By Marie C. Ostrand

“Art Can Do That”: Seven Questions for Philip Metres

Philip Metres was born July 4th, 1970 in San Diego, and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from Holy Cross College in 1992, then went on to receive a Ph.D. in English and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Indiana University. He is now a professor of English at John Carroll University…

“The Three That Speak to Us: “Perfect Front Door,” “Reunion,” and “Self-Portrait With Critic””.

We have examined each poem of Best American Poetry 2002 and have found Steve Malmude’s “Perfect Front Door,” Louise Gluck’s “Reunion,” and Ira Sadoff “Self-Portrait with Critic” to have messages that resonate the most with us. We have identified these poems as having accessible and meaningful language which compliments it’s meaning, making it worthy of…

The Great Poem Series: Bill Kushner’s “Great”

Born in New York in 1931, Bill Kushner, now deceased, dedicated his time to poetry and playwriting. He received a poetry fellowship for the New York Foundation for the Arts in 1999, and has published five poetry books. He caught my attention for his poem “Great” which appeared in The Best American Poetry of 2002,…