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2020 Poetry Spotlights
WTP Poetry Spotlights
A Childhood Memory
A childhood memory haunts the narrator of Sydney Lea’s poem “Desperation,” featured from WTP Vol. X #6.
Leviathan Ocean Casino Resort
billy cancel’s poetry, which has previously appeared in Boston Review, PEN America, and SAND Journal, is featured in WTP Vol. X #5.
In a selection from his latest poetry featured in WTP, Paul Hostovsky ponders small irritations and their place in history.
John J. Ronan muses on history’s discontinued candies in a selection from his poetry featured in the June WTP magazine.
Tomb of the Unknown Washerwoman
Diane Martin’s poetry, including the featured “Tomb of the Unknown Washerwoman,” appears in WTP Vol. X #3.
A Gift of Great Worth
Carol Hamilton reflects on the history and value of textile work in her poem “Stitchery,” from WTP Vol. X #3.
Boy With A Flying Squirrel
Joshua Jones’s ekphrastic poem, inspired by a painting by John Singleton Copley, appears in The Woven Tale Press Vol. X #2.
“On an island you live in two worlds at once.” Susan Johnson’s poem “To Keep” appears in The Woven Tale Press Vol. X #1.
Plague Year April Morning
Regular WTP contributor Michael Thurston’s poem “Plague Year April Morning” appears in December’s WTP Vol. IX #10.
The Donkeys In October Wind
A selection of poems from Corinne Demas’s chapbook “The Donkeys Postpone Gratification” appear in WTP Vol. IX #10.
Drawn to the Light
In his piece from WTP Vol. IX #9, poet Neil Carpathios sets a scene of moths inexplicably drawn to the light.
A Journey of Nuns
Susannah Lee’s poems were inspired by Carmelite nuns who, in the 1990s, journeyed from Iceland to the Arctic Circle to build a monastery
WTP poet Stephen Campiglio’s work has appeared in Chiron Review, Circumference (Pi Poetry), Glimpse, Pensive, Stand, and The Wayfarer.
Night Ships Blues Villanelle
Tim Seibles uses the villanelle form in his haunting poem, “Night Ships Blues Villanelle,” from WTP Vol. IX #6.
Emu at the Zoo
Paul Hostovsky’s poetry, including the metaphorical “Emu,” about a dreamed emu at the zoo, appears in WTP Vol. IX #5.
Logan at Five Begins
Karina van Berkum’s poetry, including “Logan at Five Begins,” appears in the May issue of The Woven Tale Press.
Glosa on Migration
Adrienne Su’s Glosa on Migration follows a Spanish poetic form incorporating four lines from another well-known poem.
Richard Cole’s poem “Outsider Art,” from WTP Vol. IX #2, is in honor of found object art and the creators who make it.
Concepts of Math
Sydney Lea’s poem, “Sunya,” is told from the perspective of someone who struggled with math as a student.
Three Short Poems
Sandra Kolankiewicz’s three short poems, When Positive Thinking Becomes Dissociative, Each Morning We Step, and Compost, from WTP Vol. VIII #8.
The Beggar’s Purse
Pamela Sumner’s poem on the beggar’s purse, the meal, and the plant.
In a Suburb
George Franklin’s poem “In a Suburb” is one of five featured in September’s Woven Tale Press magazine. Preview now!
Coming out to Mami
Caridad Moro-Gronlier’s poetry appears in The Woven Tale Press. Read her poem “Coming out to Mami” in this month’s WTP poetry spotlight.
Cleopatra Mathis’ eighth book of poems will be published by Sarabande Books in July. Her poetry appears in this month’s WTP magazine.
“I think about this cadaver bone in my jaw:/ What parts of a whole// did it lie in when it belonged to the living?” Monica Rowley’s poetry appears in Vol. VIII #3.
Sue D. Burton
Sue D. Burton’s prose poem from WTP Vol. VIII #1 follows the hypothetical tale of swans on a golfing green.
