Finalist for the 2018 Pangaea Prize

Sometimes you send a pack of poems out, and a year goes by. You forget. Editors are busy, you’re busy. You keep sending the work elsewhere. I don’t normally inquire after a submission. Though, one time I did and got a lovely rejection from the Gettysburg Review, whose editors said that while my poems weren’t…

Two Poems Published in Lovejets

“On the bicentennial of Whitman’s birth and the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, over 80 poets pay homage to not only Walt Whitman, but also to queer poets and queer poetry and the vast and various events, revolutions public and private, that have shaken our world since 1819.” I am proud and grateful that editor Raymond…

Tuesday Review: Marjorie Maddox’s Wives’ Tales

In an effort to keep me on track with some promises and with my desire to read and review more poetry, here’s a new feature for you, Tuesday Reviews. There will be at least two kinds—the first we’ll call traditional reviews, hopefully with links to full reviews published elsewhere. The second sort will be the…

A & A Sample: Stafford and “Stray”

Sometimes when a poem gives birth to another poem, we honor the original poet in the title. It may even be titled the same but with “After Robert Frost,” or whomever, tagged on. Other times the new work calls for a different title altogether, but the original poet is recognized in an epigraph, a quote…