Poetry

Two Found Poems by Lars Johnson with Author Commentary

Two Found Poems by Lars Johnson with Author Commentary

The Joy of Stealing Why the hatred of poetry, when its reading and making is like playing a black piano, stealing sugar from the castle, wearing the mask of God. An ancient oriental myth teaches loss of poetry is loss of paradise. Its reading and […]

Broadside by Madelaine Cordes – Quote by Micheal Torres

Broadside by Madelaine Cordes – Quote by Micheal Torres

Madelaine Cordes designed this poster in her Digital Painting class. She is a Graphic Design major and a Junior at Bethany Lutheran College. She has a penchant for fun words (i.e. exacerbate), old things (especially clothing), and books. She loves to read (shocker, she knows, what […]

Michael Torres Profile by Leif Johnson

Michael Torres Profile by Leif Johnson

Against Expectation When I think of a poet, I tend to think of a “hipster.” I think of someone who wears the latest trends of clothing for fashion’s sake. I think of someone who wears a snapback hat with shades and drives an older, beaten-up […]

Review of Eula Biss’ The Balloonists by Leah Zacate

Review of Eula Biss’ The Balloonists by Leah Zacate

“What if an entire generation were to reject their central story line?” asks Eula Biss in The Balloonists, a book that is part poetry, part creative essay. Biss draws heavily from her own life in creating this assembly of anecdotes of both her life and […]

Ariadne by Maren Thompson (with Author Commentary)

Ariadne by Maren Thompson (with Author Commentary)

Ariadne When you found me I was burdened and laden With secrets and responsibilities: There was a maze and labyrinth And a monster on my mind. You, a thinker, You dared to surmount this maze, This labyrinth that no man Dared attempt before With any […]

Lately, I’ve Been Biting Instead of Licking My Ice Cream by Grace Bollhagen

Morning is nearing! The sun peeking out over the corn fields light not yet blinding but a picturesque tangerine grapefruit juice spilling onto the dawn.   The brisk breeze caressing, its touch brings goosebumps shivers of delight. Its freshness clears the spoiled air yesterday left […]