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Posts By: Anna Lena Phillips

One-sentence Love Letters

Two things we love: love, and the United States Postal Service. We asked contributors to the Love Issue to write a one-sentence love letter to a thing or being—a place, small or large; a work of art; a plant; a creature; an object; a built space; or, yes, a human.

Build Back a Body

Just a few days before beginning to shelter in place during the coronavirus pandemic this spring, I learned about the Korean concept of son mat, which means “the taste of one’s hands.” It’s the complex network of preferences, training, familial traditions, and tendencies (I’m heavy on the salt) that make one’s food taste unlike anyone else’s.

Queue Ball

In the mode of Simone Muench and Jackie K. White’s “Queue,” draft your own feminist collaborative sonnet. Have one person write the first and third stanzas, and the other person compose the second and fourth stanzas,

Writing from Echoes

Romanze” by Anna Maria Hong is a twisty poem full of echoes—and full of allusions. I recognize fragments of Wallace Stevens: “imperishable bliss” from “Sunday Morning,” plus those “bawds of euphony” crying out against Stevens’ blackbirds. And it’s euphonious,

Writing Away from Closure

Chad Abushanab’s poem “Here on Earth” smoothly combines the overarching shape of a Shakespearean sonnet with the ABCB rhymes and tetrameter rhythms more common to ballads and hymns to create a tender, limpid hymn of loss. This gentle blending of…