National Poetry Month 2018
Maybe you have lines living in you. Maybe you’ve been walking around like the speaker in Maggie Smith’s “Good Bones”: “This place could be beautiful, / right? You could make this place beautiful.” Maybe you’ve been inspired by Isobel O’Hare’s erasures, and have an urge to address some things. Maybe you’ve woken up in the spiked night, with a line swimming out of the deep. Maybe you have a story to tell. Or, maybe you memorized Jericho Brown’s “Colosseum” and have been repeating to yourself: “I cannot locate the origin / Of slaughter, but I know / How my own feels, that I live with it / And sometimes use it / To get the living done . . .”
These poetic efforts have touched me in the last few months, in that strange trigonometry of language, chance, and seeking, that we readers and writers do. Brown’s lines resonated with me, brought me low, and offered something – if not quite comfort, then a kind of recognition.
Thank you poets – thank you for sharing your words, your language & imagery, your questions, and your ways of interacting with this beautiful & confounding world we inhabit. #NaPoMo makes April a month rich with posts & poetry & poets to read. The...
We are delighted to present this week’s selections from the Brain Mill Press Poetry Month Contest. We received many outstanding entries, from which these pieces by Paramita Vadhahong stood out. We hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we did. Poems by Paramita Vadhahong A...
Spotlight on the poetry of Wren Hanks and Tracy Mishkin.
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We are delighted to present this week’s selections from the Brain Mill Press Poetry Month Contest. Wonderful work keeps pouring in via our submission portal, and these pieces by Brittany Adames, Shirley Jones-Luke, Mira Martin-Parker, and Uche Ogbuji stood out. We’d...
Spotlight on The Matador Review and the work of poet Torrin Greathouse.
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Editors’ choice poems by Kwyn Townsend Riley and Courtney Felle
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