In the wake of her new collection, Away, we reached out to poet Jenna Wysong Filbrun to find out more about her motivations and process.
Jerrice J. Baptiste – Spicy Buddha
With Zen-like simplicity, poet Jerrice J. Baptiste invites us to a seat at her table with the delectable "Spicy Buddha".
Deborah Schwartz – Brother
Deborah Schwartz's "Brother" is a poem yearning and pleading for connection, amidst the background notes of time slipping ceaselessly by.
Mike Christie – Knock Knock Knock
A narrative of a woodpecker at work on a tree expands to the oneness of all things in Mike Christie's "Knock Knock Knock".
John Paul Caponigro – Test for Echo
John Paul Caponigro's "Test for Echo" is an ode to connection and communication in a world that feels as disconnected as ever.
Nicole Grace – One Note
Nicole Grace's "One Note" is a sensory exploration of contemplation, alive with natural and meditative imagery.
Nathaniel Grayson – Some Distant Island
Melancholic and visceral, poet Nathaniel Grayson's "Some Distant Land" takes an unflinching look at faith, connection, and the places we find ourselves.
Xiaoly Li – Light Breaks the Barrier
In the quiet hush of morning, poet Xiaoly Li highlights connection and harmony among opposing forces, even while a storm looms in the near future.
Spence Pfleiderer – A Simple Morning Prayer
The aptly-named A Simple Morning Prayer pleads for understanding and love, for connection and illumination in a handful of terse lines. This piece is evidence that a poem need not be complex or long-winded to be a thing of authentic beauty and power.
June Jordan – Poem for a Young Poet
A poem expressing the desire for love and connection, going deeper into the shared essence of being that underlies difference.