Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi discusses her new novel, SAVAGE TONGUES.
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I hope, by writing this, language can jar a wound. ...more
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Kimberly Grey discusses her new collection, SYSTEMS FOR THE FUTURE OF FEELING.
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Kyle McCarthy discusses her debut novel, EVERYONE KNOWS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU.
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When we begin life, language is play. ...more
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Poets Denise Newman and Hazel White discuss their most recent collaborative project, Biotic Portal, how they initially met, and loving their garden’s “outlaws.”
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Rosalie Moffett discusses her new collection
June in Eden, writing humor in poetry, using contemporary references, and trying to understand the world. ...more
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The individuality of body horror is its signature attribute. Nothing is more intimate than one’s own body, and by extension, one’s own physical suffering. ...more
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Anxiety disorients me from inside. My heart moves so erratically I’m afraid it will give out, my breath so staggered I have to remind myself to take in air. ...more
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In some of my fantasies, I make a pitch for art or for truth, defend them like commodities. ...more
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I never recoiled, in that first season, to hear the nice people on the bus say “beautiful baby,” to us in reverent tones. It’s a thanksgiving for safe passage, a prayer for all new defenseless things. But after a few months have passed … faint suggestions of the adult visage emerge. … And if you have […]
“One of the things that has seduced people into giving up on their own actions is the claim of emergency—the government will often make the spurious claim that because certain things require very fast action, there is no time for ordinary processes of deliberation and thinking, and therefore we have to abridge our normal protocols. […]