By Liza Burke

The Great Poem Series: Elizabeth Alexander’s “Rally”

David Lehman’s Best American Poetry series is filled with an overwhelming amount of significant poets and poems.  That said, in the 2011 Best American Poetry volume, one of my favorite featured poets would definitely have to be Elizabeth Alexander. Alexander’s poem,“Rally”, connects back to Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign in mid October when she noticed a…

Completely Subjective: Alan Michael Parker’s “Family Math”

Published in the Spring of 2010, Alan Michael Parker’s well-known “Family Math” has become a mysterious puzzle for me to figure out. Throughout Parker’s career, he has written eight collections of poems and three novels. Parker has been working at Davidson College since 1988 as a professor in creative writing. As I flipped through the 2011 edition of…