We Can Be Heroes


“Poems are made of words that live in bodies — bodies shaped by line breaks, and fixed forever in space, on the page. Picture a gymnast in relation to the trampoline, the invisible line between the two driven equally by unseen forces of gravity and the gymnast’s own strength. When a poem is read aloud, it is a moment of flight.”

We hope you’ve been supplementing your Olympics intake with some poetics, courtesy of the Los Angeles Review of Books. The LARB Poetic Olympic Team’s fourth round begins as Erika Meitner weaves poetry and trampoline, and A. Van Jordan brings Virgil to boxing.

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →