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    Issue 58 | Jan-Mar 2019

    Matthew Jakubowski on Ksenia Buksha, Tanya Larkin on parenting in public, Janet McCann on Julio César Aguilar, and rethinking Chaucer

    The Poetry of Julio César Aguilar

    Poet, translator, editor, director of poetry projects, and professor at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, Julio César Aguilar was born in Ciudad Guzmán, Mexico, in 1970. He is the author…

    The Path

    On your left, says a cyclist, the pedestrians shifting to the side like slow schools of fish. Always the grandparents and the parents, the little one in the stroller, the…

    Party On: An experimental review of Ksenia Buksha’s Freedom Factory

    It was a surprisingly hilarious novel, a bubbling pot of big personalities, forty short chapters bursting with historical detail, wit, and Communist Party nostalgia.

    Chaucer was more than English: he was a great European poet

    In 2013, a Prospect magazine profile of the UKIP leader Nigel Farage described the Brexiteer’s party in Chaucerian terms: UKIP is indeed a rag-tag bag … of cussed, contrary, wilful,…

    The gay-suicide stereotype kills gay people, and must end

    Friedrich Alfred Krupp, heir to the mammoth Krupp armaments business and the wealthiest man in Germany, committed suicide on 22 November 1902. Only a week before, a socialist newspaper had…

    Conversations: Heidi Seaborn and Martin Ott

    “My goal is to reach people who never read poetry, to start a conversation where they see a place for poetry in their lives.”

    Torn in the sky: on Ilya Kaminsky and Shane McCrae

    In Deaf Republic, Ilya Kaminsky connects our current era to a place and time that feels Soviet, although familiar. The book is a narrative with dramatis personae—townspeople, an unborn child,…

    Gillian Cummings

    Chameleon Poet: The Owl Was a Baker’s Daughter, by Gillian Cummings

    In selecting her manuscript for the 2018 Colorado Prize forPoetry, John Yau praises Gillian Cummings using a phrase from Keats, calling her a “cameleon Poet.” Cummings has written two prize-winning…

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