbury

By On July 17, 2017

"Leon Stokesbury writes with a pure and beautiful clarity, and that clarity is exacting. Whether he is elegiac or irate, magnanimous or biting, amused or exasperated, Stokesbury is always clear about what… Read More

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“On The Avenue” by Rhina P. Espaillat

By On July 13, 2017

“To Rhina Espaillat the quotidian is no malady . . . it is the source of inspiration. Hers is a voice of experience, but it is neither jaded nor pedantic. She speaks… Read More

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“Goths” by Ryan Wilson

By On July 6, 2017

Ryan Wilson is the editor of Literary Matters. He has published widely in periodicals such as First Things, Five Points, The Hopkins Review, The New Criterion, The Sewanee Review, and The Yale… Read More

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“From ‘The Building of the Ship’ ” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

By On July 4, 2017

“On the threshold of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln quoted the lines beginning: ‘Sail on, O Ship of State!’ His secretary, Nicolay, declared: ‘These lines seemed to stir something deep in Lincoln.… Read More

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“Excerpt from ‘The Rise of the COVFEFE'” by James Feichthaler

By On June 20, 2017

James Feichthaler’s poetry has appeared in numerous print and online journals in both the US and UK. His poems are truthful odes to his Imagination, which he calls, “the lunatic disciple of… Read More

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“Follower” by Seamus Heaney

By On June 18, 2017

"Perhaps the best descriptions of Seamus Heaney's extraordinarily rich and varied oeuvre come from the poet's own work. Mr. Heaney has created a remarkable series of poems that stay 'true to the… Read More

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“Henry Pina” by Dorina Pena

By On May 23, 2017

Dorina Pena earned her B.A. in English Writing in 2008, from the University of Pittsburgh and her M.F.A in Creative Writing in 2011, from Carlow University. Her first chapbook, Leaving the Tree,… Read More

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“Poem for a Daughter” by Anne Stevenson

By On May 14, 2017

"Anne Stevenson is one of the most remarkable poetic voices to have emerged on either side of the Atlantic in the last fifty years. Her work covers an impressively wide range— from… Read More

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“Fermi’s Paradox” by John Foy

By On May 10, 2017

John Foy’s poems have appeared in the Swallow Anthology of New American Poets, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Hudson Review, The Yale Review, American Arts Quarterly, Alabama Literary Review, The Dark Horse,… Read More

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“Exercise in Defining by Negative Example” by Virginia Beards

By On April 18, 2017

Virginia Beards draws from an archive of urban (New York, Philadelphia), suburban (Seattle), rural (Lancaster County, PA), and international experience (Denmark, France, North Africa), plus a considerable literary backlog acquired as a… Read More

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“Resurrection” by F.R. Scott

By On April 16, 2017

"One of the most important catalysts of modern Canadian poetry," - Sandra Djwa… Read More

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“Station” by Ishion Hutchinson

By On April 11, 2017

Ishion Hutchinson is a current Guggenheim Fellow in poetry. He is the author of two poetry collections, House of Lords and Commons and Far District. Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, he moved… Read More

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“The Donkey” by G.K. Chesterton

By On April 9, 2017

"In his obituary, T. S. Eliot alluded to GKC’s capacity for 'first-rate journalistic balladry,' and this high praise I think almost insufficient, because it understates his magic faculty of being unforgettable." -… Read More

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“Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” by Anton Yakovlev

By On April 4, 2017

Anton Yakovlev’s latest poetry collection is Ordinary Impalers (Kelsay Books, 2017). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Hopkins Review, Prelude, Measure, and elsewhere. The Last Poet of the Village,… Read More

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“Island” by Rick Mullin

By On March 29, 2017

Rick Mullin’s poetry has appeared in various journals, including American Arts Quarterly, Epiphay, Measure, The Raintown Review, The New Criterion, and Rabbit Ears: Poems About TV. His new collection, Transom, was published… Read More

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“Map Song” by Kat Hayes

By On March 21, 2017

Kat Hayes is an English instructor at Eastern University. Her poem "Map Song" originally appeared in Cimarron Review. Her poetry has also appeared in Nimrod and Off the Coast. … Read More

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“Sea Canes” by Derek Walcott

By On March 18, 2017

“As a member of the great Nobel-winning poetic generation that included Brodsky and Heaney, he did as much or more than anyone to win the global respect for Caribbean writing that it… Read More