The wonderfully encrypted poems of American Proper walk a fine line between private speech and public utterance, accumulating into a sense of a self being put together before my eyes, an identity constructed by the poems themselves, their music and imagination, their independence from the received. — Bob Hicok, horse of a different feather
Jennifer Merrifield’s poems fracture the expectation of strict narrative. Here, readers will find unusual images juxtaposed to stunning effect. Merrifield has a knack for selecting the telling detail that will illuminate while not giving everything away, so there is still work for the reader to do. That work pays off in insights and shimmers of recognition. These are muscular, ambitious poems. — Margot Schilpp, author of The World’s Last Night and Laws of My Nature
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Poems & Prose, By & About Me, Online
“Interrogatory No. 4: Pre-Fabrication” (Winner of the Columbia Poetry Prize)
“Postscript” (Winner of the Editors’ Select Prize)
“Answering the Whistle, the Glare”
“Dusk Approaching the Bridge Between”
Natural Bridge’s Featured Emerging Writer: 5 Poems & an Interview with Me
“Image in the Current”
“Picnicking in Dorset Park”
Words & Images
"We are needles. We thread ourselves..."
"A Legato Passage"
Managing Editor of Backbone Mountain Review
BMR is an annual literary journal from Western Maryland and the surrounding region. We’re open to submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama from writers living in, connected to, or writing about the forty-eight counties surrounding Cumberland, MD. Our annual circulation is 1,400.
Reviews and Interviews I’ve Published on some of my favorite poets
Visions of the Imagined World (an omnibus chapbook review): Kate Greenstreet, GC Waldrep, F. Daniel Rzciznek, Idra Novey, Benjamin Scott Grossberg
A Shot in the Canon’s Mouth: Catherine Wing’s Enter Invisible
Gin & Bleach by Catherine Wing
An Interview with Allison Joseph (text and audio)
Hip Logic by Terrance Hayes
My Favorite Poetry Hangouts on the Web
First Book Interviews
Get to know the newest poets on the scene.