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A joint venture of the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and New Virginia Review, Inc.

Copyright © 2014 by Blackbird and the individual writers and artists

ISSN 1540-3068


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Levis Remembered
   Reading Loop Introduction & Table of Contents

Larry Levis
   Elegy Ending in the Sound of a Skipping Rope

Two Poems: A Reading by Larry Levis 

David Freed
   Larry Levis
   Portrait of L.L.
   Studio Snapshot

David St. John
   From Elegy to Trapeze

Roger Reeves
   poems from King Me
   Cross Country
   In a Brief, Animated World: The Marriage of Anne of Denmark to
      James of Scotland, 1589
   Self-Portrait as Ernestine “Tiny” Davis
   Romanticism (the Blue Keats)

17th Annual Levis Reading Prize
   The Anecdote as Antidote: Skipping Rope with Larry Levis 
      by Gregory Donovan
   Introduction to Roger Reeves 
      by Kathleen Graber
   A Reading by Roger Reeves 
   Q&A with Roger Reeves 

Christian Detisch
   Review | King Me, by Roger Reeves

Dan O’Brien

Camille Dungy
   Frequently Asked Questions: 1
   Frequently Asked Questions: 2
   Notes on What is Always With Us

Claudia Emerson
   Bird Ephemera
   A Partial Ledger: Dr. C.D. Bennett

Sharon Wang
   Elegy Addressed (Atom Cloud, Hand)

Wyatt Prunty
   Small Facts

Norman Dubie

Sara Quinn Rivara
   Lake Ice
   Road to Canaan
   The Swan Girl

Ira Sukrungruang
   A Conversation about Desire

Reema Rajbanshi
   Ode on an Asian Dog

Raina Lauren Fields
   Salvation, or Tupac is Alive in Jersey City, New Zealand

Kelly Cherry
   The Starveling

Beth Bachmann
   bright one

David Freed & Charles Wright
   Prints & Poems

Joshua Poteat
   Department of Aerial Photography

A Poetic Principles Reading: Paula Champa, Emilia Phillips,
   and Joshua Poteat

Carolyn Guinzio
   The Pines

R.T. Smith
   from Chinquapins

Spencer Hanvik
   Regret Economies
   Wolves Grovel at the Gate of a Fourteenth Century Hermitage

Michael McMahon
   Cleopatra in the Club Car

Colin Thacher

Lindsay Tigue

Mark Cox
   Chutes and Ladders
   The Storm-torn Edge of Heaven

Kyle Valenta
   Get Up, You Abyss

Katie Cortese
   The First Necessary Heartbreak

2014 Weinstein Poetry Prize Event 

A Reading by Weinstein Prize Winners 
   with Claudia Emerson, Elizabeth Seydel Morgan, Ron Smith,
      and Lisa Russ Spaar

Panel Discussion 
   with Kelly Cherry, Henry Hart, Brian Henry, Elizabeth Seydel Morgan,
      Donald E. Selby, Jr., Ron Smith, and David Wojahn

Patrick Lawler
   Dear Bose-Einstein Condensate

Sarah Trudgeon
   Drugstore Baby
   My Pet Baby
   The Third Book of Moses, Called Leviticus

David Hernandez
   Parking FAQ
   The Prophecies of B.B. Guthrie
   The Universe

Ross Losapio
   Hephaestus as Midwife
   Holiness, Again

Sarah Giragosian

Laura Sobbott Ross
   Paul’s Daughter
   The Study of Tragedy

Aaron Apps
   from Dear Herculine

Sarah Barber
   Gender Studies
   How to Survive

Senny George

1914 Women in Film Suite 
   Holmes’s The Hazards of Helen
   Normand’s Mabel’s Blunder
   Turner’s Daisy Doodad’s Dial

Joanna Pearson

Amy Staehr
   Swinging Lessons

Ken Taylor
   how to draw seven circles
   winter landscape with newspaper & dog

William Kelley Woolfitt
   My Father as Weather Formation
   My Mother as Harp Seal, as Sacristan

Kate Rutledge Jaffe
   Said Agatha

James Henry Knippen
   Bedroom (In the Ear)

translated from the Urdu by M. Shahid Alam
   [Inside the heart, love carps it lacks space.]
   [One life, a thousand wishes, each to die for slowly.]
   [You stopped just short of the highest note.]
   [What will my friends do when all their gambits fail?]

Sonja Livingston
   Klotilde’s Cake
   World Without End

Mark MacNamara
   Messages from the Dead

Taylor Altman
   A Delicate Balance

Kyla Sterling
   The Villain & the Helpless One
   This Life with Bees

Margo Taft Stever
   Idiot’s Guide to Counting

Graham Hillard
   The Surrender of Breda

George David Clark
   The Past a Sanctuary Staffed by Poltergeists
   The Peace

Lindsay Bernal
   An Early Nude by Rothko

Michelle Chan Brown

Richard Carlyon
   A Conversation with Richard Carlyon 

Ross Losapio
   Review | Scratching the Ghost, by Dexter Booth

Matthew Phipps
   Review | The Arsonist’s Song Has Nothing to Do with Fire, by Allison Titus

Laura Van Prooyen
   Review | Seam, by Tarfia Faizullah

John Ravenal
   Recent Acquisitions from the VMFA

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