Fall 2015 Issue

bell hooks & Laverne Cox

A Conversation with bell hooks and Laverne Cox

What Our Writers Are Reading Now

What Our Writers Are Reading Now

We asked three of our contributing writers to tell us about a book they are currently reading. The poetry of Marianne Worthington (“I Saw Bobby Bare Kiss Marty Stuart”) and Doug Van Gundy (“Listening to a Recording of Edden Hammons Playing ‘General Washington’s March'”), and the creative nonfiction of Karen Salyer McElmurray…


1. Recklessly wasteful; 2. Lavishly generous. He’s embarrassed by the plums of this place, the way they fall in sticky lushness, their endless bearing judgment on his competence, his failure to find their use.


Growing up, we lived down in a holler, and sometimes, Coyote loped through our fields—nothing to eat but okra And tomatoes—before crossing dirt road to Baker’s farm. Sometimes, a scream unlimbing chicken.

The Poet at Fifty-Nine

—after Larry Levis Autumn is a glum raisin, plumped with sweet wine, stirred into a spiced batter. As the cake bakes, scents rising, I think of the woman who taught me to make it, of everything I learned from all the old women: How to seed zinnias and play canasta,…