September 25, 2022

Imagining Ethel

by Alice Lowe 1. Lena Gart was born on September 14, 1915. Esther Ethel Greenglass was born exactly two weeks later, on September 28. Both were daughters of early 20th-century Jewish immigrants, both of their mothers from Galicia, then a Polish/Russian border region now part of Ukraine. One raised in New York’s Lower East Side, […]

Catalogue of Things Buried in Your Neighbors’ Yard

by Peter Soucy I. purple swing Early visits to Ian and Cullen’s included lifting up pieces of their bluestone walkway to look for stashes of red-backed and blue-spotted salamanders. Your mom never let your brother and you get a dog, so reptiles and amphibians were the only living things you liked to touch. Their slime […]

Are We Artists? Or Fundraisers?

by Christopher Hirschmann Brandt Since I began working with Medicine Show Theatre, and ever more since the deaths of the company’s two founders in 2003 and 2015, the job that has brought me the greatest amount of tzuris is writing grant applications. I can’t say that’s taken the most time, since building sets, maintaining the […]

Cover Story

by Margo Taft Stever Many poems in my chapbook, The Lunatic Ball (Kattywompus Press, 2015) and my following full-length collection, Cracked Piano (CavanKerry Press, 2019) delve into the definition of sanity, and both collections include several found poems created from letters written by my great grandfather Peter Rawson Taft when he was institutionalized at the […]

Lady Vanessa

by Andrew Sarewitz I finished Michelle Obama’s autobiography. It took me the summer. That’s not a statement on the quality of the memoir. I haven’t been finding enough time to read. After placing Becoming in my claw footed ebony and glass library, I went to one of the piles of dormant, unread books that crowd […]

The Arrivals, NYC, 1951: from, Daughters of the Stone

by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa By the time the plane landed at Idlewild International Airport in New York City, the children had fallen asleep out of pure exhaustion and Elena was totally drained. As hard as she had tried to arrive at their new home in their best clothes and brightest smiles, a six-hour flight with a […]

POETRY AND THE POLITICS OF AIRY NOTHING

by Robert Klein Engler “Blue Head” Painting by Robert Klein Engler During the waning days of the Republic, with so many political scandals in the news and the advent of a fundamental change in America advanced by a fabricated president, it may seem trivial to ask, “What is the role of American poetry in the […]