June 12, 2020

Dan Gerber

WHAT I REMEMBER OF WORLD WAR II

I was born the day before the first
air raid on Briton and, of course, remember

nothing of that. But I remember
everything that was spoken about

the war and the way people looked
when they spoke about it. I remember

the German prisoner-of-war camp in
our little town, only a few blocks

from our house, remember from the
black and white newsreel film, the

Nazi Stuka dive bombers, screaming
through sirens fixed on their wings

to make their deadly terror even
more terrible to those about to die

and to those who remembered the
terrified dying, and the scars, if only

in the memories of those telling it and
the names from the radio and the

ink-soaked names on the front
pages of the newspapers I picked up

from the sidewalk—Al Alamein,
Corregidor, Saipan, Tarawa, Bastogne,

Buchenwald, Guadalcanal, Dresden, Iwo
Jima, The Bulge, Hiroshima, Dunkirk,

remember the young men in khaki
who came to our house to see my sister,

the off-duty guards from the prison camp
who came to drink and play pinochle

with my mother and Martha, my nanny—
my father away in Washington for the war—

the jokes and laughter through
the haze of Camels and Lucky Strikes,

and the blue stars in the windows of
families with fathers, husbands, and sons

away in the war and two of those stars
turning gold for Mrs. Jackson across

the street whose husband’s destroyer went down
in the Coral Sea, and Mrs. Keller, catty-

corner to our house, whose son Jack
burned up in the sky over Dresden,

the fox holes I dug in the sand at
our cottage where I waited for the Jap

ships to loom up on the far Lake Michigan
horizon, remember the piercing blue

of the morning glories against the
whitewashed fence out our kitchen

door where I stood when I heard
on the radio of a great bomb

dropped on Japan, and a few days
later, when my mother gave me the

key to open a neighbor’s cottage for
two men delivering a mattress and

how the one walking backwards as
he carried the front end of it said,

“Hey kid, did you hear, the war’s
over?” And I ran back up the long drive,

the road so much longer and the
gravel deeper, running home to

tell my mom that now everything
would be all right, forever.

from Rattle #67, Spring 2020

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Dan Gerber: “When I was twelve years old, miserable and lonely, living away from home in a place I didn’t want to be, I read a poem—Walter De La Mare’s ‘The Listeners’—that filled me with mystery and, for a while, took me beyond my wretched little self and saved me with the idea that I might make something out of words that could create, in myself at least, the feeling and the vision I’d received from that poem. Poetry made me want to go on living back then, and it still does.”

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January 27, 2016

Dan Gerber

SUMMERS WITH MARTHA

I spent those dream-like summers with Martha
in a cottage on Lake Michigan,
the year Ike beat Taft and the awful
summer they killed the Rosenbergs.
Martha smoked her Chesterfields
and knitted through nights of crickets
and whispers along the shore
while Jack Eigen talked on the radio
broadcast from The Chez Paree
across the water in Chicago—
and in the morning, Seems Like Old Times,
the trombone glissading its soprano,
into Arthur Godfrey and His Friends.

She appeared and vanished
according to my mother’s curious compass reading
of where my affections might lie.
She talked to me about my mother’s anger,
the way women are and the mysteries
men and boys could never understand,
about her childhood in Escanaba—
her not-unhappy, long, unmarried life,
and about Doug, who appeared
from the adjoining room
at The Drake when she took me to Chicago.

Doug astounded me
while we sat one night by a campfire on the beach,
stabbing himself and laughing
while the jack-knife quivered in his prosthetic thigh.
“He needs my care,” she explained about
her empty bed in the room we shared.
“Doug’s illness,” accounted for the cries
and whispers through the wall.

Then slowly, there was less of Doug to love.
The following summer in Detroit
he dragged himself on crutches—
both legs dead-wood now—
and the summer after that he was in a wheelchair—
his empty coat sleeve pinned to his lapel—
Then the summer we went nowhere,
and there was no Doug.

I never told my mother about Doug
when she quizzed me on my travels with Martha,
because Martha and I had our secrets,
because I didn’t want to lose those summers,
and finally because
there was nothing more to tell.

A summer came when Martha didn’t return,
another summer, and another two.

