Poem Review: “When I Kiss You, A Casket Opens” by beyza ozer

  “When I Kiss You, A Casket Opens” begins its first line in the middle of a response that has no discernible ending— “this is not terrorism/this is toxic masculinity”— it is a reaction, a refusal, a riot against the mass media that twists its angles for the right endorsement and against the culture that twists … Continue reading Poem Review: “When I Kiss You, A Casket Opens” by beyza ozer

The Best Books We Read in 2013: Poetry Roundup

  TMR's poetry readers share the best books we've read in the last year. Arian's pick: Rough Day, Ed Skoog (Copper Canyon, 2013) Ed Skoog’s newest collection of poems, Rough Day, navigates the potential of language to make us into the world and negotiates the spaces that we are ultimately born into. These poems reconcile the … Continue reading The Best Books We Read in 2013: Poetry Roundup

On Miley Cyrus and the Role of Grammar in Creative Writing

Miley Cyrus just can't catch a break these days. From valid criticisms of her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards to the nearly half a dozen open letters she's received from Sinead O'Connor, the 20-year-old pop star can't stop ruffling feathers. Perhaps the nerdiest rebuke came three weeks ago when indie-rock multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens … Continue reading On Miley Cyrus and the Role of Grammar in Creative Writing

“The cat & I are so sad and God I wish you’d call”

About a month ago, someone sent me an email that contained a link to Portia Elan's poem, "A Simile Is a Suspension Bridge," featured in Ninth Letter's Web #1 issue from this past winter. The email was empty except for the link . Nothing else was needed.I read the poem in my office and cried. I … Continue reading “The cat & I are so sad and God I wish you’d call”