Weekend Rumpus Roundup


First, Julie Marie Wade points to Tod Marshall’s skillful use of call and response in his new poetry collection, Bugle. The theme of mortality punctuates this “fierce” and “stunning” book. Marshall’s speaker, Wade writes, “contemplates what we think we know about nature, music, human frailty, and human triumph.”

Meanwhile, The Internet is “the great, depressing equalizer,” admits writer and collaborator Jacob Wren. In the Saturday Interview, Arielle Bernstein talks to the multi-disciplinary artist about his latest novel, Polyamorous Love Song, and the difference between illusory and real opportunities created by modern technology. “When I, as an artist, post something [online],” Wren adds, “it is essentially no more or less important than anything anyone else might post.”

Then, innovative artist Judy Chicago’s work becomes the central focus of the Sunday Essay by Anna Leahy. Chicago’s symbolic series, The Dinner Party, captivates Leahy to the point that she fails to return the book version of the series to the library. Chicago’s unwavering dedication to her craft provides inspiration and the impetus to look closely at the gender inequities that still haunt the art world today.

Read more of Max Gray at Big City Sasquatch or follow him on Twitter @City_Sasquatch. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Encounters, Mount Hope, Conte, tNY.press, and English Kills Review. He co-hosts the etymology podcast Words For Dinner and is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program. More from this author →