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The Blue Word

Laura Christina Dunn summons memories of a beached whale and a lost love, wondering how much of how we live can be sustained.

selections from Holding Company

In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, Major Jackson uses a repeating form to make room for a roster of desires, as well as the craft they foster and fill.

The Residue of God & After the Waiting Room

In two new poems, Kimiko Hahn talks to one of Elizabeth Bishop’s best-known works and traces a history of beauty, investigation, authority and error reaching to the present.

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.