Review: The Taxidermist’s Cut by Rajiv Mohabir

The Taxidermist’s Cut mines its title for everything it’s worth, but the arresting poems found in the first full-length collection from Rajiv Mohabir show no signs of the strain of over-extended metaphor, nor do they suffer under the awkward weight of an over-determined symbol. Rather, these poems expose their literal and figurative layers slowly, anatomizing…

A Conversation on Form with Sonia Sanchez

by Annie Finch Sonia Sanchez has been an influential force in American literary and political culture for many decades. Her ardent voice with its colloquial diction and archetypal imagery helped revolutionize African-American poetry in the 1960s. What many people don’t realize is that Sanchez’s poetry is also strongly marked by formal resonance and structural insight.…

Helen Adam and Black Magic: Visions in the Light of Tradition

by Kristin Prevallet Visionary trances crafted from old and contemporary poems, rituals, and other magical sources. Always healing, always affirming images of love to allow what can’t be easily or otherwise be spoken. As a poet, teacher, and practicing clinical hypnotist I am a weaver of words and a believer in their power to effect…

Frost’s “Dust of Snow”

I took a walk in the woods last week. The snow was thick and rather wet that day, and as, near the end of my walk, I stopped my crunching footsteps to listen, I heard crows cawing to each other, a repeating music, punctuated occasionally by the plop of wet snow off a branch, and…