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Introductions Reading Loop

Colin Bailes
   Between the Fields of Then and Now

Hayley Graffunder
   Like Riding a Bike

Danielle Kotrla

Rebecca Poynor
   Poem with Mississippi Honeybees
   Windowless Place

Waverley Vesely
   Portrait of Madame X
   Small Songs of the Body

Caitlin Wilson
   The Offices of Grief

Brandon Young
   Palmetto Train
   Wreck Name: Unknown No. 3

Tracking the Muse

Aliki Barnstone
   Of Beauty and Suffering: Greece, 1969–1970
   They Don’t Want You to Forget Who’s in Charge

Margaret Mackinnon
   For the Last Man on Portsmouth Island

Steve Scafidi Reading Loop

Steve Scafidi
   The Junebugs 

   Selections from The Magic Life

A Conversation with Steve Scafidi
   Through the Window of Someone Like Me
    Includes embedded video of Scafidi
    reading four unpublished poems. 

   The Lyric, Victrolas, Road Kills, and a Counter Muse: An Outtake

Brad Efford
   #305: Lucinda Williams, “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road”

Jonathan Weinert
   The Drain
   My Father’s Voice

Ibe Liebenberg
   CPR @ 2pm
   don’t bring your 6-year-old daughter to a wild horse auction, just bring a horse home

Jessi Phillips
   Little America

David Wojahn
   The Quietest Voice in the Room: On Robert Hayden

George Ferrandi
   maybe the sun / we are each other’s atmosphere   
   Commentary by Jasmine Dreame Wagner, Jason Anthony, & Katherine Cooper

Isaac Lee
   Children’s Books
   The Most Ingenious Artist: An Internet Adventure from the COVID Lockdown

Jim Whiteside
   The Eye Is the First Circle

Heidi Seaborn
   At the Prado
   Zuihitsu of LA in Conversation with David Hockney

Stephen Haven
   Chagall’s Song of Songs III

Stephanie Choi
   Poem Written in My Grandmother’s Dress
   Portrait of Louisa Cobb Thompson by an Unidentified Chinese Artist

Jennifer Franklin
   Lucia Anna and Anna Livia—Both Named by James Joyce

Julia B. Levine
   Cimex lectularius Linnaeus
   The Storm
   Your Body in Transit from Ice to Fire

Dorsey Craft
   Essay Against Metaphor
   Ode to the Stroller We Bought from Facebook

Emily Mitchell

Jesse Lee Kercheval Reading Loop

Jesse Lee Kercheval


A Correspondence with Jesse Lee Kercheval
   Conducted by Danielle Kotrla

Claudia Emerson Reading Loop

Claudia Emerson
   Piano Fire
   Stringed Instrument Collection

Brad Efford
   #305: Lucinda Williams, “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road”

A Correspondence with Brad Efford
   Conducted by Blackbird staff

A.E. Stallings
   Sympathetic Resonance

Accompanying Instruments
   Selected Photos of Claudia Emerson

Nonnus of Panopolis
translated from Homeric Greek by Denise Low and Christian Teresi
   Dionysiaca, Book 38

Alison Townsend
   Emily Dickinson’s Maid Remembers
   The Zoologist’s Daughter

Kate Northrop
   The Director
   The Pickup’s

Michael Kardos

Anna Tomlinson
   Cross-Quarter Days

Fleda Brown
   Walking in the Spring Grasses
   Wild Sweet Pea

Fabio Pusterla
   translated from Italian by Will Schutt
   Ambulando Solvitur

Zoë Gadegbeku
   Of Flowers and Sorrows

Howard Risatti
   Rob Barnard and Julian Stair: Inner Lives / Cinerary Jars 

Nicole Homer
   One of us is still alive and will prove it.
   The shortest sentence in my autobiography is one word

Carolina Hotchandani
   Somehow History

Corey Van Landingham Reading Loop

Corey Van Landingham
   American Four Square
   Blood Moon
   A Certain Epicharis
   The End of the Life of Giorgione Da Castelfranco, Venetian Painter

Rebecca Poynor
   Review | Love Letter to Who Owns the Heavens by Corey Van Landingham

A Correspondence with Corey Van Landingham
   Conducted by Waverley Vesely

Nicole Cooley
   Mother Water Ash
   New Orleans Love Poem
   Sixteen Years to the Day Another Hurricane Reverses

Janet Peery
   A Wedding at Clonmel

Michael Chitwood
   The Lake in Winter
   Practicing His Signature

Suphil Lee Park
   translating Hwang Jini and Kim Wooncho
   Five Translations

Mazzy Sleep

Artificial Bodies Reading Loop

Isaac Lee
   The Most Ingenious Artist: An Internet Adventure from
       the COVID Lockdown

Josef Čapek
   Artificial Man
   English translation by AI

Blackbird Staff
   Artificial Bodies: A Miscellany

Waverley Vesely
   Review | Arrow by Sumita Chakraborty

Blackbird Editors
   Recommendations & Reviews of work by
      Gabrielle Bates
      Brian Brodeur
      Andrew Hemmert
      John Koethe
      Raena Shivali

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