The Spring 2019 issue features a tribute to Persona Poems. This theme was a reader suggestion, and we thought it was a great idea. Poems work like little empathy machines, and nowhere is that imaginative power more apparent than when the writer dons a mask and speaks from a different perspective. The tribute includes 18 poets writing in the voice of someone else. In the conversation section, editor Timothy Green talks to “America’s First Lady of Form,” poet Kim Bridgford. We also include the long title poem to her forthcoming book, Blue Whale Sonnets.
Another eclectic open section includes a haiku sequence for Graceland, Anders Carlson-Wee telling us where he’s at, the return of Rayon Lennon with a kind of sequel to his 2018 Rattle Poetry Prize winning “Heard,” and so much more.