Wildness both compels and repels. ...more
We can try to perform our inner lives, but we can’t actually reveal them. We can create a simulacrum, which is so much of what I see on social media, and that simulacrum is entertainment. It’s exciting because we all love the whiff of authenticity, and the more mediated our culture feels, the more we crave it, but we can’t actually give it away. We cannot actually break through the barrier of our individual aloneness. ...more
is a climate novel not because it contends with catastrophe, but because it shows that everydayness has a way of proceeding alongside disaster. ...more
Talking with Sequoia Nagamatsu about HOW HIGH WE GO IN THE DARK.
Kate Baer discusses her new poetry collection, HOPE THIS FINDS YOU WELL.
Tags: blackout poetry, COVID, COVID-19, erasure, erasure poems, erasure poetry, female friendships, feminist, friendships, George Floyd, I Hope This Finds You Well, Joanna Goddard, Kate Baer, Mary Oliver, misogyny, mommy blogger, motherhood, mothering, New York Times, pandemic, parenting, poems, poetry, revenge poems, Samantha Mann, Social Media, What Kind of Woman, zoom
Cynthia Dewi Oka discusses her new collection, FIRE IS NOT A COUNTRY.
Tags: Apocalypse, apocalyptic, Berkshires, Book Club, COVID, COVID-19, Cynthia Dewi Oka, fire, Fire Is Not a Country, ice, immigrant, immigrants, Indonesia, Inupiaq, Jean Genet, Kierkegaard, mothers, mothers and daughters, Northwestern University Press, NUP, pandemic, Papua, poems, poetry, poetry book club, pop culture, Questlove, religion, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, single motherhood, Single Mothers, the roots, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, The Thief’s Journal, Toni Morrison
I find beauty in being protected from danger. ...more
Tags: anxiety, Breonna Taylor, chronic fatigue syndrome, coronavirus, COVID, COVID-19, Flavor Flav, Flavor of Love, Freda Epum, Hanif Abdurraqib, Heather Christle, identity, intersectionality, pandemic, reality television, reality tv, Robin Boylorn, speculative nonfiction, television
Ryka Aoki discusses her second novel, LIGHT FROM UNCOMMON STARS.
Tags: 9/11, AIDS, AIDS crisis, AIDS epidemic, aliens, anti-Asian, Asian American, capitalism, COVID, COVID-19, Douglas Adams, Galaxy Quest, genre, genre fiction, LGBTQ, Light from Uncommon stars, Maylin Tu, Monty Python, musician, musicians, pandemic, patriarchy, queer, queer family, queerness, romance, Ryka Aoki, San Gabriel Valley, sci-fi, science fiction, sex work, space opera, Tor Books, trans, transgender, transwomen, trauma, trauma porn, violin
The faces of the students appeared one by one, both there and not. ...more
Tags: Andy Warhol, Art History, camera, cameras, Caravaggio, Confrontation at the Bridge, COVID, COVID-19, cubism, Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne, Frida Kahlo, George Floyd, Guernica, Jacob Lawrence, John Berger, Marxism, Marxist, online learning, pandemic, Paul Anderson, Picasso, privilege, Protests, Race Riots in East St. Louis, Rembrandt, Seattle, Spanish Civil War, teaching, teaching online, technology, the Preserve, Van Gogh, Vermeer, visual art, ways of seeing, World Exhibition, zoom
Amanda Moore discusses her debut collection, REQUEENING.
Tags: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Amanda Moore, animals, beekeeping, Bees, Ben Gucciardi, Book Club, COVID, COVID-19, debut collection, Ecco Books, Focal Point, Into English, Jenny Qi, Lake Michigan, Maria Dahvana Headley, motherhood, mothering, mothers, Native Air, natural world, nature, pandemic, parenting, Plath, poems, poetry, poetry book club, Requeening, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, San Francisco, surfing, sylvia plath, teaching, The Adventures of China Iron, The Great Believers, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, translation, West Portal
She gave him a small, relieved laugh. In another world, she replied. ...more
Tags: aging, COVID, COVID-19, death, fathers, fathers and sons, funeral, marriage, pandemic, Rachel Lyon, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short stories, short story
I hate the word clean. It’s antiseptic, scrubbed raw; it makes me think of sin and guilt and a God I don’t believe in. ...more
Tags: aging, bathing, British Columbia, canada, Christianity, coming out, COVID, COVID-19, crying, faith, family, God, grandmother, grandmothers, grandparents, grief, Karine Hack, LGBTQ, pandemic, queer, sexuality, shame, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, vulnerability, water
Leslie Pietrzyk discusses her new story collection, ADMIT THIS TO NO ONE.
Tags: Beth Kephart, COVID-19, DC, Leslie Pietrzyk, pandemic, short fiction, short stories, Silver Girl, story collection, this angel on my chest, Washington DC
writes into the place where language fails. ...more
Tags: Active Reception, AIDS, Barthes, bodies, book review, Brenda Iijima, Caffeine Chronicles, colonialism, COVID, COVID-19, erotic poetry, eroticism, gentrification, HIV, Leo Bersani, metaphor, Neon Mashurov, Nightboat Books, Noah Ross, pandemic, pinkwashing, poems, poetry, poetry review, power dynamics, power structure, queer sexuality, queerness, Rebecca Teich, review, Sex, sexuality, state violence
Jon Chaiim McConnell discusses his new novella, THRUM.
