'Western Practice' by Stephen Motika

Western Practice (Alice James Books) is a homage to California and its artists, but it is also a movement of history and geography, and what the west has meant (and still means) to the writer. Packed with images of its bays and fowl, cities and bridges, hills and valleys, Stephen Motika (program director of the Poets… read more

‘The Obituary’ by Gail Scott

Montreal’s Mile-End neighborhood is famous as an artists’ haven, home to bands such as Arcade Fire and a multilingual writing community. It’s a hybrid zone of overlapping languages and ethnicities and the setting of Gail Scott’s fourth novel, The Obituary…. read more

‘Sea and Fog’ by Etel Adnan

The sea: perhaps the original literary symbol, embodying life, death, and endless change. The fog: mysterious, atmospheric, and sometimes deadly. Etel Adnan’s new collection, named for the elements on which it meditates, offers darkly contemplative verse pondering the contemporary human condition.

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Poetry Spotlight: Lambda Literary Award Winners

This week, enjoy a special double-feature Spotlight with work from the winners of the two poetry categories from this year’s Lambda Literary Awards: “femmes are film stars” from Love Cake by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (TSAR Publications), and “After a Line by Ted Berrigan” from A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos edited by David Trinidad (Nightboat Books)…. read more

'Discipline' by Dawn Lundy Martin

In the foreword of Dawn Lundy Martin’s new collection, Discipline (which is up for a 2012 Lambda Literary Award), Fanny Howe, who selected it for the 2009 Nightboat Poetry Prize, writes that Discipline “digs into the roots of our culture by entering its pivotal derangement” and that it’s “a courageous act of feeling…. a return of the rejected person… read more

'A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos' ed. by David Trinidad

During my senior year of college, as I was researching for my thesis on the poetic response to AIDS, I ran across Tim Dlugos’s “Retrovir” in Michael Klein’s anthology Poets for Life: 76 Poets Respond to AIDS. Immediately gut-checked and seduced by those few poems, I went searching for more Dlugos, which wasn’t exactly easy,… read more