Weekend Rumpus Roundup


First, b: william bearheart shares a heart-wrenching and lyrical Saturday Essay on suicide, the struggle against depression and anxiety, and the role of poetry as an effective medicine. Hope and a hidden spirituality imbue a cliff, the site of many tragic suicides, with a complexity that lingers with the author.

And in the Sunday Interview, Laurie Easter talks to Pushcart Prize nominee Jericho Parms about her essay collection, Lost Wax. The sculptural method of wax casting provides a framework for the book. Working in a museum, Parms says, enhanced her relationship with art. She adds: “I’m most drawn to the idea that something is lost in order for something else to emerge. Similarly, there is often an element of beauty that must be spent in order for a new beauty to be revealed.”

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 →