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Winter 2021

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small gestures of control: an interview with bart plantenga
On the occasion of bart plantenga’s new book List Full, longtime friend and fellow poet Sparrow talks with him about narcissism, Frank O’Hara, and lists as unselfconscious, working-class poems of humility and utility.


The List As A Map To Someplace New
Poet bart plantenga makes the case for giving your lists a second look before you discard them.


Carnival Lights
Chris Stark’s new novel Carnival Lights is an impressive work about family, survival, and the “spiral” of all stories. Reviewed by Shannon Gibney

The Last Twist of the Knife
In João Almino’s The Last Twist of the Knife, the narrator may not be able to make sense of his own experiences, but given the clues he strews throughout his confused memories, we learn a very great deal. Reviewed by Douglas Messerli


Reminded by the Instruments: David Tudor's Music
Understanding the differences and similarities between instruments is the foundation of You Nakai’s impressive overview and store of tantalizing discoveries in Reminded by the Instruments: David Tudor's Music. Review by Patrick James Dunagan


Focal Point
In Jenny Qi’s new poetry collection, the helplessness of grief is the crux where meaning comes into clear view. Review by Jessica Johnson

The Essential Muriel Rukeyser: Poems
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey takes on the daunting task of selecting 75 poems from Muriel Rukeyser’s prodigious body of work to create The Essential Muriel Rukeyser. Review by Warren Woessner