Then a small package arrived from Seattle
with a letter—
from Doug’s little sister it said—
an Inuit, stone carving of a woman’s face
emerging from the dorsal
of a dolphin with a chipped-off tail—
“Martha asked me to send you this,”
the letter said,
“She said you were someone she loved,
that was all, and that you’d love this little stone fish.
It keeps a secret, she said.”

from Rattle #50, Winter 2015

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Dan Gerber: “I write poems because it’s my way of paying attention to the life of the worlds in and around me. I’d call it my religion, if religion is defined as the way one lives one’s life.”

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November 18, 2015

Open Poetry

Conversation with
Lester Graves Lennon

Rattle #50

Rattle #50 is entirely open issue, and once again the poets sing as they explore the complexities of contemporary life from every angle. Atheists pray, particles entangle, and hummingbirds philosophize drunkenly. Issue #50 is a kind of anniversary, and we celebrate with our best collection of poetry yet.

The winter issue also features the 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize winner, Tiana Clark’s $10,000 poem “Equilibrium,” along with the ten finalists. And as always, subscribers may vote for the runner up.

In the conversations section, Alan Fox discusses poetry and life with investment banker, poet, and creator of the Lennon lyric, Lester Graves Lennon.

 

Open Poetry

 Audio Available D.M. Aderibigbe The Origin of Kindness
 Audio Available Rachael Briggs A Total Non-Apology
Michael Brosnan Cocktail Hour
Christopher Buckley The Theory of Everything …
 Audio Available Thomas Carrigan The Orb Weaver
Paul Cummins Show Up
Richard Donnelly New Country
The Movies
 Audio Available Doris Ferleger Sometimes
 Audio Available Dennis Finnell The Kneeling Man
Glenn Freeman Internet Word of the Day …
Dan Gerber Summers with Martha
 Audio Available Maria Mazziotti Gillan “It’s Been a Week …
 Audio Available Pat Hanahoe-Dosch Surrender
 Audio Available Kimberly G. Jackson Entanglement
 Audio Available Jennifer Jean Bird
Amaris Feland Ketcham Rufous Hummingbird
 Audio Available Lynne Knight The Twenty-Year Workshop
Lester Graves Lennon Fantasy Football
Jeffrey McRae Cognitive Dissonance
Amy Newell Todestrieb
Rolli Three Poems
 Audio Available Rachel Rose The Prayer
Ed Shacklee So We Beat Them
Saint James Harris Wood Donts and Dews
 Audio Available Jeff Worley How to Read Billy Collins

Poetry Prize Winner

 Audio Available Tiana Clark Equilibrium

Finalists

 Audio Available Christopher Citro Our Beautiful Life …
 Audio Available Rhina P. Espaillat Work in Progress
 Audio Available Jennifer Givhan The Glance
Valentina Gnup Morning at the Welfare Office
Red Hawk Old Age Requires …
 Audio Available David Kirby More Than This
 Audio Available Travis Mossotti Yesterday
 Audio Available Cherise A. Pollard Sugar Babe
 Audio Available Melissa King Rogers Deus ex Machina
Patricia Smith Elegy

Conversation

Lester Graves Lennon

Cover Art

Uriél Dana & Gage Taylor

July 7, 2012

Dan Gerber

ON MY SEVENTIETH BIRTHDAY

Let everything happen to you:
           beauty and terror.
Only press on: no feeling is final.
           —Rilke

I read that tens of thousands of people
have drowned in Bangladesh
and that a million more
may die from isolation, hunger, cholera,
and its sisters, thirst and loneliness.

*****

This morning in our lime tree,
I noticed a bee
dusting a single new bud,
                        just now beginning to bloom,
while all the other branches were sagging
with heavy green fruit.

*****

I read that in Moscow
every man, woman, child, and dog
is inhaling eight packs of cigarettes a day—
or its equivalent in smoke—
from the fires raging over the steppes.

*****

I saw the god of storms
take the shape of a tree,
bowing to the desert
with her back to the sea.

*****

I saw on television,
a woman in Iran buried up to her breasts,
then wrapped in light gauze
                        (to protect the spectators),
weeping in terror and pleading for her life
while someone at the edge of the circle
of men dressed in black
picked up the first baseball-sized rock
from the hayrick-sized pile,
to hurl at her eyes, nose, mouth,
ears, throat, breasts, and shoulders.

*****

How big is my heart, I wonder?
How will it encompass these men dressed in black?

*****

Now the fog drifts in over the passes,
screening the peaks into half-tones.
And then into no tones at all.

*****

These goats with names,
with eyes that make you wonder,
these goats
who will be slaughtered today.
Why these goats?