Tags: academia, Alice Munro, COVID, COVID-19, Delaware, experimental fiction, Eye Cult Attic, fatherhood, fathers and daughters, Jon Chaiim McConnell, Kristine Brown, medical technology, novella, pandemic, parenting, screenwriting, short fiction, short stories, short story, technology, thrum, Tom McCarthy
The mind, you see, wants better weather. The mind wants to believe what suits it best. ...more
Tags: anxiety, childhood trauma, christmas, COVID, COVID-19, Danielle Cadena Deulen, Danielle Deulen, drinking, dubai, Duino Elegies, estrangement, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, friendship, illness, insomnia, Madison, masculinity, mortality, motherhood, mothers, pandemic, parents, pneumonia, postpartum, pregnancy, Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke, Robert FitzRoy, Shara Lessley, snakes, snow, suicide, The Shipping Forecast, The Waste Land, therapist, therapy, toxic masculinity, trauma, TS Eliot, winter, Wisconsin
Derrick Austin discusses his new poetry collection, TENDERNESS.
Tags: abusive relationship, Book Club, brian spears, Burying the Mountain, community, COVID, COVID-19, Derrick Austin, florida, friendship, geography, God of Nothingness, Gulf Coast, Horsepower, Hurricane Season, hurricanes, inheritance, Joy Priest, landscape, Madison, Mark Wunderlich, Michigan, Midwest, Mutiny, Niceville, pandemic, Phillip B. William, poems, poetry, poetry book club, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Sandra Lim, Sealey challenge, Shangyang Fang, Tampa, Taylor Johnson, Tenderness, The Curious Thing, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, The Sealey Challenge, tropical storm, Trouble the Water, vulnerability, weather, Wisconsin, writing community, zoom
Wendy J. Fox discusses her new story collection, WHAT IF WE WERE SOMEWHERE ELSE.
Tags: A Door Behind a Door, A Fish Growing Lungs, Alexis Orgera, Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn, Alysia Sawchyn, Amanda Gorman, Blind Man's Bluff, Book Club, Cairo Circles, capitalism, climate change, climate crisis, Connie Walker, COVID, COVID-19, coworkers, Doma Mahmoud, Head Case, If the Ice Had Held, J.T. Hill, James Tate Hill, jen michalski, linked stories, Marisa Siegel, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, pandemic, revision, Richard Powers, Rumpus Book Club, short fiction, short stories, story collection, The Expanse, the overstory, The Rumpus Book Club, Wendy J. Fox, What If We Were Somewhere Else, workplace, Yelena Moskovich, You'll Be Fine
Ellene Glenn Moore discusses her debut poetry collection, HOW BLOOD WORKS.
Tags: A Light in the Attic, Anne Carson, Annie Dillard, Ariel Francisco, At the Bottom of the River, Athena Dixon, Beth Ann Fennelly, childhood trauma, COVID, COVID-19, David Hassler, ekphrasis, ekphrastic, ekphrastic poetry, Ellene Glenn Moore, Emma Trelles, florida, Green Writer’s Press, How Blood Works, hybrid, hybrid genre, jamaica kincaid, James Wright, John D'Agata, John James Audubon, Josef Albers, Julie Marie Wade, Kent State University Press, landscape, Lia Purpura, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, lydia davis, lyric essay, Mary Oliver, memory, MFA, pandemic, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, poems, poetry, prose poem, prose poems, Richard Blanco, s.e. smith, Sally Wen Mao, shel silverstein, The Dark Edge of the Bluff, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, The Next American Essay
Did you see an animal? Did you see a bird? What did you see when you looked at me? ...more
Tags: affair, Amanda Oliver, animals, birds, break-ups, breaking up, breakup, COVID, COVID-19, divorce, heartache, heartbreak, infidelity, Loneliness, love, marriage, nature, pandemic, relationships
Carly Inghram discusses her new poetry collection, THE ANIMAL INDOORS.
Tags: Anna Karenina, Autumn House Press, Book Club, brian spears, Carly Inghram, Cave Canem, COVID, COVID-19, Derrick Austin, pandemic, poems, poetry, poetry book club, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Terrance Hayes, The Animal Indoors, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, visual art
Dolly Alderton discusses her new novel, GHOSTS.
Tags: A Constellation of Ghosts, aging, attraction, COVID, COVID-19, dating, dating profile, dementia, Dolly Alderton, Everything I Know About Love, Ghosting, ghosts, identity, Internet, internet identity, isolation, lockdown, London, love, Mikaela Dery, Nora Ephron, online dating, pandemic, reality television, reality tv, relationships, television, television adaptation, The High Low, UK
Maggie Nelson discusses her new book, ON FREEDOM: FOUR SONGS OF CARE AND CONSTRAINT.
