In the hushed lines of Christopher James' Cider, memories, and dreams, we are brought along with the narrator as he wanders an overgrown family orchard, remembers the past, and ponders the future.
Brandon McQuade's poem, 'Two Whiskies', is a melancholy narrative of the author's dream of a late friend.
Audre Lorde's 'A Litany for Survival' is a prayer for the marginalized, those living on the shoreline or on the 'constant edges of decision', whose forbidden loves occur in hidden places and times.
The first lines of A.R. Ammons Play are an exaltation of the freedom contained within demise and a call to 'yearn too high' and 'drill imagination through necessity.'
Fearing future outcomes should not stop us from pouring ourselves fully into today. As Jack Gilbert reminds us: 'Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.'
The anxieties of fatherhood and the tension of generational and racial dynamics weave through Gregory Pardlo's vibrant and dense poem, Raisin.
"To take somebody's adolescence away is to deny that person some of the closest looks at God's face that we ever get on this planet," said songwriter John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats in reference to his song The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton. The song is an ode to the integrity of adolescent ambitions,… Continue reading The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton – John Darnielle