*****

There are reasons,
but they are human reasons.

*****

I listened while my friend
spoke through his grief for his son,
shot to death in a pizza shop he managed
in Nashville
after emptying the safe
for a desperate young man with a gun—
                       who my friend told me he’d forgiven—
spoke of consolation through his tears,
the spirit of his son still with him, he said.
The spirit of his son still with him.

*****

Oak tree,
joy of my eye
that reaches in so many directions—
Are the birds that fly from your branches
closer to heaven?

*****

The moon
shimmering on the surface of the pond,
its rippling reflected in your eyes,
of which you are no more aware
than the wind, just passing through this oak,
of the acorns still bobbing.

*****

The mountains, resolute now
in fading light.
With her nose deep in the late-summer grass,
my dog calls up a new story.

from Rattle #36, Winter 2011
Tribute to Buddhist Poets

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March 2, 2001

350+ Poets Read Their Work

 

As much as we loved providing an audio CD for issue #27’s Tribute to Slam, we didn’t want page poets to be left out. The tradition of public readings is central to contemporary poetry, whose medium, we’ve always felt, isn’t the page, but rather the breath itself. Here is an opportunity to listen to poems as the authors intended them to sound, in their own voice.

Any poems that have appeared in Rattle are eligible, and this archive will be updated regularly. If you are a poet who we’ve published, and would like to be included, email us to ask how. We also plan on adding audio clips from recent and upcoming interviews—keep an eye on this page for updates.

