Monthly Archives: December 2014

Travis Lane Wade on Michael Sikkema and layers

In Michael Sikkema’s poem, “Code Over Code,” imagery layers structural decay with a tone that communicates both feelings of restlessness and confinement. Sikkema writes: Approaching from three sides one wind one edge of house torn blue. Music comes     … Continue reading

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Travis Lane Wade on Ander Monson and belonging

In Ander Monson’s poem, “KNOW YOUR LAKE EFFECT,” the concept of memory and identity (in this case with regards to Michigan) raises the question of whether we truly belong to a place and time. Monson writes: To drink of and … Continue reading

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Travis Lane Wade on Kristi Maxwell and dualism

In Kristi Maxwell’s poem, “TO KEEPING WE DID NOT FORGET,” the imagery of a field conveys a tone of desolation found in between light and dark or day and night. Maxwell writes: A small fire stuns the field within cinder … Continue reading

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Travis Lane Wade on Maurice Manning’s poem “Culture”

In Maurice Manning’s poem, “Culture,” the balance of simplicity and complexity of a rural, small town setting is explored though the opening lines: Some of us in cahoots with the birds are smiling, silly smiles, because the sun in the … Continue reading

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