Tags: After Claude, audience, Book Club, community, COVID, COVID-19, Donald Trump, freedom, genre, graywolf, Hisham Matar, jamaica kincaid, James Baldwin, Jeffrey McDaniel, Like Being Killed, Maggie Nelson, Marisa Siegel, My Brother, On Freedom, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint, pandemic, parenthood, parenting, pregnancy, Rumpus Book Club, Sontag, susan sontag, The Argonauts, The Art of Cruelty, The Latest Winter, The Return, The Rumpus Book Club, Trump
What makes a body violable? This jaw, a piece of evidence. This body, the remains of a life. ...more
Tags: Annalisa Bolin, anthropologist, anthropology, archaeology, archeology, Bellefontaine Cemetery, bodies, bones, British Museum, catacombs, COVID, COVID-19, death, Eboracum, England, grandfather, grandfathers, grandparents, human bodies, human body, Isdal Woman, Léon Gozlan, Lindow II, Lindow Man, Mary Douglas, mortality, mummies, museums, Norway, pandemic, paris, Parthenon, Pete Marsh, Roman York, Rosetta Stone, Rwanda, skeleton, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Mary's Abbey, Sweden, Texas, Yorkshire Museum
To brand myself with something I feared and sought to subdue seemed like a reclamation. ...more
Tags: autoimmune, autoimmune disease, Bay Area, bodies, body image, Brooklyn Joe, chronic illness, chronic pain, COVID, COVID-19, disease, Golden Gate Bridge, healthcare, immigration, invisible illness, Jewish, judaism, Lew the Jew, lupus, Maggie Levantovskaya, Millie Hull, Orthodox Jews, Pain, pandemic, Russian, self image, shame, Soviet, Soviet Jews, Soviet Union, tattooed, tattoos, The Mark of Cain, Ukraine
How much time do I want with others? How much time do I want with myself? ...more
Kendra DeColo discusses her new collection, I AM NOT TRYING TO HIDE MY HUNGERS FROM THE WORLD.
Tags: 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write, Against Memoir, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Alicia Jo Rabins, Ann Powers, Aracelis Girmay, BOA Editions, Braiding Sweetgrass, Camille Dungy, collaboration, COVID-19, desire, Eleanor Davis, Erika Meitner, Franny Choi, Guidebook to Relative Strangers, Hanif Abdurraqib, I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World, Italo Calvino, Jeffrey McDaniel, Jessica Hopper, Josè Olivarez, Julio Cortazar, Keith Leonard, Kendra DeColo, Last Evenings on Earth, LGBTQ, Mark Sandman, Michelle Tea, motherhood, mothering, mothers, Music, My Dinner with Ron Jeremy, nostalgia, pandemic, patrick rosal, poems, poetry, pop culture, postpartum depression, ppd, Preeti Vangani, Provincetown, queer, Revolutionary Mothering, Roberto Bolaño, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Sarah Ruhl, sexuality, Stanley Kunitz, teaching, teaching writing, Thieves in the Afterlife, Tina Chang, Tyler Mills, Yusef Komunyakaa
This collection suggests again and again that poets and poetry are conjoined with such places—found on a map and indelibly mapped to the psyche. ...more
Tags: Abigail Chabitnoy, agoraphobia, Breath of Wild, Bruce Snider, Christopher Kempf, Claudia Rankine, climate change, climate crisis, COVID, COVID-19, Du Fu, Eavan Boland, Edward Derby, Elizabeth Bishop, environmental crisis, Gaston Bachelard, George Floyd, isolation, Legend of Zelda, Marshall McLuhan, memory, nostalgia, pandemic, Paradise Indiana, Paterson, place, Pleiades Press, poems, poetry, prose poem, rural, rural America, rural life, Sabrina Orah Mark, setting, Shara Lessley, The Poem's Country, The Poem's Country: Place & Poetic Practice, The Poem's Country: Place and Poetic Practice, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, William Wordsworth, Wordsworth, Zelda, zoom
“[T]he testimonial form is rebellious; it says that it will record what the state tried to erase.”
Tags: Adriana Cavarero, Aruni Kashyap, Assam, Assamese, Carolyn Forche, colonialism, COVID-19, George Floyd, Horrorism, India, Indian, israel, Latin American literature, palestine, pandemic, poems, poetry, publishing industry, Sandesh Ghimire, South Asia, south asian, South Asian diaspora, state-sanctioned violence, testimonials, testimonio, The House with a Thousand Stories, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, There Is No Good Time for Bad News
Is it not in the warm chambers of the past, after all, that we are immortal, invincible, and alive? ...more
Tags: Alexandria, Andre Aciman, book review, Charles Baudelaire, Constantin Cavafy, COVID, COVID-19, Egypt, Egyptian, elena ferrante, essay collection, essays, Fernando Pessoa, Freud, Homo Irrealis, In Search of Lost Time, John Sloan, Marcel Proust, memories, memory, mortality, new york, nostalgia, pandemic, paris, Patricia Lockwood, proust, remembering, review, Rome, St. Petersburg, Sukhada Tatke, time