Picture of a white door

Disorder

FARAH ALI
Early one morning, when the sky was still dark, Annie locked herself in her room. She turned the key three times, then went to her bed and opened a book. At half past seven, her mother knocked on her door and told her to get up. Annie didn’t appear.

A plane flies over a city at night

Who Writes the Arabian Gulf?

NOOR NAGA
I have dreamt of this Arabian Gulf Portfolio ever since I was a teenager, writing about snow and squirrels and picket fences—despite living in Dubai where I had more experience with temperatures of 40+ degrees, karak chai, compounds… Because English was my first language...

Image of objects under shards of broken glass.

Dey

STEPHANIE DINSAE
A young child, I was privy to hearing this word / in my household, around my uncle and his friends / reminiscent of his schoolboy youth. / A part of a pidgin I could never participate in / for fear that the broken English might / have too much of an essence...

Headshot of Ralph Sneeden

Fugues, Evidence, and Arguments: A Poet Finds His Way

RALPH SNEEDEN
In this interview, Ralph Sneeden traces his journey as a poet and essayist, avoiding the destructiveness of being pigeonholed, the inherent politicality of landscapes, and drawing from a pool of resources and poetic techniques.

Image of Black Lives Matter written on the ground with dry flowers and a picture of George Floyd.

Delete/Recover

AKWE AMOSU
You can put your faith / in a book, pray from it, place it / under a sick child’s pillow, press / flowers between the leaves, / affirm love for the living, be / in the swim of things, learn / what is human from its pages / and become that. The book / will restore you, / reciprocate.

All Morning the Crows

Review: All Morning the Crows by Meg Kearney

HOWARD LEVY
While the poems do not make much of birds’ migratory behaviors, this book charts the migration of this woman poet/speaker from an unknowable and loss-filled world to a world of love and serenity and song.

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