my mother’s death has a name many names with first names and surnames I know no one sweating bent over with pain will go from door to door calling out where is the high school girl the one they killed with their trigger fingers the town’s powerful men the ones who wrote around her neck […]
MARK SMITH-SOTO is a Costa Rican-American Professor of Romance Languages and Director of the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he edits International Poetry Review. A 2005 winner of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in creative writing, his poetry has appeared in Nimrod, The Sun, Poetry East, Quarterly West, Callaloo, Literary Review, Kenyon Review and many other literary journals. The author of two award-winning poetry chapbooks, his first full-length collection, Our Lives Are Rivers was published in 2003 by the University Press of Florida.
The scent of thought, of meadow, of manger. Let the universe pass with its cape of sparks. Let it roll in the incline of purple winds. Let it tear its forehead like a drunken crooner. I listen to this crumb of bellowing crystal, the glow spilling from such slender lips, small cupful of flesh, little […]
Hello, pain, let’s dance. Today you will be my short-lived lover. Your ship’s siren, your sonorous rings in my mouth, I know, I know. Oh, Jehova’s beast, your bite’s point-blank. Hello pain. Let’s dance, what the hell. Soon I’ll watch you burn, rabid, alone in your parade and I, spilling froth from my breasts, delighting […]
Issue 2 Winter 2010 TAO AIMIN is known for her anthropological works made from the washboards of rural woman. Over the years she has collected thousands of these boards, recording the stories and faces of the women whose hands wore these boards down through the recursive repetition of monotonous labor. Creating installations and experimental ink […]
ART curated by Maya Kóvskaya PRACTICES, POWER & THE PUBLIC SPHERE: Dialogical Space & Multiple Modernities in Asian Contemporary Art ART NONFICTION Maya Kóvskaya Public Action Art and Performative Interventions in the Chinese Public Sphere ART NONFICTION William Hurst (performance photography by Han Bing) ORPHANS OF PROGRESS: Workers and Political Discourse in Post-Socialist China ART […]