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Copyright © 2019 by Blackbird and the individual writers and artists

ISSN 1540-3068

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Levis Remembered

Jenny Xie
   poems from Eye Level. winner of VCU’s
   2019 Levis Reading Prize
   Phnom Penh Diptych: Dry Season

A Conversation with Jenny Xie 

Emilia Phillips
   Review | Eye Level, by Jenny Xie

Gregory Donovan
   Caught: the Fish in Bishop, Dubie, and Larry Levis
   Presented at VCU’s 2019 Levis Reading Prize Event

Larry Levis

Christopher Buckley
   My Teachers

Larry Lorca
   Another Life in Public

Dilruba Ahmed
   When the Time Comes

Robert Froese
   Under the North

Cyan James
   Agnostic Wandering
   Old Spice & Cordite

Joan Baranow
   Anthology: a collection of flowers
   From This Distance

Jason Grote
   Playwright’s Notes
   Director’s Commentary
   by Seth Bockley
   Artistic Director's Foreword
   by Howard Shalwitz
   Civilization (All You Can Eat)

Sumita Chakraborty
   Essay on the Order of Time

Hal Crowther
   Darkness at Dawn: The Campus in Crisis

Darren Morris
   On Learning That I Can No Longer See the Stars

Caroline Casper
   Women in Tech

Kristina Erny
   Elijah and the Widow
   Elijah Fed by Ravens

Introduction to 100 Refutations & A Conversation 
   A Conversation with Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas
   100 Refutations Published Serially in The Brooklyn Rail

Ralph Angel
   Untitled (Against the slope)
   Untitled (the dream is crying)
   Untitled (I stared at the glint)
   Untitled (When time settles)

Jacqueline Balderrama
   Canción de Cuna
   Zero, 2018

J.D. Scrimgeour
   Goodbye, Rosalita

Inge Pedersen
   translated from Danish by Marilyn Nelson
   The Apple

Sophia Parnok
   translated from Russian by Rainie Oet
   Cigarette after cigarette
   Our Passion’s still carefree, still young

Julio Monteiro Martins
   translated from Italian by Donald Stang & Helen Wickes

A Reading by Charles Wright 

Chelsea Gillenwater
Review | The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

Norman Dubie
   Not Before but After Us

Catie Rosemurgy
   Diorama (the young soldier returning to duty)
   Diorama (there is a love story)
   Diorama (a moment with the doctor)
   Diorama (trapper standing over a young woman in a blue dress)
   Diorama (young woman lying on the ground in a blue dress)
   Diorama (map legend)

Annie Woodford
   And So the Beauty of Lilies Falls on Angels and Men
   Great Road

Elmo Lum
   Dearth, Famine, Want

Brandie Gray
   Review | Dolefully, a Rampart Stands by Paige Ackerson-Kiely

Rachel Neve-Midbar
   Reading Bruno Schulz on Rosh Hashanah 

Christopher Bakken
   Exile in a Thrift-Store Landscape

Jessie van Eerden
   Meet You at the Dollar General Across from the Family Dollar

A Conversation with Jessie van Eerden 

Annie Reid
   What If

Cherene Sherrard
   The Turtle Cure

L. A. Johnson

Maya Jewell Zeller
   Benediction Remembering Sunrise and Fawn, with a Trip to the Planetarium
   spell for their belly buttons/ with a dictionary clogging its wind pipe

Lope López de Miguel
   The Olive

Alison Stine
   Finding Other Uses On Earth

Adam Chiles
   Hitchhiking at Nineteen
   The Letter

Anna Leigh Knowles
   Escape Plans
   On Lockdown

Diane D. Gillette
   Walls: How to Raze a Girl

Michael Chitwood
   First Loss
   The Potato Eaters

Amber McBride
   For Colored Kids Building Up Their Bones

Wesley Gibson
   from You Are Here: A Memoir of Arrival

Kathryn Haemmerle
   Mid-February at Navy Pier

Ash Bowen
   Birds and the Way They Understand Love
   Going to Your Funeral in a Vee-Eight Ford

Ronda Piszk Broatch
   Instead Of Death I Welcome The Stranger
   In Dreams, My Ancestors

Kate Tighe-Pigott

Corinna McClanahan Schroeder
   In the Museum of the Nineteenth Century, the Lights Are Coming On
   The Literary Scholar

Kathleen Winter

Rose McLarney
   Blue Prints

1918 Suite Part 3
   Enough of Us Still and Brave Enough

Kenneth Langer
   Voices of 1918

William Bell
   from A Scavenger in France

Rowland Kenney

Newton MacTavish
   Thrown In: The Doctor

   The Codfish

Sarah Layden
   Nothing and Nobody

Erin Lambert Hartman
   An Apology to Edgar Allan Poe
   By You
   Why I Left Academe for Massage Therapy

William Logan
   Daumier, Man on a Rope
   En Plein Air

Svetlana Turetskaya
   A Soviet Painting by Nikolai Solomin, She Did Not Wait
   Swan Lake with Dostoevsky

Ron Smith

Ira Sadoff
   Interior with Mickey Mantle
   Self-Portrait with Michelangelo

Henry Israeli
   Between the Trees
   Pain Is Never Done
   So Many Promises

Dennis Hinrichsen
   [box of light with Keats in it] [& an iPhone] [& a boy]

A Reading by Ada Limón 

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