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The Fall 2019 issue features fiction by Jules Hogan, Kierstin Bridger, Tali Rose Treece, Buku Sarkar, and Whitney Collins; poetry by Emma Bolden, Emily Nason, Hannah Dow, Allison Blevins, John Saad, Derek Berry, January Pearson, Chanel Brenner, Kevin Coyne, Dorianne Laux, and more; an interview with Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar, and a book review of Keetje Kuipers's new collection. Plus, art by John Power.

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The Fall 2019 issue features the winners of the 2019 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest: April Sopkin, Carolyn Bishop, Brian Crawford, and Erica Plouffe Lazure. Also in this issue, find poetry by Emma Cairns Watson, Allison Adair, Liam Powell, and Rebecca Irene; nonfiction by Audrey Olivero and Raksha Vasudevan; and Caleb Tankersley in Decline/Accept. This issue’s one to watch is Colette Sartor who is interviewed by Anna Zumbahlen. Illustrations by Justin Burks.

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Issue 14 is jam-packed with goods, from a story about a life of addiction and imprisonment to a poem about rejecting the “old” of old age. Contributors include fiction by Sarah Enamorado, Anita Goveas, Don McLellan, Jessica Michael, Melissa Rosato, and Erin Cecilia Thomas; nonfiction by Bella Braxton, Margot Parmenter, Ellis Scott, and Emily Weber; and poetry by Terry Allen, David Appelbaum, Mark Bolsover, Charlie Brice, Kelly Canaday, German Dario, George Franklin, Matthew James Friday, Joan Gerstein, Alastair Hesp, Jasmine Ledesma, Robyn Maree Pickens, Kevin Ridgeway, Brad Rose, Natalie Schriefer, and John Yamrus. Plus art by nine artists, and two reviews by Charles Rammelkamp.

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New on Terrain.org this month: poetry by Kevin Miller, Patricia Caspers, Peter Kline, Katharine Coles, and Adam Chiles; nonfiction by Abby Dockter and David Rothenberg; and Rachel Sturges and Rob Carney in the “Currents” section.

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diode v12 n2 2019Volume 12 Number 2 of Diode Poetry Journal shows the variety of sources poets draw inspiration from, whether it’s musical artists, medical documentation, or other poets.

Lip Manegio draws from one of my longtime favorite musical artists—Death Cab for Cutie—in “you tell me about your childhood memories of death cab for cutie, and i imagine every future and past we will ever get to live through.” Using Death Cab song titles as a way to jump into each stanza and light, beautiful language, they create a new song for themselves and the person the poem is addressed to.

Charlie Clark turns to “I am the beast I worship,” a line from the song “Beware” by Death Grips as he conjures his own beast, one that “speaks vulgar French,” “his whole demeanor muscle-thick and pissed.” The piece reads like a slow burn, a fiery anthem.

“[Infect this page]” by Hadara Bar-Nadav is an erasure poem made from the drug information for the antibiotic Ceftriaxone. Bar-Nadav creates art through the dissection of medical text and examines both sickness and art, urging the reader to action, to “Infect,” “Inject,” and “Kill / your   need to / question / this / garbage      art.”

Both of John Allen Taylor’s poems draw inspiration from other poets. “The boy thinks of after,” is written after Laurie Lamon, and “Dear Friend,” is written after and for Brionne Janae. Not only were his poems enjoyable to read, but they also open a door to introduce readers to other poets they may not be familiar with.

The latest issue of Diode shows the many ways writers draw inspiration from the media they consume and offers its own inspiration to readers.

 

Review by Katy Haas

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