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10 Questions for Emily Fragos

- By Abby MacGregor

 The body she needs me now to cut her food and feed her,
to bring the glass of sweet water, never sweeter, to her mouth,
dry and shuttered. Now it unfurls itself as mouth, fish wet
and bird ascendant to a higher branch, with the taste of peaches
on its tongue, and for a moment she is mine again.
from “My Body,” Spring 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 1)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
“Pompeii 79 A.D.” was one of my first poems. I shared it with others in a poetry workshop and it was admired for its minimalism, its imagery. I distinctly remember writing about a man scooping up his baby in his arms and hopelessly...


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10 Questions for Lara Ehrlich

- By Abby MacGregor

“She empties the car onto the lawn: her gym clothes, an armful of toys, the baby seat her daughter outgrew long ago, and three bags of stuff for Goodwill. She crawls into the back, where she hasn’t been since college when her boyfriend accompanied her home for spring break. They’d snuck out of her parents’ house to the nature reserve parking lot. She’d gone down on him as headlights swept through the woods.” —from “Burn Rubber,” Spring 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 1)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
In elementary school, I was engrossed in writing a free-form, ongoing saga about Zohara and her wolf companion, Blubluck. Inspired by movies like Willow and books like The Lion,...


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10 Questions for Patrick Thomas Henry

- By Abby MacGregor

“Perhaps, academic criticism attacks the “feedback loop between critical theory and artistic practice” to unconsciously deflect attention from a fear common to literary critics: that the humanities have become a cerebral echo chamber in an institutional environment that privileges STEM fields, the corporate university, and its investment portfolios. This is the fear: we write to each other, read each other, and yet fail to com­municate effectively to the general readership. Outside that circle, our scholarship doesn’t even incite negative reactions.” —from “A Defense of the Artist-Critic, Part One” Winter 2017 (Vol. 58, Issue 4), Part 2 can be found in Spring 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 1)

Tell us about one of...


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10 Questions for Robert Thomas

- By Abby MacGregor

Who is that angel in Bernini’s white
marble of St. Teresa? He’s so strange:
her ecstatic communion is with God,
not him, the winged sous chef who’ll tenderize
her flesh for the Master to come . . .
from “Sonnet with Ghost Writer and Syringe,” Winter 2017 (Vol. 58, Issue 4)

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10 Questions for Henry Israeli

- By Abby MacGregor

He asks me to buy him a drink,
         his face a mirror whose patina has erased
its reflection, features falling away like rust.
        I offer him my own, a drink whose name
I cannot remember but means dirt path
        in one of the dead languages I’ve studied.
from “The Day I Met the Hanged Man,” Winter 2017 (Vol. 58, Issue 4)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
The first piece I wrote was as a senior in high school. It was about addiction, a subject I knew nothing about, but the high I got from writing it is a feeling I will never forget. I’m still...


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