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Leaps of Faith

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In the opening chapter of The Triggering Town, aptly titled “Writing off Subject,” Richard Hugo writes that a “poem can be said to have two subjects, the initiating or triggering subject, which starts or ‘causes’ the poem to be written, and the real or generated subject, which the poem comes to say or mean.”  Further …

Book Review: CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE by Ellen Prentiss Campbell

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Contents Under Pressure  by Ellen Prentiss Campbell Broadkill River Press, 2016 $16.99 Ellen Prentiss Campbell gives us a taste of several coming-of-age conflicts in her short story collection, Contents Under Pressure. From the metamorphosis of college student to real-world-dweller in “Sea Change,” to the challenges of midlife crises and divorce in “Peripheral Vision” and “Entangled Objects,” …

Book Review: HEADING HOME: FIELD NOTES by Peter Anderson

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Heading Home: Field Notes by Peter Anderson Conundrum Press, 2017 $14.99 In Heading Home, field notes are more akin to poignant vignettes, setting Anderson apart as a master of poetic fiction. What is truly remarkable about Peter Anderson’s writing is his ability pull the reader into the experience with him and then leave them deep in …

On Ekphrastics

By | Blog Archives, Gerry LaFemina, Poetics, Prose

For the last few years, I’ve been working with the Italian photographer Leila Myftija, writing poems in dialogue with her photographs. The photos are varied: one depicts a group of children at the beach, another is a close up of a section of an industrial grate, another a wicker ball. Some conjure my imagination immediately, …

Book Review: AN ACCIDENT OF STARS by Foz Meadows

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An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows Angry Robot Books, 2016 $7.99 An Accident of Stars is the kind of fantasy novel that’s been a long time coming. As more and more articles pour out about bias in science fiction and fantasy, citing lack of diversity—both in the gender and race of the author and …

For Future Reference: Notes on a Writer’s Desk

By | Blog Archives, Gerry LaFemina, Poetics, Prose

Like a lot of people these days, my students have a stated conviction that the internet is better than print materials for research. It’s easy to think so. If you know what you’re looking for it may even be true. Need to know what a grackle eats? You can find out. Want to know the …

Book Review: BRAWL & JAG by April Bernard

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Brawl & Jag by April Bernard W.W. Norton, 2016 $17.95 Reading April Bernard’s fourth book of poetry, Brawl & Jag, is like staring down the barrel of a gun. She writes about loss, despair, and anger with sharp-tongued wit and humor. Bernard’s language is not soft—her words bristle, pages upturned by grief. When it comes to relationships, …

Skill Set: Notes on Tom Lux, Poetry, and Teaching

By | Blog Archives, Gerry LaFemina, Poetics

In the two months or so since Tom Lux died, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what it means to have been his student, which in turn has led me to thinking about what it means to be a teacher of poetry. Much, of course, has been written on this topic, and much …