24th Jun 2016

Now We Bow Our Heads: Interview with Poet Ralph Pennel

But I believe that we all, at the very least, should have some. Beauty, that is. Maybe even just a little more. That even in a poem about beauty we must be moved to see its two sure hands and how our own fit perfectly inside them.

22nd Nov 2015

The Natural Tension Between Creativity and Constraints

"Math is inseparable from nature, from us; and, as the search for numbers went on for thousands of years, numbers represent the human search for knowledge. "

19th Apr 2014

Sam Roxas-Chua, Eugene, Oregon: “Poetry is a Raft”

"Poetry is a raft for me. A safe raft that allows me to go into great depth and explore all the scary stuff. To make sense of what happened. Because if I wasn't able to make sense of what happened, I would be mute."

25th Jan 2014

John L. Stanizzi, Poet: “Teaching didn’t do anything for my soul. It gave me a soul.”

"Teaching didn’t do anything for my soul. It gave me a soul."

18th Oct 2013

Penelope Scambly Schott: “It is the human condition to be in love with language”

More women than you might think have turned to prostitution to survive; sometimes it’s called marriage.

11th Oct 2013

The Place for Unhappiness: Interview with Bulgarian poet, Peycho Kanev

I am part of the Balkan tradition. All of these dark memories are part of me, they are inside my blood, inside my mind. They dwell inside me. And, of course, they become part of my poetry, too.

21st Sep 2013

Censorship and the Sins of Omission: The Plight of the Independent Presses

But there is another type of book banning – a banning by omission, rather than commission – that goes unnoticed. Marketplace censorship, the de facto banning of books by independent presses that don’t have advertising budgets, or distribution deals with one of the few book distributors who have a virtual monopoly on distributing to bookstores and libraries.

21st Sep 2013

Postcard From Pakistan: Cross-Cultural Friendships Drown Out the Silencing

Many American friends might be even surprised to know that despite a big public outcry about US drone attacks and high civilian casualties, a large number of Pakistanis don't blame or hate the American people. They understand that Americans are as much victims of this present 'war' as we are. This understanding, this acceptance, is born of the deep spirituality permeating most of our society.

21st Sep 2013

Censorship in the High School: Missing the Point About What We Deem Offensive

This was no student vandal...much worse. This was the work of one of my colleagues.

31st Aug 2013

The Primordial Dreams of Aron Wiesenfeld

Many artists enter the dream world, but few can so inhabit it as to give us not only its semblance but the meaning of the dream. Wiesenfeld’s genius lies both in the interiority of his figures and in the exteriority of his dreamscapes.

27th Jul 2013

Is Writing Poetry Akin to Taking a Shamanic Journey? Interview with Ruth L. Schwartz, Ph.D.

"After having personally practiced shamanism, shamanic healing, and shamanic journeying for more than half a century, I can say that there is nothing I have encountered in reports of the spiritual experiences of saints, prophets, psychedelic drug experimenters, near death survivors, avatars and other mystics that is not commonly experienced when following classic journey methods using a drum." —Michael Harner, The Foundation for Shamnic Studies

20th Jul 2013
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Lauren Berry: The Lifting Dress

As award-winning poet Lauren Berry takes us through the after-effects of the sexual trauma experienced by her young narrator, the reader is chilled by the depth of the girl's vulnerability. But then there is another layer which the author weaves in with equally potency: the growing sense that here is a girl who, despite everything, remains the narrator of her own self-identity. Colorful and eccentric and steeped in lush, figurative language, this story, however difficult, is unmistakably her own.

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