Boxcar Poetry Review - Issue 38
Much like the year itself, this last issue of 2016 brims with disaster, resistance, poetry, and love. In some measure meta-poetic, these pieces contemplate both the threats to our existence and our acts of survival and refusal whether in the classroom, the street, the farm, or the Oval Office. "Tonight I want to show you something beautiful" Alexandra Spensley writes in "Limerence" — and indeed, that is what we find over and over. Poems which fight for beauty, even amid fear, that sing, even in the dark.
We are thrilled to present Taly Oehler's starkly beautiful images of winter sky and fence to complement these poems. We are also excited to present a wonderful conversation between Drew Dillhunt and Emily Johnston on fittingly "Form, Catastrophe, and Survival." Also in this issue, Raylyn Clacher reviews Jenny Yang Cropp's String Theory and Dorothy Chan reviews both Jay Deshpande's Love the Stranger and Amie Whittemore's Glass Harvest.
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During His Workshop"
Anthony Frame: "Poem Composed Entirely From the First Lines
of Poems by Emily Dickinson"
Chris Haven "The President Declares Disaster"
Trevor Ketner "The Summer Every Street Flooded"
Autumn McClintock "A Lesson"
Clare Paniccia "Academy of the Holy Names, 2001"
Maggie Queeney "Homestead"
Chris Siteman "On the Way—"
Alexandra Spensley "Limerence"
Jennifer Sperry Steinorth "Dear Robber"
Carolyn Williams-Noren "The Earth Could Open"
Interviews & Conversations
Reviews & Responses
Jay Deshpande's Love the Stranger ~ Dorothy Chan
Amie Whittemore's Glass Harvest ~ Dorothy Chan
2016 Best New Poets Nominations
"A New Set of Teeth is Nothing to Sing About" - Alexandra Spensley
2016 Pushcart Prize Nominations
"A New Set of Teeth is Nothing to Sing About" - Rachel Cruea
"How Every Day I Fed You (during those days of horror)
and Still You Did Not Love Me" - Angela Williamson Emmert
"In Aggregate" - Laura McCullough
"For You, in the County Jail" - Caitlin Pryor
"The Hugs I Can Remember" - Josh Rathkamp