Congrats, Lara Egger!

Congrats, Lara Egger!

Our heartfelt congratulations to poet Lara Egger, who just received the Juniper Prize for a first book of poetry! Several of her poems have appeared in our issues. Check out the press release here: https://www.umass.edu/umpress/2020juniperwinners

“Oysters” by Seamus Heaney

For your birthday, an oyster poem. ‎-Michael Ratcliffe‎ Our shells clacked on the plates.My tongue was a filling estuary,My palate hung with starlight:As I tasted the salty PleiadesOrion dipped his foot into the water. Alive and violated,They lay on their bed of...
Literary Manifesto

Literary Manifesto

If I think a poem or collection of poems is good and I want to be certain, I measure myself in the doorway. If I was 71 inches before, I am at least 71.001 after my encounter. Or, I’m wider. On the scale, it depends. Is it calibrated to record the gain or loss of a...
Amy Watkins

Amy Watkins

From our forthcoming issue. Running   It was spring and the garden was just green. On the porch, purple petunias, moss roses, and you, baby sister, between blooming and crying. Our mother was already running. I lifted you to my skinny hip and ran as far as I could...