From Joann Gardner’s chapbook The Deaf Island, published by The Poetry Society of America as part of their prestigious PSA Chapbook Fellowship Program.
In the WTP Spotlight: DeWitt Henry
“What fine chisel / could ever yet cut breath?” DeWitt Henry reflects on statues in his newest poem.
In the WTP Spotlight
Mary Gilliland’s poetry appears in WTP Vol. VII #10, and she has a forthcoming collection from Bright Hill Press out in 2020.
Featured poems from Laura Foley’s collection SYRINGA appear in November’s Woven Tale Press magazine.
An Okra Poem
Zane DeZeeuw’s writing has appeared in Dream Pop Journal & Press, Windfall, and Lambda Literary.
Jeffrey Harrison has appeared in Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize anthology. Read his poetry in WTP Vol. VII #7.
E. J. Evans
Poetry by E. J. Evans has appeared in Rattle, RHINO Poetry, and New Mexico Poetry Review. Read his poem “Sleeper Agent,” from the WTP July issue.
Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poem “It’s When” appears in The Woven Tale Press Vol. VII #6.
“All life is maintenance, someone said—/ the light and lovely always cudgeled/ by what’s gone flat—tires and cushions/ astray—your son, the cat/ to seed or pot—your garden, your body.”
“And then I’m outside, standing in a summer / downpour, mounting my bike and riding, / dismayed and joyous at the sudden exuberance / of a storm that will flood all the streets and darken / the afternoon”
“Uncertain acrobats, we tightrope between existing and / living, the patient with a new cane and an incomplete grasp / of gravity, the rest of us sinking under too much of it, / jealous of his morphine, of the wishful thinking he floats in.”
“Buddhas on Death Row,” is one of many poems by Lauren Scharhag featured in WTP Vol. VII #2. Read Scharhag’s poem today.
“Of course he found her, the one who loves // women only quiet. Still as dolls. He got more / than he bargained for when that poison/ was knocked from her throat. When she awoke.”
Bob Sykora’s poem “Anna Alcott at Fruitlands,” from WTP Vol. VI #9.
Literary Spotlight: Bob Meszaros
Bob Meszaros’s poem “Triangulation” appears in October’s WTP magazine.
Literary Spotlight: Carl Boon
“Drang Valley 1965,” a poem by Carl Boon from September’s magazine.
Literary Spotlight: Jeff McRae
Jeff McRae’s poetry appears in WTP Vol. VI #7. Read “The Heart’s Bones” here.
Literary Spotlight: stephanie roberts
stephanie roberts’s “Meridian” appears in WTP Vol. VI #6.
Literary Spotlight: Dina Elenbogen
Dina Elenbogen’s poem “Missing,” from July’s Vol. VI #6.
Literary Spotlight: Robert B. Shaw
Robert B. Shaw’s poem “Enigmas of Weeding,” about his “garden’s anarchy,” is featured in July’s magazine. Read it here.
Literary Spotlight: Douglas Cole
Douglas Cole’s poetry appears in WTP Vol. VI #5.
Literary Spotlight: AR Dugan
AR Dugan’s prose poem appears in June’s Woven Tale Press magazine.
Literary Spotlight: Art Beck
Selections from Art Beck’s Rilke translations appear in WTP Vol. VI #4.
Literary Spotlight: Wally Swist
Wally Swist’s poetry appears in May’s issue of The Woven Tale Press.
Literary Spotlight: Michele Leavitt
Michele Leavitt’s poetry appears in WTP Vol. VI #3. Read “At Night-Point” here.
Literary Spotlight: stephanie roberts
stephanie roberts’s poetry appears in WTP Vol. VI #3.
Literary Spotlight: Joshua Jones
God does his own laundry in Joshua Jones’s Heaven. His poetry, from Vol. VI #3.
Literary Spotlight: Clodagh Beresford Dunne
A poetic game of childhood Frisbee, from Clodagh Beresford Dunne.
Literary Spotlight: Susan Dworski Nusbaum
Susan Dworski Nusbaum’s poetry has appeared in The Chautauqua Literary Journal and The Connecticut Review.