Poet Title  
NEW! Leslie Marie Aguilar Poem for the Educated Black Woman …
Christeene Alcosiba What Remains Is Given Up to the Fire
Pia Aliperti Boiler
Dick Allen from The Zen Master Poems
David Alpaugh Strip Taze
David Alpaugh Space Monkey
Arlene Ang Tonsillitis
Arlene Ang A Driving Student Adjusts the Seat
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz Op-Ed for the Sad Sack Review
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz At the Office Holiday Party
NEW! Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz Things That Happen During Pet-Sitting …
Robert Archambeau The People’s Republic of Sleepless…
James Arthur Sad Robots
Matthew Babcock Passage
Kathleen Balma Roadkill on the Path to Salvation
Li Bai Alone on Mount Jingting
Caleb Barber I Went in With My Hands Up
John Wall Barger Three Photos of Jayne Mansfield
Tony Barnstone Jack Logan, Fighting Airman
Tony Barnstone Bad Usage
Tony Barnstone Why I’m Not a Carpenter
Tony Barnstone The Truth Is That He Never
Tony Barnstone Young Woman Drinking…
NEW! Ellen Bass How I Became Miss America
Michele Battiste Once More, With Feeling
Grace Bauer Our Waitress’s Marvelous Legs
Ruth Bavetta Elegy for My 1958 Volkswagen
Michael Bazzett The Usefulness of Marriage
NEW! Michael Bazzett The Last Expedition
Francesca Bell With a Little Education
Francesca Bell Narrow Openings
Heather Bell Love Letter to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill
Lytton Bell Jane’s Heartbreak Yard Sale
Marvin Bell from A Conversation with Marvin Bell
Karen Benke Joyride
NEW! C. Wade Bentley Storytelling
NEW! Roy Bentley Ringo Starr Answers Questions …
Kristin Berkey-Abbott Currencies
F.J. Bergmann Uses of Metaphor
Gregory Betts Lingers Tear Gas
Darla Biel When My Ex Called in Sick
Michelle Bitting Mammary
NEW! Michael Blaine Jayus
Laurie Blauner The Hit Man Absentmindedly…
Laurie Blauner Peculiar Crimes
Sally Bliumis-Dunn Meaning
Sally Bliumis-Dunn Gratitude
Michael Boccardo Weighing In
Bruce Bond Boo
Jan Bottiglieri Dear Atlas,
Russell Bradbury-Carlin Rooms Change When We Argue
Amanda J. Bradley To Thomas Pynchon Regarding...
Myra Binns Bridgforth 3PM Clients Must Not Be Boring
Rachael Briggs Singularity
Traci Brimhall At a Party on Ellis Island, Watching…
J. Scott Brownlee City Limits
Grace Bruenderman Piraha
Andrea Hollander Budy Eating Mashed Potatoes
Andrea Hollander Budy Delta Flight 1152
Andrea Hollander Budy Field Hospital
Chris Bullard Back Story
Jane Byers Baseball
Patricia Callan Clearking at the Ideal Laundry
Allison Campbell What to Know
Marlon O. Carey Every Element Is Relevant
Wendy Taylor Carlisle Circus
Pablo Garcia Casado Dinner (tr. by Chris Michalski, performed by The CS Field Trio)
Grace Cavalieri Why They Stayed Together
David Cavanagh Fugue
David Cazden The Joy of Cooking School
Sam Cheuk Dramaturgy
Rohan Chhetri Not the Exception
NEW! Michael Chitwood Summer Job
Teresa Mei Chuc Playground
Antonia Clark Famous Last Words
Martha Clarkson How She Described Her Ex-Husband…
Thomas Cochran Fishing
Cathryn Cofell Leaves of Grass/Suicide/Psychic Hotlines
Brendan Constantine So God Will Know You
Anne Coray Call it Love
Anne Coray Letter From a Brother
Claudia Cortese Sarah’s Mother Makes Her Long Dresses…
Nina Corwin Speaking of Tongues
Steven Coughlin Another City
Hope Coulter Morning Haul
Sage Cohen What’s Wrong With
Chris Crawford So Gay
Kelly Cressio-Moeller Waiting for Charon in the ER
Barbara Crooker The Fifties
Barbara Crooker Question Mark and the Mysterians
Nika Cruz Under the Shadows
Paul F. Cummins Undercover
Jim Daniels Lip Gloss, Belgium
Carol V. Davis Salt
David M. deLeon Not Everything I Do Is Magic
Paul Dickey Wheat State Salvation
Michael Diebert Retail
Kim Dower Why People Really Have Dogs
Kim Dower How Was Your Weekend,
NEW! Kim Dower Boob Job
Caitlin Doyle Backward Sonnet for a Forward Thinker
James Doyle The Flippant Zeitgeist
Stevie Edwards What I Mean by Ruin Is…
