Posts Categorized: Poetry

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Announcing the 2018 Poetry Prize Winner!

 

We are excited to announce that the winner of the 2018 Poetry Prize is Jan Verberkmoes for her poem “Elegy as Conditionality: Hornets Building.” Many thanks to everyone who submitted their work and made this year’s prize possible. The winning poem and a few finalists will appear in our Winter 2018 issue.

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Blue Room: “Landscape with my father and a dead man’s harmonica,” by Canese Jarboe

Canese Jarboe reads from “Landscape with my father and a dead man’s harmonica,” and we interview Poetry Editor, Anni Liu, on why she chose the piece. Listen here for an glimpse of our latest issue and insight into our selection process.

“Landscape with my father and a dead man’s harmonica” was originally published in Indiana Review 39.2, Fall 2017.

Thanks to Youtube Audio Library, Will Rosati for “Sulking,” and Puddle of Infinity for “Dream Yourself Smooth.”

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Favorite Debut Poetry Collections: National Poetry Month 2018

For each day in April, we Tweeted a debut poetry collection that we love. Here’s the full list, with links where you can purchase the books. Read and enjoy!

1) Rummage by Ife-Chudeni Oputa (Little A, 2017)

“Her poems explore the eternal themes of the human condition—nature, origin, shame, identity, desire, mortality—with sensitivity and specificity. They illuminate and interrogate the ways that her characters inflict and experience pain, ultimately revealing how we must all face our shame in order to grow.”

2) I Know Your Kind by William Brewer (Milkweed Editions, 2017)

“Uncanny, heartbreaking, and often surreal, I Know Your Kind is an unforgettable elegy for the people and places that have been lost to opioids.”

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IR Editors Tell All: Poetry Recommendations for Dummies

If you aren’t already aware: it’s National Poetry Month! This month we’ve been tweeting recommendations of first books by astounding poets. Check out our Favorite Debut Poetry Collections for more info. We’ve seen a lot of great responses to these tweets–so we’ve decided to ramp up our game. We’ve asked our staff to think back to a time when they were unfamiliar with poetry–is there a poem or poet that spoke to them? Which collections would they recommend to new poetry readers? Their answers are below.

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Poetry Feature: “Recovery” by Amy Meng

In those days thought hung
like one rotted bulb of light
quiet and cold past glowing.

I loved a man who moved
over me like a horsehair bow
bent on still and silent strings.

Each morning sour cans lined
the shelves and my eyes slid oily over.
We smoked naked at the windows

and swallowed oysters for breakfast,
greedy as salt biting tongue.
I lost track of myself, but nothing else

seemed to forget what it was.
The street remained a hard back.
The accident on my leg healed

into a muted seam.
I wanted love to be an end
to the days, which I kept

walking through,
door after door.
Some nights the man hauled

into wakefulness.
I looked in him for something
more than mere sensation

which is what ghosts are.
That searching was almost
like being seen.

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