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

Copyright © 2015 by Blackbird and the individual writers and artists

ISSN 1540-3068


Virginia Commission for the Arts

Culture Works


John Allman
   Jacob’s Limp
   Thrift Shop

Hala Alyan
   In the City of Fire

Talvikki Ansel
   Somewhere in Space
a poem in 10 parts)

Bruce Bond

Greg Brownderville
   The Homemade Fireworks

Sue D. Burton
   All in All, Another Productive Day in the Thicket of Disappointment
   Somehow Myself Survived the Night
   The Woman Who Is to Be Sawn in Half
   The Woman Who Is Sawn in Half Thinks about Elephants: Marianne Moore Feeding Them
      Bread at the Circus & Houdini Who Made One Disappear (& Was Not “Uncomfortably Popular”
      with Them as Was Miss Moore)

Gary Dop
   What Is It Like to Get Punched in the Face?

Norman Dubie

Barbara Duffey
   Coffey Still

Keith Ekiss
   Not Far Underground

John Fry
   the wilderness rose as incense
   I say arid and the room says storm

Kimberly Grey
   How We Take Our Grief

Vanessa Couto Johnson

Kirun Kapur
   The Bird Watchers
   In the Rub’ al Khali
   Sea Anemone

Gregory Kimbrell
   1900 Gibbon Street
   The Age of Miracles
   The Succulent Flowers
   Between the Something and the Nothing . . .
      Editor’s Commentary on Kimbrell’s Form and Process

Keetje Kuipers
   At the Arlee Pow-Wow with My Unborn Child
   Getting the Baby to Sleep

Emily Leithauser

Larry Levis
   Elegy with a Thimbleful of Water in the Cage

Sandra Lim
   Certainty [Edward Taylor . . . ]
   Certainty [Perhaps you can . . . ]
   Garden Quarrel
   Human Interest Story

Ruth Madievsky
   On Memory

Peter Makuck
   Après le Déluge, or How to Return
   Family Music

Carly Joy Miller
   Nightshift as a Waitress: When the Regular Arrives
   Soul’s Colony

Darren Morris
   Fear of Stones and Air

Simone Muench & Dean Rader
   [How on earth did it happen, I used to wonder]
   [Near dusk, near a path, near a brook]
   [Shadow, you'll travel to what waits ahead]

Luisa Muradyan
   A Beaver and His Pile of Wood
   Vera Beneath the Floor

E.B. Paige
   The Razor in the Apple
   They May Only Go Where They’re Bid

Patty Paine
   What Light Does
   What You Sow

Dannye Romine Powell
   Tunnel of Green

Jim Redmond
   Hard Water
   Let There Be

Jordan Rice

Louie Jon A. Sanchez
translated from the Filipino by J.A. Del Prado
   Love Story

Austin Segrest
   The Missouri Compromise

Lisa Russ Spaar
   Two Weeks
   The Wind Wears a Red Leaf

Catherine Staples
   Feeding the Hounds
   Moon Blind
   Sleeping in the Good Bed

Tess Taylor
   Harvest Fair
   Last Hay

Ryan Teitman
   The Other City

Chelsea Wagenaar
   Quiz: Eros

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