Sally Ehrman Magic on the Other Side of This
Meaghan Elliott How to Drown Kittens in 1958
Ray Emanuel 4% of Everything or Nothing
Alejandro Escudé Précis
Rhina P. Espaillat Familiar Faces
Anna Evans Crash
Anna Evans Feeling Compassion for Others
NEW! R.G. Evans The Things That Mother Said
Robert Fanning Watching My Daughter Through the One-Way …
Joseph Fasano Mahler in New York
Joseph Fasano North Country
Patricia Fargnoli Fun
Doris Ferlinger Lookists
Michael Ferris Think of the Children!
Megan Fernandes The Flight to Sacramento
Brian Fitzpatrick Sleep Half Sleep (Silence) with Reasons
Charlene Fix Dear FSG
NEW! Kelly Fordon Tell Me When It Starts to Hurt
Linda Nemec Foster Playground
Linda Nemec Foster The Dream of Trees
Drew Foti-Straus Film Color, 1950
Alan Fox Silk Woman
Matthew Gavin Frank After Senza Titolo, 1964
Catherine Freeling The Robbery
Cal Freeman Farrier
Joy Gaines Friedler Assisted Living
Katie F-S Two Bits
Peter Funk The Town Drunk’s Last Stand
Gary Gach Haiku
Jeannine Hall Gailey I Forgot to Tell You the Most Important…
Jeannine Hall Gailey Advice Given to Me Before My Wedding
Jeannine Hall Gailey Elemental
Kay Putney Gantt What Difference Could We Make
Rhonda Ganz Cryogenesis
Conrad Geller The Coyote in the Graveyard
Conrad Geller The Destination
Kristin George Bagnadov Holding Light
Dan Gerber On My Seventieth Birthday
Maria Mazziotti Gillan Shame Is the Dress I Wear
Maria Mazziotti Gillan The Cedar Keepsake Box
Ted Gilley The People Across the Street
Valentina Gnup We Speak of August
Idris Goodwin Why Do They Call Bill Clinton the First…
Myles Gordon The Beat Goes On
Jack Granath After the Japanese
Chris Green My Brother Buries His Dog
Timothy Green Cooking Dinner
Sonia Greenfield Sago, West Virginia
Benjamin S. Grossberg The Space Traveler’s Moon
Albert Haley Barcelona
Sam Hamill Eyes Wide Open (credits)
Sam Hamill On Being Invited to Submit…
francine j. harris Katherine with the lazy eye. short…
Mark D. Hart Incompetence
Lola Haskins The Fruit Detective
Lola Haskins Creek Light
Penny Harter Blue Sky
Robert Haynes On the Rule of SB-1070
Rebecca Hazelton Elise as Android …
Jamey Hecht First Divorce
Susan L. Helwig What Need or Duty
Donna C. Henderson Tinnitus
Donna Henderson Shenpa
Patrick Hicks Sitting on the Berlin Wall
NEW! David Brendan Hopes James Dickey Died Owing Me a Bar Tab
Amorak Huey Rock J. Squirrel Goes Alone …
NEW! Amorak Huey Mick Jagger’s Penis Turns 69
David James How to Make Amends
David James The Famous Outlaw
Lesley Jenike A Golden Retirement
NEW! Edison Jennings Blue Plate Special
NEW! Edison Jennings Brown Eyed Girl
Luke Johnson The Hearth, Like a Bocce Ball
NEW! Joel F. Johnson Oakbrook Estates
Allan Johnston Waitress
Zilka Joseph Puzzle
Zilka Joseph Waiting Inside
Bo Juyi Springtime in Loyang
Courtney Kampa Avante-Garde
Courtney Kampa The Miscarriage
Courtney Kampa Self-Portrait by Someone Else
Sean Karns Jar of Pennies
Glenn Kletke Sledding
Deborah P. Kolodji Basho After Cinderella
Danusha Laméris Arabic
Sara E. Lamers November
Eugenia Leigh Destination: Beautiful
M.L. Liebler Underneath My American Face
Diane Lockward The Mathematics of Your Leaving
Sandy Longhorn Self-Portrait: November
Gregory Loselle from The Whole of Him Collected, #10
Bob Lucky Wouldn’t You Confess?
Krista Lukas Patio Tomatoes
Alison Luterman Say Yes to the Dress
Alison Luterman Big Naked Man
M While My Mother Rots in Memory Care…
M Salt
M To a Husband Saved by Death at 48
M For Those Who Never Know …
Taylor Mali What Teachers Make
Charles Manis Flu Season and A Living Will
David T. Manning Not My World
Michelle Margolis The Blessings of Dreams
Bruce McBirney Midnight
Stephen McDonald Flow
Glenn McKee A Beauty Spot
Glenn McKee Another Night Nobody Came Alive
Michael Meyerhofer Pasteurization
Devon Miller-Duggan Old Blue
Mario Milosevic You Don’t Know Because You’ve…
NEW! Annie Mountcastle Labor
Mathias Nelson Dip My Pacifier in Whiskey
