“Leave People.”

June 9, 2015
You have given yourself your word and there is no retracting it. Leave people. If to get the solitude that is necessary you must go into a washroom, go there, lean against the wall and write. Write as you write in the morning, anything at all. Write sure or unsure, hurriedly or blank verse; write what you think of your employer or your secretary or your brother; write a short story synopsis or a fragment of dialogue or a description of someone you have recently noticed.

— Louise Bogan

From Louise Bogan’s “Managing The Unconscious,” in A Poet’s Prose

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Contributor Interview: John Poch

June 3, 2015

This is the first interview in a new series between our contributors and Outreach and Interviews Editor Brian Kornell.  John Poch’s poem, “Learned Looks,” appears in our Spring 2015 issue. John is a professor of English at Texas Tech University. His fourth book, Fix Quiet (2014), won the New Criterion Prize.   – Brian Kornell: What draws you to write poetry? – John Poch: The love of language. …

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Impossible Heap: Thoughts on Speedboat

June 2, 2015

SPEEDBOAT, by Renata Adler Reviewed by Mike Nagel Speedboat came to me at a time when the narrative of my own life was unraveling. I would roll the book up in my back pocket and read it in this little park across the street from my apartment. Haggard Park. I would read by the concrete pond. I remember it being hot so it must have …

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News: 2015

April 16, 2015

Over the past three years we have grown to publish more authors, a larger variety of work, and a print issue that we are very proud of. We hope to continue to become, necessarily, more inclusive and more frequent, and to continue to discern among work that is uniform only in its quality. We welcome Robert Long Foreman as our new Fiction Editor. His essay …

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Announcing our Pushcart Prize Nominations for 2012

December 7, 2012

By now you probably know that Issue 2 is available for sale on our website! If not, please visit our Contributors page and purchase the issue as a PDF or pre-order the print version, which is printed in San Francisco and ships on January 5th. I am pleased to announce our Pushcart Prize nominees for 2012. Fiction “Drifting Fortunes” (which you can read in its …

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What Makes Good Fiction: Mark Slouka’s “The Crossing,” A Study In Suspense

March 1, 2012

Before you read this post, read Mark Slouka’s story “The Crossing” in the Paris Review. Slouka manages to employ an unusual level of suspense and tenderness in this story. Admittedly, the plot and the situations of the story – a rushing river, a father eager to please his small son, a divided family – are already given to suspense and tenderness. But what is it that makes the …

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