By D. Kristof

Six Questions (and a Poem): Interview with Shara McCallum

Originally from Jamaica, Shara McCallum is the author of five books of poetry: Madwoman (Alice James Books, US, 2017 and Peepal Tree Press, UK, 2017); The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems (Peepal Tree Press, UK, 2011); This Strange Land (Alice James Books, US, 2011), a finalist for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean…

Five Questions: An Interview with Chase Twitchell

Born in 1950 in Connecticut, Chase Twichell is a practicing Buddhist poet. Her works include Northern Spy (1981), The Odds (1986), Perdido (1991), The Ghost of Eden (1995), The Snow Watcher (1998), Dog Language (2005), and Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems (2010). Although currently retired, Twichell has taught at Princeton…

The Great Poem Series: Stephanie Brown’s “Roommates: Noblesse Oblige, Sprezzatura, and Gin Lane”

Seeing people achieve things like winning American Idol or people having “perfect” lives grows jealousy in those who don’t achieve outstanding accomplishments. Reading Stephanie Brown’s  “Roommates: Noblesse Oblige, Sprezzatura, and Gin Lane” grew that idea into a reality. Inside the 2005 edition of The Best American Poetry, “Roommates: Noblesse Oblige, Sprezzatura, and Gin Lane” is…

Completely Subjective: Andrew Feld’s “19—” : An Elegy”

When I first read “19-: An Elegy” I was dumbfounded by the title. On the surface, the title seems different, almost as if Feld glued two numbers and two symbols next to each other, and then negligently slapped on “An Elegy.” Feld, who is very much a contemporary poet, published his poem in the spring…