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Oh, But I Insist

Layla Benitez-James

Lately I have been thinking about urgency and insistence in poetry; about those moments where the poet really reaches through the page and grabs the reader by the collar. Often these are moments when the writer seems to become obsessed with some idea…


The Top 16 Sexiest Lit Mag Covers in the Last 6 Years

Karyna McGlynn

AWP is a few weeks away and, despite my well-documented anxieties about the whole shebang, I'm particularly looking forward to the book fair this year. When I'm not hunkered down at the Gulf Coast table hawking our new "Sexy Lady" issue, I'll be scouring…


I'm Good, I'm Gone: Lykke Li, Looking Back, and the Culture of Loss

Elizabeth Lyons

Alone in my apartment, I still prefer to listen to music on my iPod. There's something about the immersive experience of music through headphones. There's something about the way I can sing along and not have to hear my voice as I do so. Perhaps it's…


Who Is Sylvia? What Is She?

Patrick Clement James

I used to love ghost stories, back when death didn't seem so real. When I was young, my dad often took my brother and I camping. At night we sat around the fire, roasting marshmallows, and he told us about monsters, aliens, and ghosts. We lived in New…


Love, Power, and the New Majority

David Tomas Martinez

As all of our worlds grow a little smaller, the monopolization of less influential cultures by more dominant ones accelerates us toward one culture. While other countries lean toward a more polylinguistic society in their educational system, in America…


Creating Your Own Cult out of Poetry

Caitlin Maling

I watch a lot of ridiculous television. Normally of the very-attractive-young-people-pining-after-other-very-attractive-young-people type, with diversions along the way from people who think they can sing/dance/sew things, but are really just there for…


Of Fungi, Culture, Ignorance, and Obsession's Fertile Ground

Sam Mansfield

One occupational hazard of writing is finding yourself frequently susceptible to strange obsessions. You might argue writers depend upon them. One of my latest is fungi and mushrooms, and I freely admit: that is a pretty weird fixation to have, if not…


An Indie Bookstore By Any Other Name

Zachary Martin

Last week I had one of those book-shopping experiences that are becoming rarer by the day: I walked into a bookstore; I asked the bookseller for help finding a title; the bookseller led me to the book on the shelf, no computer search needed; and then…


On Playing Dead

Will Wilkinson

In an address to the 2012 Whiting Award winners, later republished in The New Yorker, Jeffrey Eugenides takes as his theme a piece of advice Nadine Gordimer once offered Christopher Hitchens: "A serious person should try to write posthumously." Hitchens…


And, Occasionally, Poetry

JSA Lowe

Ah, the dreaded occasional poem: feared by high-school bards, bane of poets laureate worldwide, secretly abhorred by all writers with patrons for a very, very, very long time. Graduations, inaugurations, coronations--occasions of state such as result…