Poetry

Poetry

“The Ice on the River” by Brookes Moody

13 April 2018 on Blog, Poetry

I’m always just             saying new things about waves— like how when ice forms on a river, despite the currents,          ...

Poetry

“Loading Zone” by Tara Deal

23 March 2018 on Blog, Poetry

There can be only one New York morning when you discover the gingko trees lose their leaves all at once, give up, make a mess. Velvet is elsewhere and then...

Poetry

I Stare at Passing Clouds (After Tu Fu) by George Freek

09 March 2018 on Blog, Poetry

I stare at passing clouds, above the quiet street. The evening is peaceful. Half drunk, I sway in the doorway. The moon lights the twilight sky. Stars glisten like leering...

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Magnetic Irony

23 February 2018 on Blog, Poetry, Storystorm

Future generations may define our period style by its pervasive sincerity. Irony is what's missing from much contemporary poetry. For example, the popular political poems are earnest, if angry, and...

Poetry

“A Brighter Light” by Nancy Christopherson

16 February 2018 on Poetry

After days in the drear rain and wind—sunlight, the sun comes up in a clear sky. It seems settled, then, a difficult argument of weather—the sun displays its wares. Simple...

Poetry

“Return No. 2” by Laurel Milburn

02 February 2018 on Blog, Poetry

We step outside an axis where the magnets scrape to a dry thinning spark. Things to do: Things to do to turn a nocturne to a waltz. Today is red....

The Writer's Hot Seat

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Fred Marchant

15 December 2017 on Blog, Poetry, The Writer's Hot Seat

Barnstorm reader Katie Brunero recently talked with poet Fred Marchant about his new collection of poetry, Said Not Said, guidance for new poets, technique versus craft, and the best revision advice he's...

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“To be Kissed” by Aran Donovan

01 December 2017 on Blog, Poetry

These arable lands To go quizzing about them in hoop skirt To melt humble in an avid sahara To piss, comrades in relief abandon Truly waffle, like a primary in...

The Writer's Hot Seat

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Lisa Olstein

10 November 2017 on Blog, Poetry, The Writer's Hot Seat

Lisa Olstein is the author of four poetry collections: Late Empire; Radio Crackling, Radio Gone, winner of the Hayden Carruth Award; Lost Alphabet, a Library Journal best book of the year selection; and Little Stranger, named a top...

Poetry

“For C. D. Wright” by John Sibley Williams

27 October 2017 on Blog, Poetry

                          John Sibley Williams is the editor of two Northwest poetry anthologies and the author of nine collections,...

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Beth Israel by Dara-Lyn Shrager

06 October 2017 on Poetry

The baby arrived with legs that swung out like doors set backwards on their hinges. Across from the building where he was born, another building to tell us he will...

Poetry

“Erratics” by Michael Lauchlan

22 September 2017 on Poetry

They’re erratics, a friend tells me, left by glaciers. I say they were left by a crew that dug up the sewers, but he’s unfazed. Before that, he says, way...

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