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Falling in Love in the Apocalypse with Rachelle Toarmino’s ‘That Ex’

The news cycle spins like a washing machine in the final stages of a heavy-duty wash. It’s been speeding up for decades, while we watch from the other side of the thick glass door, helpless, hoping our clothes come out clean but doubting they will. The apocalypse has arrived, probably, in the form of climate crisis fueled by unimaginable wealth disparity, or in the daily heartbreaks that we don’t want to believe keep happening: school shootings, protestors arrested for defending their ancestral land from developers, threats to Roe v.… read more.

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Mourning the Loss of Painter/Poet Etel Adnan

In the last book she published while alive, Shifting The Silence, writer and multi-disciplinary artist Etel Adnan declares: “I am not in a hurry to live, I am not in a hurry to die; I am just talking to you.”

The stream of consciousness that flows throughout the intimate prose of the publication is one that collapses together the looming uncertainty of death with the calm simplicity of living the everyday.… read more.

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“Ghosts All Over the Story of My Beginnings” — Jan Beatty

American Bastard by Jan Beatty

American Bastard by Ann BeattyWe are taught that a story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. We are taught that a girl who ventures on a quest to find her lost parents will become whole when she finds them; we are taught that this girl will find happiness.

But the truth is, life doesn’t usually happen in this way. Sometimes the “story begins at an impasse” as Patrice Staiger writes.… read more.

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Novel-in-Verse Brings Tejano Pop Star Selena Back to Us

I’ve never read a novel like Melissa Lozada-Oliva’s Dreaming of You before. In the novel in verse, a poet — who also happens to be named Melissa Lozada-Oliva — uses technology-infused ritual magic to resurrect Tejano pop star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. Selena’s brief career and dramatic murder on March 31, 1995, at age 23, had a massive impact on pop culture and particular significance within the Latin American diaspora (of which Lozada-Oliva is a member).… read more.

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In ‘frank: sonnets,’ Diane Seuss’ New Poems are Both ‘Right Now’ and ‘Back Then’

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n Diane Seuss's frank: sonnets, the durability of the sonnet form stakes its claim as it exposes that which has often been held sacred.
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The Myth Itself: Diving into the Life of Adrienne Rich

Hilary Holladay’s biography The Power of Adrienne Rich  

FF2 Guest Post by Anne Graue

Adrienne Rich is a literary icon. She was a winning poet, essayist, and feminist literary critic most known for Diving Into the Wreck: Poems 1971-1972 (1973) which garnered her a National Book Award in 1974, and Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Institution and Experience (1976), both important works that attempted to shatter the myths about sexuality and identity perpetuated by American society. … read more.

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