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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.
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
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
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