Students of Kim Addonizio
The 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.