Mathias Nelson I Only Dance for My Mother
Harry Newman Early Snow
Harry Newman Primitives
Hannah Faith Notess To the Former Self in Art Class
Judith Tate O’Brien Sawdust
Loretta Obstfeld My Life with Jeff Goldblum …
Grace Ocasio Ars Poetica
John Paul O’Connor Breakfast
John Paul O’Connor Beans
John Paul O’Connor Stone City
William O’Dalyfeaturing music by Louis Valentine Johnson To the Antiphonlist
Wendy Oleson Eat Your M&M
Jason Olsen My Best Friend’s Wife
Brett Ortler What the Dead Tell Us About Charon
Todd Outcalt Ont he First Anniversary of His Wife’s…
NEW! Jeremy Dae Paden After My Copy of Levertov’s …
Nancy Pagh Spring Salmon at Night
Molly Peacock from A Conversation with Molly Peacock
Robert Peake Road Sign on Interstate 5
Joel Peckham Body Memory
Kate Peper Don’t You Miss the Phone Booth–
Jennifer Perrine Home Visit: Danny
Jennifer Perrine Home Visit: Jenny
Jessica Piazza Panophilia
Patrick M. Pilarski Your Village
Marilyn Gear Pilling The Dog
Donald Platt Caddy
Christine Poreba Between Missing and Found
Jack Powers Rob Smuniewski Is Dead
Ken Poyner The Robotics Problem
Catherine Esposito Prescott To a Hurricane
Richard Prins The God Zoo
NEW! Melissa Queen Learn to Sail with Your Dad
Peg Quinn When the Buddha Farmed Nebraska
Saara Myrene Raappana A Battleship Examines Its Faith
Doug Ramspeck Bottomlands Widow
Jessy Randall Poetry Comic #1
Jessy Randall Poetry Comic #2
Dian Duchin Reed Holy Cats
Richard Robbins The Tattooed Woman
Kirk Robinson The Breaks
NEW! Larry Rogers Mr. Rescue
David Romtvedt American Election
Rachel Rose What We Heard About the Americans
Rachel Rose What We Heard About the Canadians
E. Shaun Russell Archetypes
Michael Salcman The Night Before
Hayden Saunier Self-Portrait with the Smithfield Ham…
Hayden Saunier The One and the Other
Jacob Scheier Single Man’s Song
NEW! Barbara Schmitz Pretty Sure
Jan Seabaugh Czechs Mix
Diane Seuss What Is at the Heart of It…
Glenn Shaheen Feral Cats
Glenn Shaheen Chinese Spies
Lee Sharkey Berlioz
Michael Shea Letter to a Young Bombmaker
Thadra Sheridan After the Bowling Stopped
Carrie Shipers Apology for Being Small
Heidi Shuler Trials of a Teenage Transvestite’s Single Mother
Jinen Jason Shulman Constellation
Paul Siegell 6.22.00 – PHiSH – Alltel Pavilion, NC
Martha Silano What the Grad Students Said
Martha Silano La Gioconda
Karen Skolfield Ode to the Fan
Mary McLaughlin Slechta The Hour of Our Belief
Marc Kelly Smith I Wanted to Be
Patricia Smith Building Nicole’s Mama
Laurence Snydal Eye in the Sky
Ephraim Scott Sommers To Myself as a Statue in Central Park
Lianne Spidel Ambassador Bridge
Terry Spohn Shelf Life
John L. Stanizzi Defiantly
John L. Stanizzi S-Plan
Jill Stein Lunch with My Parents
NEW! Lolita Stewart-White If Only
Paul Suntup Olive Oil
NEW! Sarah Sweeney Tripping at the NC State Cultural Fair
Carol A. Taylor A Fading Memory
Abigail Templeton U.S. Unemployed Jumps to 12.5 Million
Mark Terrill Ways In, Ways Out
Jamie Thomas 1973
Davey Thompson & Cameron Tully The Chair
Lynne Thompson Overheard at Starbucks
Lynne Thompson Lament: I Am Implication
Lynne Thompson Psalm for Working Women
Melinda Thomsen Major League Salaries
Deborah Tobola Dream/Time
Emma Törzs Watching Fireworkds Alone
Emily Kagan Trenchard This Is the Part of the Story I’d Rather Not Tell
Brian Trimboli Things My Son Should Know…
Ann Tweedy Nature Essay
R.A. Villanueva Teacher’s Prayer
Vance Voyles After
NEW! William Walsh The Movie Star’s Secret
Thom Ward The Invention of How
Thom Ward The Thing in Question
Charles Harper Webb BLACKDOOG™
Lesley Wheeler Rim Walkers
Lesley Wheeler Science Fiction
Laurelyn Whitt Bunahan
Marcus Wicker Self Dialogue Reading Etheridge Knight
Ian Williams Hero
Martin Willitz, Jr. Pacific Dogwood
L. Lamar Wilson Dreamboys
NEW! Matthew Wimberley Tabula Rasa
Jessica Young Instructions Included with Telescope
Michael T. Young The Risk of Listening to Brahms
Natalie Young Discussing Earth’s Insects

