On Love Poetry
Feb, 13 2019 | no responses
By Colorado Review Associate Editor Daniel Schonning For most of us, the pitfalls associated with writing a modern love poem are nearly too many to count. On one side: the saccharine, the sentimental, the end-rhymed and metrical. On the other: the woe-filled; the creepy; the self-obsessed, erotic magnum opus. Somewhere between exists the razor’s edge […]
In Defense of Obsession
Oct, 29 2018 | no responses
Obsession, we’re told, is unhealthy at worst, embarrassing at best. To write about one’s obsessions, to air them publicly, is particularly tacky—or so we seem to believe.
Muriel Rukeyser and the Legacy of Documentary Poetry
Oct, 23 2018 | no responses
Using trial transcripts, witness testimonies, interviews, medical descriptions, and more, Rukeyser documents a nonlinear account of the industrial disaster through voices both real and imagined. Throughout, she never loses sight of the potential problematics of documentary poetry (voyeurism, appropriation, etc.) and this inquiry into her own method is an integral part of the poem.
Tracing Constructs and Conversations in Art
Oct, 19 2018 | no responses
One of the things I’ve come to understand about artistic pursuits, or at least about mine, is that they are anything but linear. Sometimes one needs to push the limits only to retrace origins and vice versa. So it is that I began exploring seemingly oppositional forces at play in art in general, and subsequently, in written mediums.
Ready, Set, Submit!
Oct, 05 2018 | no responses
On the faces of my students when I suggest they submit their work for publication: flattery, confusion. And I get it—no one taught me how to submit, how to find journals I admire, how to know when a piece is ready. The prospect can be daunting when you’re starting out.
Horror Poetry, Women, and a Pittsburgh Mini-Haunting
Sep, 21 2018 | no responses
As the writer holding power, women might offer alternative representations of women within the actual content or use their power to communicate their powerlessness.