American poet Yusef Komunyakaa and Irish poet Paul Muldoon talk of T.S. Eliot and racism, poetry and music, Native Americans and the self—as a writer and a reader—in a culture that is as global as it is specific.
Suzan Sherman reviews Collecting Visual Evidence, a collection of documentaries on various topics edited by Jane M. Gaines and Michael Reno. This article is only available in print.
Amy Hempel, one of our most respected experimental writers, mixes grief and humor to redefine the “story.” In her story collection Tumble Home, Hempel writes about people who have overcome and found everything they need.
This First Proof contains the story “First Hair.” For copyright reasons this content is available in print only.
In Colson Whitehead’s acclaimed first novel The Intuitionist, the elevator becomes a metaphor for religion, race and upward mobility. In John Henry Days he weaves a chorus of voices that recount forgotten moments in American history.
Abigail Thomas adds new complexity to the memoir genre with her varying points of view and page-turning content. She writes about all that life has to offer in the way of birth, death, promiscuity and regret.
Suzan Sherman on how Al Souza disrupts the “reversed exercise in abstraction” that is constructing a puzzle with his chaotic collages of puzzle pieces.