A compendium of pungent and poignant biographical narratives of numerous so-called witches, The Witch of Eye is difficult to put down. ...more
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Erin Belieu discusses her new collection, COME-HITHER HONEYCOMB.
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Find and replace. Food for alcohol. Daughter for dad. ...more
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Savannah Sipple discusses her debut collection, WWJD AND OTHER POEMS.
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My blackness, like my gender, was a sin. ...more
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Place is context in part, but it is not context in summation. ...more
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My voice begins to crack so I clear my throat. I look at each one of the girls one by one. The heat in me rises. My skin feels like the Texas pavement in July. ...more
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Colorado’s Baby Doe Tabor was a bad ass. Born in 1854, ‘Lizzie,’ as she was known, bucked social norms of her day. In an era when silver miners believed it bad luck to even speak to a woman before descending into the mines, Lizzie worked alongside her male counterparts in the damp, dark underground caverns. […]
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I am fixated by this detail of the bread and beans because it strikes me that Coetzee’s prose might itself be described as “bread and beans” writing: short, declarative sentences, with a fairly simple vocabulary. ...more
André Alexis discusses his latest book
The Hidden Keys, puzzles, chance, divinity, and the Toronto literary community. ...more
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For Mother, two worlds—earth we inhabit together, then the hot, heavenly body of euphoria and speed. Often, Mother exists in the tear between these worlds, belonging nowhere, to no one. ...more
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Dear John, I, like so many other Americans, spent the past weeks worrying, crying, and searching for the people around me that I loved so they could be beacons when I felt most battered. I did not seek you out, did not call or text you, did not respond to your victory message because I […]
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the roosters brace their cruel feet and glare // with stupid eyes / while from their beaks there rise / the uncontrolled, traditional cries. ...more
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I once heard the only thing faster than the speed of light is the speed of thought, and I wonder if simply thinking about Sawyer’s sister until my head hurts could get us to the place we fear talking about. ...more
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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Shane McCrae about his new book
The Animal Too Big to Kill, listening to music while writing, addressing God in poetry, and The Oak Ridge Boys. ...more
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In Seattle, there were more white-boy Rastafarians from the suburbs than people lining up to become Jesuits. Normal was nowhere in sight. ...more
Robert Repino talks about his debut novel,
Mort(e), the publishing industry, science fiction and literary fiction, writing about religion, and how to write about complex chemical ant languages. ...more
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You may have seen, over the weekend, an exceedingly squirm-worthy video in which a Fox News correspondent grills religious historian and scholar Reza Aslan about why he’s written a book about Jesus despite being Muslim (completely ignoring his credentials, not to mention the fact that Jesus is a holy figure in Islam).
Rest in peace. RIP. That’s what we say when someone dies. So this Jesus dude in the Bible resurrects some people according to the gospels. One of the privileged to come back from the dead was Lazarus. Lazarus was in his tomb and all of his family wept. Jesus asked them to pull the stone […]
I keenly remember the day my Grandmother died. My parents picked me up early from afterschool care and before I could ask why, my Mother said “We’re going to your Grandfather’s house.” I asked, “Don’t you mean Grandmommy’s house?” My Mother barely replied, “Your Grandmother died, it’s your Grandfather’s house now.”
Too much revelation at your indie fest? Too much Jesus? Shut up, naysayer. I want more.
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For Mary Miller’s characters, the world is anything but big. These are women trapped in little towns and little lives, but the emotional resonance is limitless.