January 1, 2001

Open Poetry

Conversation with
Lester Graves Lennon

 

Rattle #50

Rattle #50 is entirely open issue, and once again the poets sing as they explore the complexities of contemporary life from every angle. Atheists pray, particles entangle, and hummingbirds philosophize drunkenly. Issue #50 is a kind of anniversary, and we celebrate with our best collection of poetry yet.

The winter issue also features the 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize winner, Tiana Clark’s $10,000 poem “Equilibrium,” along with the ten finalists. And as always, subscribers may vote for the runner up.

In the conversations section, Alan Fox discusses poetry and life with investment banker, poet, and creator of the Lennon lyric, Lester Graves Lennon.

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D.M. Aderibigbe The Origin of Kindness
Rachael Briggs A Total Non-Apology
Michael Brosnan Cocktail Hour
Christopher Buckley The Theory of Everything …
Thomas Carrigan The Orb Weaver
Paul Cummins Show Up
Richard Donnelly New Country
The Movies
Doris Ferleger Sometimes
Dennis Finnell The Kneeling Man
Glenn Freeman Internet Word of the Day…
Dan Gerber Summers with Martha
Maria Mazziotti Gillan “It’s Been a Week …
Pat Hanahoe-Dosch Surrender
Kimberly G. Jackson Entanglement
Amaris Feland Ketcham Rufous Hummingbird
Lynne Knight The Twenty-Year Workshop
Lester Graves Lennon Fantasy Football
Jeffrey McRae Cognitive Dissonance
Amy Newell Todestrieb
Rolli Oh Queen We Rose So Only
Hurry, Murderer
There Is Not Cotton Soft
Rachel Rose The Prayer
Ed Shacklee So We Beat Them
Saint James Harris Wood Donts and Dews
Jeff Worley How to Read Billy Collins
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Poetry Prize Winner

Tiana Clark Equilibrium
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Finalists

Christopher Citro Our Beautiful Life …
Rhina P. Espaillat Work in Progress
Jennifer Givhan The Glance
Valentina Gnup Morning at the Welfare Office
Red Hawk Old Age Requires …
David Kirby More Than This
Travis Mossotti Yesterday
Cherise A. Pollard Sugar Babe
Melissa King Rogers Deus ex Machina
Patricia Smith Elegy
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Conversation

Lester Graves Lennon
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Cover Art

Uriél Dana & Gage Taylor

January 28, 2000

Students of Kim Addonizio

Conversation with
Kim Addonizio

Rattle #67 cover, dark photo of woman sitting on kitchen counter with wine glassThe Spring 2020 issue features a special tribute section of poems written by students of Kim Addonizio’s poetry workshops (as well as one poem by Kim herself). Kim is as extraordinary a teacher as she is a poet, a fact that’s apparent in the rich, accomplished work of her students. She shares candidly about her teaching philosophy in a conversation with Alan Fox, as well as her approach to writing, and there’s much for both new and experienced poets to glean from her insights.

In the open section, the poems themselves are as good as their titles: “The Cow I Didn’t Eat.” “Social Experiments in Which I Am the [Bear].” “Ode to the Mattress on the Side of the Interstate.” Diverse as always, the new issue features a poem written in “the imagined voice of Frida Kahlo” (Barbara Lydecker Crane), “Young Dyke” by Alison Hazle (“This was my surname/for years. I wore it/like some fucking/Birkenstocks.”), a duo of triolets by Carolyne Wright, and much more.

 

 

Kim Addonizio & Students

Audio Available Kim Addonizio Sestina: Writing
Audio Available Karen Benke After the Affair
Audio Available Susan Browne Duct Tape, Sleep, Pretzels
X.P. Callahan Pink Mountain
Audio Available Eleanor Channell Rivermouth
Audio Available Steve Cushman My Neighbor
Audio Available Cheryl Dumesnil Today’s Sermon
Audio Available Sarah Freligh Wild Me
Audio Available In Koo Kim The Commuters of Penn Station Want to Go Home
Audio Available Tracey Knapp Weather Report with Turkeys
Anja Konig After the Election
Audio Available Marie-Elizabeth Mali Diving
Audio Available Clint Margrave The Meta-Metamorphosis
Audio Available Amy Miller Higher Love
Audio Available Karen Moulton It’s Getting Late
Audio Available Ann Tweedy Vanishing Point
Audio Available Sharry Wright Looking In

Open Poetry

Audio Available George Bilgere Chernobyl
Audio Available No Problem
Lollie Butler The Cow I Didn’t Eat
Erik Campbell The Vikings Between Us
Barbara Lydecker Crane You Will Remember Me
William Evans Social Experiments in Which I Am the [Bear]
Audio Available William Fargason Ode to the Mattress on the Side of the Interstate
Dan Gerber What I Remember of World War II
Lola Haskins Touring the Lower Oklawaha
Alison Hazle Young Dyke
Audio Available Matt Marinovich Mr. Pescado
Day Mattar For Attention
Audio Available Richard Prins Arrest This Poem
Audio Available Marjorie Saiser I Was Charmed by the Dirt Road
Dondre Scott How Black Are You? #8
Emily Sernaker Lucky Enough
Audio Available Kenny Tanemura Skills
Audio Available William Trowbridge Fool Invents the Piano, 1250 A.D.
Charles Harper Webb Crabby
Carolyne Wright Triolets on a Dune Shack
Joseph Zaccardi The Hat

Conversation

Kim Addonizio (web)

Cover Art

Elizabeth Sanderson