Weekend Rumpus Roundup


To start, love gets metaphorically steam cleaned by Grant Snider.

Brandon Hicks adds his two cents with “The Hierarchy” of artistic and literary achievement.

Meanwhile, Oliver Bendorf experiments with line and repetition in “Both/Both” and joy greets Katherine Ossip in “Innocence: A Memoir,” both part of our National Poetry Month series. Check back daily for a new, original poem.

Chloe Schildhause uses the Saturday Essay to offer a light-hearted elegy for the late Parks and Rec writer Harris Wittels. The could-have-been bumps somewhat jarringly into the sad reality when Schildhause develops a crush on the memory of a complicated comic.

Finally, in the Sunday Essay, Kelly Sundberg focuses on poppy flowers—”fire followers, they germinate in the aftermath of destruction.” The poppies that grow in the empty lot where a neighbor’s house once stood provide Sundberg with a lens for examining the redemptive and transformational aspects of love and loss. She writes:

“I am not only an accumulation of my wounds… I am the beating red heart at the end of the vein. I am the fire. I am the poppies.”

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 →