It should seem as if they [poets] considered prose as a sort of waiting-maid to...– William Hazlitt, “On the Prose-Style of Poets”
A prize poem is like a prize sheep. The object of the competitor for the...– Thomas Macaulay, “On the Royal Society of Literature”
In Our Next Issue: Thomas Larson
Our fall issue, to appear at the end of this month, features Thomas Larson’s essay “The Saddest Music Ever Written.” It narrates the ascendance of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings to the status of one of the most often-used musical scores for news reports of national tragedies. Here is an excerpt: Of my parents’ generation, their darkest national moment, after the surprise attack on Pearl...
In Our Next Issue: Christopher Wall
Our next issue features an essay by Christopher Wall, “Look Down, Don’t Look Down.” It describes the phenomenon of suicide contagion, in the context of a string of suicides by jumping at NYU. Here is an excerpt: That previous fall, at the end of my second week teaching at NYU, an undergraduate named John Skolnik jumped from the tenth-floor balcony in Bobst Library, where I taught, down onto the...
In Our Next Issue: Michael White
Our fall issue, to be released at the end of this month, features nonfiction by Michael White. “Bard of the Bottle” is a memoir of White’s friendship with poet and mentor Tom McAfee, during McAfee’s last years and his rapid decline from alcoholism and cancer. Here is an excerpt: My real education as a writer was in this odd fashion, with a dying poet. At closing time for the bar, Tom and I had an...
Our Fall Issue
We have a next issue coming soon - to be released at the end of this month. Its title/theme is “Shadows” and its contents include, but are not limited to: - An essay review of collections by women poets, by Jacqueline Kolosov. The poets reviewed are Sarah Kennedy, Frannie Lindsay, Sara London and Rebecca Foust. - An essay by Christopher Wall on suicide contagion - An excerpt from...