By Ted Woll

Five Questions: An Interview with Donald Revell

Originally born in the Bronx in 1954, Donald Revell received his PhD at SUNY Buffalo, before going on to teach at the universities of Tennessee, Denver, Missouri, Iowa, Alabama, Utah, and (currently) Nevada-Las Vegas. He has written multiple books, including Tantivy (2012), Essay: A Critical Memoir (2015), A Thief of Strings (2007), and The National Poetry…

Completely Subjective: Amina Calil’s “Blouse of Felt”

I cannot confess to being a perfect human. I most certainly cannot confess to being a perfect interpreter of poetry. It took me two tries to find a poem; the first, Mr. Janosco had to guide me away from, as it was published years prior to what I hoped to find. When I finally found…

The Great Poem Series: Sarah Manguo’s “The Rider”

Originally appearing in American Letters and Commentary in 2000, Sarah Manguso’s “The Rider” made its way into The Best American Poetry 2001. Based on ideas of religion clashing with science, the poem focuses on a narrator describing the probabilities that could lead to the end of the Earth, creating an Apocalypse, before combining them, and stating…