March/April 2014

And, Lovely, Learn by Going: Sestina and Villanelle—Poetry’s Lovely Ugly Sisters

Lucinda Roy
It's hard to lie or equivocate in a villanelle, hard to temper your statements with the conditional.

Making Sense of a Sense of Place

Cynthia Neely
"Place" is difficult to fence into just one definition. It could be defined as a landscape that is historically, culturally, or personally important—and, to a writer, it could be literal, imaginary, or metaphorical.

An Interview with Richard Bausch

Sarah Anne Johnson
There seems too much emphasis on the workshop manuscript as if the whole enterprise were some sort of main chance. And there could never be anything so horrible as a story getting beat up in workshop.

Je Suis Ein Americano: The Genius of American Diction

Tony Hoagland
English is fantastically elastic and adroit. We possess so many alternative options for naming that our available expressive range is vast. Each synonym carries different implications, or connotations, of relative high and low, of attitude, formality, distance, and inflection.

An Interview with Wanda Coleman

Natasha Sajé
If I find a newspaper item dealing with someone who happens to be black, or [with] a racial issue, and I find that it’s not the truth because the proper context is lacking, that context becomes material for my poem.

Knocking the World Askew

Amy Hassinger
Is it worth choosing a weird word just to get a reaction? It seemed to me that such a method could verge on disingenuous: you might end up misrepresenting reality purely for the shock value.

Is and Isn’t: Literary Upheavals in the Post-Real Landscape

Chris Gavaler
Rather than witnessing the birth of a new genre, or the reshuffling of works previously claimed by older genres into a hybrid category, we have a tectonic event affecting the wider literary landscape.