A Word About Writing: One Author, Seven Questions
An Interview with Jynne Dilling Martin, by Tom Haushalter
“Maybe, pilgrim,” begins the first poem in Jynne Dilling Martin’s marvelous debut collection of poems, We Mammals in Hospitable Times, “if I permit you to sleep on my floor tonight, tomorrow / every house on this block will burn to the ground except mine.”
In no more than two lines has Martin offered us shelter in her midst, only to show us come morning the neighborhood is gone. And that sets the tone and the stage for a trek of epic consequences, through Martin’s kaleidoscopic lens to scan this already fallen world, clutching “armfuls of leaves…a rare glass paperweight collection, a cat who, like you, will never die.”
The earth is screwed, scientists agree, but spin its perils into pulsing, painstaking poems like these, and you realize we—we mammals, down to the last flaring of the last polar bear’s nostril—pilgrim, we’re already over. Except Martin, who would be as if Laika, the Soviet space dog, watched overhead as all gave way to the rising tides.
Despite line after line stringing together one unforgettable image after another—“we wipe reindeer hair from our eyes, / the glaciated passages too dazzling to see quite clearly”—Martin, who has served as an
In the Telling
#23: Erin Somers
In our latest installment of the In the Telling series, listen to Erin Somers read “Regret,” which appears in Issue 15: Hope.
Erin Somers was the recipient of the 2013 Neil Shepard Fiction Prize. Her writing has appeared in Green Mountains Review, One Teen Story, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the... Read more
Encounters in Publishing
#66: An Interview with Poet Lucas Hunt, by Paul Florez
When I was fifteen years old, my dad bought me “How To Be A Gentleman” at Brooks Brothers. I didn’t appreciate the gift at the time, and snarled when he suggested I trade my JNCO jeans for a pair of wool trousers. Sacrilegious!
Now, nearly seventeen years later, the JNCOs are gone and what remains is a weather-beaten copy of... Read more
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