Monthly Archives: January 2015

Meg Wade on TC Tolbert and voice

Photo Credit: Mamta Popat I am forever in awe of TC Tolbert. The way his work swings the body back to life on the page, the way his language sings me home. TC went to elementary school just down the … Continue reading

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Movement & Voice in Mara Vahratian’s “In this great wide country” with K.B. McElhatten

In Mara Vahratian’s Hicks Poetics statement, she claims her poetry is  “built around movement.”  She wants her poems “to move and stall and be expansive and subjective and feel lived-in and new.” This is a promise on which Vahratian repeatedly … Continue reading

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Bardos, Attachment, Ego and singleton’s “Day 21” by K.B. McElhatten

“Day 21” is one of 49 poems that giovanni singleton writes about Alice Coltrane’s journey through bardo, the Buddhist transition from one life to the next. The purpose of which is to provide an opportunity for enlightenment or to assure … Continue reading

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On Violence and Vulnerability in Carolyn Hembree’s “Pig” with K.B. McElhatten

When writing about “Pig,” it’s hard to use the words enjoy, like, or favoritelines. The poem makes me uncomfortable and uneasy, and the violence of it makes these words feel wrong. Instead, I will use the word amaze. What amazes … Continue reading

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Kim McElhatten on Mark Wunderlich and home

The lines in Mark Wunderlich’s poem, “Driftless Elegy” remind me of home, of Northwest Pennsylvania. They remind me of the bridges shut over French Creek, the now-closed Golden Dawn grocery, the condemned Meadville mall, the outsourced Talon Factory, and the … Continue reading

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