Three black hens standing in a row behind a wire fence

Stickfast

JOHN KINSELLA
But maybe the fleas still had occasion to visit the toxic pit, the sump, and sample the cocktail of chemicals hustling over their iniquitous reactions. Maybe they were Frankenstein fleas, fleas with disturbing powers?

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The Poet in Rome: Richard Wilbur in Postwar Italy

ROBERT BAGG
Richard Wilbur first visited Rome with the American Fifth 
Army that liberated the city, just behind the fleeing Germans, on 5 June 1944. 
His division, in trucks, in jeeps, and on mobile artillery, followed the tanks into the southern outskirts of Rome.

Food

Imitation

JONATHAN FINK
The eating is like make-believe, a game / of imitation—sawdust pressed between / two hands becomes a pancake; soup pots steam / with buttons, leather. Call your mother’s name, / and she will search for food for you...

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Some Voice Has Spoken: an interview with Kirun Kapur

ISABEL MEYERS interviews KIRUN KAPUR
I love poems that tell stories, but I love poems that refuse (or try to refuse) to tell stories, too. Fragmentation, association, pure sound, silence—I’m compelled by all of these methods of organizing a poem. In fact, I use all of these methods, even inside a poem that tells a story.

Restaurant

At Dinner the Lady We Are with Makes a Joke about Mosquito-Borne Illness

SARAH CARSON
Someday we might also be that woman, or another woman, two women not on this side of the locked door, trying to contain ourselves, to keep the world inside the walls we’ve imagined hold us in. But tonight we are here. Tonight we are so unbelievably us. Tonight we are going to be just fine.

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Friday Reads: September 2017

DIANA BABINEAU, SARAH WHELAN, SOPHIE MURGUIA
Alive with war cries, sizzling bacon, and jingling dimes, News of the World is a perilous wagon ride through Reconstruction Texas.

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