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Review: The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands

Posted on Sep 2, 2013

Review: The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands

Nick Flynn 84 pages Graywolf Press by THEODORA ZIOLKOWSKI Nick Flynn’s latest collection of poems, The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands, is a chilling journey from beginning to end, in which the unmoored urgently pursue forms of connection—to the self or to any reality they can grasp. Deep-seated in American culture, the poems are conveyed through the fragmentary voices of American soldiers in Iraq at Abu Ghraib, and reference or draw lines from other art forms and their makers— from Britney Spears to Arcade Fire. The pulse at work in these poems is one of muddled obligation to the greater...

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Review: Far From Sudden

Posted on Aug 12, 2013

Review: Far From Sudden

Brent Goodman 60 pages Black Lawrence Press (March 19, 2013) By JOSH ENGLISH Brent Goodman’s second book Far From Sudden is broken up into four sections, “Gravity,” “Telemetry,” “Eventually,” and “Trajectory.”  It is worth noting that each section-title is a form of measurement and that, besides “telemetry,” they are also demotic terms we use to qualify or describe patterns of our lives.  Goodman here is measuring the shape and dissonance of living.  When he is handling difficulties and conflicts, Goodman is painfully precise, as I’ll describe later.  He is equally invested in the...

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An Interview with Kate Durbin, Judge of BWR’s 2013 Poetry Contest

Posted on Jul 15, 2013

An Interview with Kate Durbin, Judge of BWR’s 2013 Poetry Contest

By ANNE BRETTELL Black Warrior Review: What was it that initially got you interested in poetry? What aspect of “the poem” grabbed you as an art form? Kate Durbin: I can think of two instances in which poetry grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go. One was when I was an undergraduate at an Evangelical Christian school, very repressed and depressed. I was assigned to read Marge Piercy’s “Barbie Doll” and Plath’s “Elm” in the same week in my English class. Both poems electrocuted me–I had never read anything that described my own...

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An Interview with Brian Evenson, Judge of BWR’s 2013 Fiction/Prose Contest

Posted on Jul 1, 2013

An Interview with Brian Evenson, Judge of BWR’s 2013 Fiction/Prose Contest

By JAKE KINSTLER Black Warrior Review: Both Fugue State and your new book Windeye are self-contained and complete works interested in (it seems to me) how story collections can function as a singular artistic work.  In Fugue State, there are repeated themes and echoes: being unable to escape or return to a home, isolation, a post-apocalyptic struggle for normalcy, and an inability to communicate, all of which build to and appear in the climactic title story.  In Windeye, however, the title story opens the collection, and serves more as a tonic which the subsequent stories riff on, vary, and...

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A Summer Sale To Remember

Posted on Jul 1, 2013

A Summer Sale To Remember

Hold on to your literary pants (or laptop), BWR is having a summer sale. Most of our back issues are now online for only $5, and for those of you who love to live life on the edge–we’re talkin’ to you poets!–we have a $20 10-issue grab bag. We won’t tell you what issues you are getting, even if you beg! We have back issues from the 1980’s, 1990’s, and early 2000’s, featuring writers like Toni Morrison, Kevin Prufer, Mary Jo Bang, Christine Hume, Mary Ruefle, and more. So click that mouse and discover these BWR gems again. Don’t let these classic issues of BWR sit dusty on our...

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