- Peter Croteau
Peter Croteau takes us on a journey through the sublime landscapes of his “Mountains” series in his interview with Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching.
- Chang Kyun Kim
Chang Kyun Kim discusses, with Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching, the detailed thinking and meticulous construction employed in making his Before Or After The Memory series.
View More: Photography
- Gratitude for Nothing
Responding to a friend’s poem and playing on the phrase “Thanks for Nothing,” Alan Shapiro offers an intricate song of praise to nothingness–”blind giver and dumb taker, / my stone deaf end / and origin, whom / I pretend / hears me pretend / to thank for being”–that is also an exquisite poem of gratitude for all the hunger that led to “this last, this / best love.” NEW!
“Anxious as seaweed, over the sides of the ships / creep hordes of trembling locators.” In this poem of seeking, Sumita Chakraborty summons ghosts and summons, too, words and weight crushing enough to pin them down.
- For Lynn, At Lake Nockamixon
“How is it we can go through / Our lives without being routed or sent // To madness,” asks Ernest Hilbert in this measured poem of gaping loss, “wild with all we want, / And filled to vastness with all we view?”
- Greenwood Cemetery
“I am trying to tell you in a foreign language / What everybody knows at home,” explains Destiny Birdsong. “I may well have been a worthless / Child, but my mother kept it to herself.” Out of violence and loneliness, in a sequence of elegies, she writes toward a place to belong.
View More: Poetry
- Farthing Street
“I lose words, become silent as a conservation of energy, stare at things as if they hold me upright,” writes essayist Trace Ramsey in this exploration of paternal postnatal depression and recovery. “Having a new child magnifies all of this to levels I never thought could exist.”
- A Magic of Bags
“Sometimes, she was sure of it: she would create no family, no children, nothing but herself.” A teenage misfit makes her way in Harlem in “A Magic of Bags,” a story from Mecca Jamilah Sullivanâ€™s forthcoming collection, Blue Talk and Love.
- The Long Life Hotel
“She felt an inklingâ€”just the faintest tingleâ€”then, of something gone wrong inside her; a small, vile thing, just beginning to grow.” A mother travels to Vietnam for a favorite son’s wedding in a story by Meaghan Mulholland.
- The Big Father Essay
“Whenever I peeked into his room at night, there he lay, open-mouthed, those frightening white feet kicked free of sheets.” Inspired by Joe Brainard, Jeff Oaks invents a form for generating truths.
View More: Prose
- Never So Much Seething: Twenty-Five Liner Notes and a Poem for Fugazi
“Punk, despite its DIY ethos and anti-authoritarianism, also found itself confronting the dark side of anarchismâ€”skinheads whose idea of a good time involved beating the shit out of people in mosh pits under the guise of dancing.” A look back at youth and Fugazi by Philip Metres.
- Scrawl–Punk Rock for Grown-Ups: A Retrospective
“. . . the history of women making rock music is a history of women finding ways to give those qualities feminist ends: ‘Rebel Girl, you are the queen of my world.’” Stephen Burt looks back at the grown-up punk of Ohio’s Scrawl.
- Notes for a One-Man-Show: An Interview with Chad VanGaalen
“â€¦so then I just pull the cap off my marker and start to draw so that’s what I’ve kinda been focusing on lately. At the end of the day I get a lot of ideas from my drawings for sure, for music, at least.” Musician and visual artist Chad VanGaalen talks pedal steel guitars and cartoons with At Length Magazine.
- Albums At Length: Death Cab for Cutie’s Transatlanticism: 10th Anniversary Edition
“Being a wordsmith has its own particular baggage that is perhaps a bit different from other avenues of artistic expression. Even a visual artist has the choice to go beyond representation, but most writers, to some degree, must rely on narrative.” Eric Gansworth looks back ten years after Death Cab for Cutie’s break-out album, Transatlanticism.
View More: Music
- Breaking the System: An Interview with Kristan Kennedy
Kristan Kennedy talks with us about making paintings that may be more at home draped on a chair than hung on a wall, being an artist in Portland, Oregon, and how Miley Cyrus makes great road trip music.
- Take This Quiz
Kristan Kennedy, Rebekka Moran, Adam Forrester, Kreh Mellick, and Jason Polan respond to our sensibility quiz composed from questions stolen from contemporary poems.
View More: Art