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32 Poems – Fall 2010

I have always loved the organizing principle of this little journal: thirty-two ways to write (or read) a poem:

I have always loved the organizing principle of this little journal: thirty-two ways to write (or read) a poem:

  1. Adam Vines – “Toilet Flowers” – the provocative title, the family narrative.
  2. Eric Thorgersen – “Back Then” – couplets that sound like a cool country song.
  3. Mark Wagenaar – “The Other World” – “And the other world He spoke of.”
  4. Christopher Bakken – “Amphitheater” – A metaphysical accomplishment.
  5. Cori A. Winrock – “W11 3HT” – I have no idea what this means, but the poem makes sense (“a many-layered haunting”).
  6. Chris Anderson – “Plow” – how farming makes a good poem.
  7. Luke Johnson – “Lobster” – A poem of slender couplets about aging the “bulldozed body.”
  8. Luke Johnson – “On Demolition” – A personal story, a universal perspective (“letting the light fade, forgetting the horizon”).
  9.  Lesley Wheeler – “Radiance” – “God told me and I did not listen.”
  10. Jennifer Militello – “Phobia” – Smart, painful couplets.
  11.  Michael Flatt – “Between the Sunset and the Screen” – “The hand of the auteur is heavy with method…”
  12.  Sioney Wade – “Late” – slender, narrow, two word couplets “and we brief / we rejoiced?”).

Okay. You get the idea. Thirty-two opportunities to remember why you love poetry. I especially loved “Chairs of the Twentieth Century” by Diana Smith and Stacy Kidd’s “Cordial Julep” (“Tell me again you know something / about dust”). The cover is an eerie, evocative skull design by Dirk Fowler—effective, haunting. 32 poems, 32 bones?
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