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Getting to Know Brad Rose & His New Books, Momentary Turbulence and de/tonations

Getting to Know Brad Rose & His New Books, Momentary Turbulence and de/tonations

“I think prose poems are more approachable, more “democratic,” than much of lineated contemporary poetry because of their ease of reading. Even people who don’t like poetry can approach a prose poem, or micro fiction, because these look like almost everything else they read.  I think the unassuming appearance of prose poems adds to their disruptive and startling moments.”

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Zia Pollis’ “Moon’s Milk, Lion’s Milk”

Zia Pollis’ “Moon’s Milk, Lion’s Milk”

Moon’s Milk, Lion’s Milk by Zia Pollis I. Moon’s Milk For years I believed I was the furthest daughter from the son. An alien body, a broken orb in rotation around a more sacred center. My father, the Jupiter King, the Purple God, raised a storm of love in our shaking...

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Meet the November U35 Readers

Meet the November U35 Readers

Quintin Collins What is most important to your writing process? The most important part of my writing process is letting the poems do their thing. From the title to the final word, I have to let the groove guide the intellect. Otherwise, I fail the poem. The pandemic...

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Joyce Peseroff’s “A Visit to the Smash Room”

Joyce Peseroff’s “A Visit to the Smash Room”

A Visit to the Smash Roomby Joyce PeseroffDonated TVs, microwaves,printers, trophies, vases on tables. Baseball bats and mauls ready by the wall. $50/hr to playwith your boyfriend or alonewhen it’s hard to be a goodMom during the workday, gas up the...

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Getting to Know Cammy Thomas & her new book Tremors

Getting to Know Cammy Thomas & her new book Tremors

When did you first encounter poetry?  How did you discover that you wanted to write poems? The first time I remember poetry making a deep impression on me was when I had the measles at age eight. My mother had them along with me, and we lay in her bed with...

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Ellen Steinbaum’s “Summer 2021 Cicadas”

Ellen Steinbaum’s “Summer 2021 Cicadas”

Summer 2021 Cicadas Ellen Steinbaum They’re my last cicadas, though who can be sure, of course. Given my age and their infrequent outings,like scheduled comets and eclipses, they could be penultimate, but most likely my concluding swarm. Every seventeen...

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The Hard Work of Justice

The Hard Work of Justice

In light of recent events, this week’s issue of The Hard Work of Hope will be a little different. We are always trying to offer poems that meet the moment, and the current crisis in Haiti—along with its long history of instability and the United States’ involvement in...

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Meet the September U35 Readers

Meet the September U35 Readers

Elisa Rowe What is most important to your writing process? Doubt and wonder, equally.  What about you comes across most in your writing? Maybe my sensitivity? To emotions, experiences, objects, how my senses process the world and the way it shapes me in big and...

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Jill McDonough’s “Cindy Comes To Hear Me Read”

Jill McDonough’s “Cindy Comes To Hear Me Read”

Cindy Comes To Hear Me Read by Jill McDonoughCindy: not her real name. I met herin prison, and people in prison I givethe fake names. I taught her Shakespeare, rememberher frown, wide eyes, terror of gettingthings wrong. Her clear, arguable thesison Desdemona’s...

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