I long to know his vulgar tongue.
This month, words plucked from memory. Natasha Trethewey writes that her poem, “Mexico,” which appears in Poetry Northwest Fall-Winter 2009-10 v4.n2, “began as an attempt to make sense of a memory that has stayed with me all these years. As a small child on vacation with my parents, I managed to step off the pool’s edge into deep water before either of them saw what I was doing. I must have been in there only moments, but I have carried with me the image of the sunlight coming in above my head, my mother’s frantic response, and then later—as if it were part of that moment—the sound of water coming from the bathroom and the slant of light on the tiles in our hotel room. When I began writing the poem I did not know what those images would give way to, nor that—because my mother is no longer alive—I would see in that imagery the blueprint for the loss to come.” Mexico It always comes back like this: light streaming in, the sound of …
Eric McHenry teaches creative writing at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He is the author of a book of poems, Potscrubber Lullabies (Waywiser, 2006), and the recipient of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2007.
For the first month of the new year, we bring you a poem by Bruce Beasley that appears in Poetry Northwest Fall-Winter 2009-10 v4.n2. About this piece, the author writes, “I had been reading about the ancient literary collections in Latin and Greek called ‘paradoxographies,’ which were assemblages of brief notations of bizarre occurrences considered portentous, bewildering, wonderful, and strange: monstrous births, miraculous weather phenomena, astonishing reports of the barely believable but urgently interpretable events of the world.
David Biespiel says farewell Natasha Trethewey sits on a mule in Monterrey C. K. Williams remembers the miserable mysteries before Roe v. Wade Kenneth Fields knows “One Love” Also: Mary Jo Salter, Talvikki Ansel, Wendy Willis, W. S. Di Piero, Michael Collier, Christian Wiman, Stanley Plumly, D. A. Powell, & more Read David Biespiel’s commentary: “In your hands is my last issue as editor of this magazine…”