#61 – Fall 2018

First Publication

Conversation with
Marvin Artis

Rattle #61This fall we’re celebrating the joy of first publication with fourteen poets who have never before had their poems appear in print or online. Rattle has always been a testament to the fact that publishing histories do not matter—powerful poems lurk inside all of us—and this issue highlights that truth. Culled from over 1,000 submissions, these standout poets are starting what we expect to be long careers in literature. The issue is also the breakout party for Marvin Artis, a previously unpublished lawyer in New York City who has enough brilliant poems hidden away to fill up a book. We’re publishing four of them in this issue, and Alan C. Fox visited with him for a conversation to learn more.

Also in this issue, an especially deep open section draws on love, death, and life in a hot dog factory. Featuring two poems each from Heather Bell, Kim Bridgford, James Valvis, and Roberty Wrigley, plus two Francesca Bell translations of German poet Max Sessner—this is the most poems we’ve ever published in a quarterly issue—47 of them.

Available September 1st!



First Publication

Marvin Artis Meditation on a Dining Room Table
Purple Hearts
David Borman Modern Form
Justin Briley Slow Worship
Caleb M.X. Dance Handscape
Kristian Doyle Sonnet
Thomas Mann Ask
Farah Peterson Auschwitz I & II
Natasha Rao Poem for a Blue Page
Justy Rothe Twice
Julie Schultz Singularity
Ryan Thier The Call to Pour
Daniel Valdez Leslie Doesn’t Believe in Love
Jessica Venturi To Mourn
Nasreen Yazdani How to Turn Off a Ceiling Fan


Heather Bell Love Poem
Sad Song
Kim Bridgford The Carbon Monoxide Gas
The Oven
Travis Burke Uncle Ivan and the Last Dog Race
Barbara Campbell Tangles
Robert Carr After Mother Dies, Most Men Need a Lover
Kevin Clark Elegy
Nicelle Davis After Coffee with My Nurse Friend
Stephen Gibson The Real Thing
Mike Good C.W.P.
Jackleen Holton Jesus Is My Flu Shot
Samuel Hughes At Night, My Father Does Not Sing
Judy Kronenfeld Letter to the Ministry of Loneliness
Jacob Lindberg You’re Bound to See Someone You Know …
Katherine Lo Gravitational Time Dilation
Taylor Mali The Father Speaking Through My Son
Benjamin Myers The Town Drunk Recalls the Rainmaker …
Soonest Nathaniel Parting Ritual
Kathryn Petruccelli Lamps
Doug Ramspeck The Long Dead
Aaron Reeder To My Uncle Who Is in Prison for Robbing Banks
Mather Schneider Suicide Lane
Prartho Sereno A Few Questions Before We Go On
Max Sessner August Evening
It Is
James Valvis Mail Call
The Distracted
Robert Wrigley So We Meet Again


Marvin Artis

Cover Art

Thomas Terceira