The Melody of Midwestern Drought: Joshua Robbins’ Praise Nothing
In “Washing in the Sangam,” Joshua Robbins writes, Son, through faith you’ve found this hunger answered even as I turn away in our ordinary house from the look of wonder in your face, the expression Christ must have had seeing Lazarus raised. His debut collection, Praise Nothing (University of Arkansas Press, 2013) is populated by this type of […]
Come back you are not better off without me.
In Julia Cohen’s luminous Triggermoon Triggermoon, we hover in the liminal space between the domestic and the dreamlike: “a nightgown soaked in milk” appears on the first page. This tension, this duality – between our physical and our otherworldly, spiritual selves; between self and other; between childhood and adulthood; even the duality within – holds […]
Dorothea Lasky Does What Poets Should Do
Thunderbird is Dorothea Lasky’s third book of poetry, but as a reader I am new to her. When a writer has built a manageable oeuvre I like to approach it as completely as possible, but I was not attracted to Lasky’s work by typical means. I enjoyed her poem “I Had a Man” in the […]
First Encounters: Sylvia Plath
“Every day from nine to five I sit at my desk facing the door of the office and type up other people’s dreams.” –Sylvia Plath, Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams My first encounter with Sylvia Plath was in Magers and Quinn; a book shop local to Minneapolis, MN. I was about to go […]