Boxcar Poetry Review - Issue 31
Steeped in the language and mystery of the body, Issue 31
rolls in late but not forgotten with powerful poems, haunting
images, and captivating interviews and reviews. We wrestle with God,
with ourselves, with the twin enormities of love and death,
with hope and betrayal. We find union in the anxieties of this existence,
a shared fear of flying, a sense of being lost. In the fading light of autumn,
we encounter something of what it is to be human here, between
seasons, between places, between who and what we think are.
To these poems, we add An Xiao Mina's quiet haiku-like spaces, three terrific conversations between first book poets (Nicky Beer & Shara Lessley, Matthew Hittinger & Christopher Hennessy, and Justin Petropoulos & Emma Trelles), and a lovely review of Austin MacRae's The Organ Builder by Katherine Hoerth.
Heather Askeland: "Reconciliation"
Michelle Chan Brown: "How Fiction Works"
J. Scott Brownlee: "The Middle Distance"
John Fenlon Hogan: "Norms of Piety"
T.J. Jarrett: "Meridian, MS 1958: My Grandmother Meditates
on the Miracles of the Christ"
Subhashini Kaligotla: "Fear of Flying"
W. Todd Kaneko: "Chief Jay Strongbow Knows All About the Sleeper Hold"
Lucien Darjeun Meadows: "Trans/Verse"
Jory M. Mickelson: "Lullaby"
Cynthia Dewi Oka: "nomad's case for silence"
Janice Wilson Stridick: "Light, Particularly"
Interviews & Conversations
"I scarcely dared to look/ to see what it was I was":
Christopher Hennessy & Matthew Hittinger
The Art of Preservation: Justin Petropoulos & Emma Trelles