September 24, 2021

Magritte’s Aerial Imagination

by Kimmo Rosenthal Everything comes alive when contradictions accumulate.   —Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space …no such combination of scenery exists as the painter of genius may produce.  —Edgar Allan Poe, The Domain of Arnheim René Magritte’s genius lies in his ability to transcend and subvert artistic convention in order to envision a hitherto unimaginable […]

Cora’s Kayak

by Cari Oleskewicz Cora’s kayak is balanced on top of Andy’s compact car. From my seat on the passenger side, I watch its pointy yellow tip, imagining it flying off the roof like a javelin. This kayak has been a fixture at Andy’s house for the entire three-and-a-half years of our relationship. It is faded […]

You Turn Me On!

by Alan Swyer Some of our greatest music was created in strange ways. A Ray Charles classic came to life when the manager of a theater feared that the audience would tear out the seats if Ray, who’d run out of material, didn’t take the stage again. Instructing his band to follow his lead, Ray […]

Review of Damaged Heritage, The Elaine Race Massacre and A Story of Reconciliation by J. Chester Johnson (with Foreword by Sheila L. Walker)

Damaged Heritage, The Elaine Race Massacre and A Story of Reconciliationby J. Chester Johnson https://www.jchesterjohnson.com/Pegasus Books, ISBN, 9781643134666 Call It By Its Name by Melinda Thomsen            My copy of J. Chester Johnson’s Damaged Heritage arrived on May 27th, the day after reports of George Floyd’s murder at the knee of a police officer. I finished […]

The Wholly Separate Sides

by Andrew Sarewitz New Year’s Eve, 2013. Early, around 9:30 p.m., I sauntered into the bar in Hell’s Kitchen as if I belonged there—which I suppose I felt I did. My brother-in-crime and owner of the bar, Sasha, hugged me hello. With the crowd being far from overflowing, he was concerned the lack of cash-carrying […]

Review of Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America’s Poets Respond to the Pandemic Edited by Alice Quinn

Edited by Alice QuinnAlfred A. Knopf, 2020, 184 pages, $27.00ISBN 978-0-593-31872-0 by Rachael Warmington                       In the Introduction to the anthology of poems, Together in a Sudden Strangeness, Alice Quinn observes that these poets are from across America and “the landscapes and events they are experiencing” are reflected in their poems (xvii). This is apparent in […]

Review of Said No One Ever by Gregory Crosby

by Pamela L. Laskin                      Gregory Crosby’s latest collection of poetry, Said No One Ever, is a nostalgic journey back through popular culture, music, art, form, birth and transformation as he explores the ghosts and the music of language. Ghosts since so many people Crosby has known and loved have died, and the way he keeps them […]

The Kaddish of Pandemic

by Judy Bolton-Fasman I read the obituaries of those who have died in the pandemic, and say many of their names softly before I recite the five paragraphs of the Kaddish—the Jewish prayer of mourning. A new day, a new set of names. I make my way through the prayer’s chewy Aramaic, memorializing the lives […]

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