Literary Spotlight: Dina Elenbogen
A winter poem. Dina Elenbogen’s poetry appears in WTP Vol. VI #1.
Literary Spotlight: Michael Thurston
Michael Thurston’s haunting poem, from WTP Vol. VI #1, follows the roads and landscape of New England.
Literary Spotlight: Richard Hoffman
Richard Hoffman’s “November Suite,” from Vol. V #9.
Literary Spotlight: Laura Foley
Laura Foley’s poetry in WTP Vol. V #9.
Literary Spotlight: Katrinka Moore
Katrinka Moore pairs her poetry with scanned assemblages of found objects, meant to complement but not illustrate the poems.
Literary Spotlight: David Hamilton
David Hamilton is the former editor of the Iowa Review and former director of the University of Iowa’s MFA nonfiction program. Read his poetry in WTP.
Literary Spotlight: Emily Mohn-Slate
Emily Mohn-Slate’s poetry has appeared in New Ohio Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Indiana Review. See her work in September’s WTP.
Literary Spotlight: Kelli Simpson
Kelli Simpson’s narrator takes their daughter on a surprising trip to a childhood home in her poem “Choctaw Road,” from WTP Vol. V #2.
Literary Spotlight: Larry D. Thacker
The tragedy of the bees as told by Larry D. Thacker, whose “A Lamentation: Honey” appears in WTP Vol. V #1.
Literary Spotlight: Lisa Stice
Lisa Stice’s poem, with a title inspired by a Salvador Dali painting, makes a reappearance from WTP Vol. V #3.
Literary Spotlight: Alexander McCoy
“We are here, we are here, again.” Alexander McCoy’s poetry appears in WTP Vol. V #6.
Literary Spotlight: Wally Swist
Wally Swist is the author of Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love. Read his poetry in WTP Vol. V #5.
Literary Spotlight: Brandon Marlon
Brandon Marlon’s poetry has appeared in over 175 publications in 24 countries. Read his work in WTP Vol. V #4.
Literary Spotlight: Tracy May Adair
“Not just any cruise: to a colder place, / that respite might encourage me for another eternity.” Tracy May Adair’s poetry in Vol. V #3.
Literary Spotlight: Savannah Thorne
Spotlight: Savannah Thorne, Hurricane Isabel
Savannah Thorne expresses the horror of Hurricane Isabel in one of her poems. See her work featured in The Woven Tale Press Vol. IV #9.
Literary Spotlight: Paul Hostovsky
Spotlight: Paul Hostovsky, The Calculus
What it’s like to go to the dentist, according to one of our November poets, Paul Hostovsky. See his work in The Woven Tale Press Vol. IV #9.
Literary Spotlight: Joyce Peseroff
In “Boot Found on the Side of the Road,” Peseroff playfully asks, “did your mate fall in love with a snake or quit you to roll off yet another man’s bed?”
Literary Spotlight: Tess Barry
Emptied of All But Wildness
“Emptied of All But Wildness,” a poem by Tess Barry. See her work in the September issue of The Woven Tale Press
A Poem from Natasha Head
Failed Enough Natasha Head I’ve failed enough times to know Good intentions don’t win gold stars I’ve fallen enough times to know Gravity trumps God I’ve lost enough times to know Hanging on Only serves to steal your strength And hope may be a thing with feathers But is more likely to show up As …
Flash Non-Fiction and Poem | Charles Bane, Jr.
Hybrid Writing — The Falling Sickness Essay-poem hybrid writing by Charles Bane, Jr. [dropcap]O[/dropcap]f all the gifts a poet can be given, epilepsy is the richest. I fell when I was four. It was kept hidden by my family; my father had it scrubbed from my medical records. But my life was already deeply private, …
Art Spotlight: Michael Dickel
National Poetry Month Winter window Outside the opportune window one pink head survives above geranium leaves blowing in the winter wind, covered with cold rain dropped from dimmed desire. The basil released its hope in the face of the war— forces of December and January—