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Dark Adaptation: Milan, 1510-11

Da Vinci’s sketches of his stillborn child, still in utero, frame an expectant father’s thoughts on the desire for knowledge and the persistent expectation that something closer to the center remains to be seen. By David Hawkins.

Owl Wolf Ghost

A host of creatures stalks the outer reaches of intimacy as Paula Bohince conjures human and inhuman, natural and supernatural wills.


Craig Morgan Teicher responds to a lost job with a wide-ranging meditation on money, family, poetry, and responsibility, as well as the relationships that threaten to slip through the cracks.

In the Red Dress I Wear to Your Funeral

A spurned lover turns her grief into a virtuoso performance of vengeance, wit, and affection, aspiring to the moment when she can “step away free.” By Erin Belieu.

from Effacement

In an excerpt from her next book, Elizabeth Arnold weaves together medicine, history, and literature to evoke a body that is in and of the world.

Limbs Move Wind In

Kristina Jipson shifts perspectives through a series of overlapping poems that excavate rooms and reach into reflections.

from Critical Assembly

John Canaday tells the story of the world’s first nuclear weapons in the voices of the men and women who conceived them.

Bula Matari/ Smasher of Rocks

Tom Sleigh combines stagecraft, Conrad, family, nukes, colonialism, mythology, and more in a poem both intensely personal and astonishingly vast.

from A Night-Blue Stumble Of Gaslight

The adventures of L. M. Fish stretch across nearly a half-century of American history in a sequence that Tom Sleigh has praised as “an uncommonly intelligent, passionate, and tactile event.” By M. Reed Corey

Hydrology of California

Brenda Hillman‘s tour of California’s rivers invokes the future of poetry; addresses the likes of Wallace Stevens, Joni Mitchell and “crazy brenda”; and leads to a prayer that borrows from present joys.