September 8th, 2014 | 6:00am


I believe New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I wont ever dare ask that question.

– Dylan Thomas
 

In my first months in New York City I rode in the back of taxicabs through Central Park thinking, When will this sink in? When will it feel like I know where I am. I didn’t think I was dreaming – rather, I felt the whole city was dreaming with me inside of it, a poppy-field illusion, a drug trip induced by hidden valves releasing an experimental hallucinogen. The city needed to pinch itself awake, collectively, and climb out of the hollow to find out what was really going on.

September 5th, 2014 | 6:00am

Image from the Amherst College Archives Flickr

In August 2013, Amherst College acquired one of the most comprehensive collections of books by Native American Indian authors ever assembled by a private collector. This collection, from Pablo Eisenberg, consists of about 1,500 books that include poetry, fiction, history, philosophy, and many other works. Even texts by some of the first Native American Indian writers to be published in their lifetimes, such as Samson Occom, William Apess, and Elias Boudinot, are a part of this vast collection. The Robert Frost Library seeks to show as much as possible of the history of Native American writing and philosophy in their exhibit: The Younghee Kim-Wait Pablo Eisenberg Native American Literature Collection.

reviewed by Sue Repko
September 4th, 2014 | 6:00am

The epigraph to Maria Hummel’s latest novel Motherland is a short poem of the same title by the German poet Rose Ausländer (in German “Mutterland”).
 

My Fatherland is dead
They buried it
In fire

I live
in my Motherland—
Word
 

—translation by Eavan Boland

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user Levilla Testi; Autumn in Amsterdam
September 3rd, 2014 | 6:00am

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user Levilla Testi; Autumn in Amsterdam

New York wraps itself
in pea coats.
The trees match the colors
of the taxis,
and the ramblings
of cell phones

become a strange new
human music 

Valerie Duff in Mexico City, 1979
September 1st, 2014 | 6:00am

Valerie Duff is the author of the poetry collection To the New World. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Prague Revue, Ploughshares, Blackbox Manifold, Poetry Northeast, AGNI, Gulf Coast, and Issue 07 of The Common. She is poetry editor of Salamander Magazine. Marni Berger and Valerie Duff spoke long distance this summer about Mexico City, Virginia, Boston, and writing poetry as if you’re sorting through a dream world.