Cultivating the WeedsChad Shomura

1. On the day I won a university award named after Rosa Parks, I learned that a student was weighing an invitation from Tucker Carlson Tonight to discuss an article he wrote that condemned my course on American political thought. … Continue reading "Cultivating the Weeds"

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from Active ReceptionNoah Ross

I was going to, was going to, do it, that is, by which I mean, stay in bed, like I was supposed to, or at least, for the most part, so-called should have, as in, for my health, for the … Continue reading "from Active Reception"

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Queer QuaranTVLisa Duggan

I live in my TV. Over the past year, I have shifted more and more of my daily social, psychological and affective life into the long running television shows that I substitute for a vital somatic, interpersonal, and interactive existence. … Continue reading "Queer QuaranTV"

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Once Upon a Time: A Book Review of Lucie Elven’s The Weak SpotBella Bravo

The Weak Spot (New York: Soft Skull Press, 2021), Lucie Elven’s debut novel, is a timely fairy tale about the sorcery of disbelief. The book opens when a young woman runs away to a secluded town, in the mountains, only … Continue reading "Once Upon a Time: A Book Review of Lucie Elven’s The Weak Spot"

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Four PoemsSophia Dahlin

Cow Lonely Are You? On the internet of wildflowers a white flower is not what I see blue furling dress petal a flower is part dress part animal part vegetable part face an internet a lighted shape of light on … Continue reading "Four Poems"

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On Alex Blanchette’s Porkopolis: American Animality, Standardized Life, and the Factory FarmClaire Bunschoten

When you close your eyes and picture a pig, what do you see? A curly, spring-like tail? A pink belly caked in mud? A curious snout nosing at the dirt or a trough? If I asked you to imagine pigs … Continue reading "On Alex Blanchette’s Porkopolis: American Animality, Standardized Life, and the Factory Farm"

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Four PoemsEric Sneathen

North Bay I can’t be near you today When I’m writing I need A universe of space. It’s real When I see among all The boys’ fluttering asses Peeling into the ocean’s White crashing surge. Three Of them are so … Continue reading "Four Poems"

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“I did it for the enduring light”: On Alli Warren’s I Love It ThoughPeter Valente

In her recent book of poetry, I Love It Though (Nightboat Books, 2017), Alli Warren looks at the world skeptically as she explores the nature of desire and the sublime in the present. Warren describes desire for a utopic, alternate … Continue reading "“I did it for the enduring light”: On Alli Warren’s I Love It Though"

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