"There are costs to our living on this small, terminable planet. Daily these costs bear down on each of us, but their severity, visibility, and immediacy depend on who and where one is in the world."
"I’ve read comic books since I was nine years old, and even as a child I understood that characters like The Uncanny X-men were intended to function as an allegory for race ..."
"I think of the white space in this poem like that, a place for the speaker to move the poem around, a place to disguise intent, to conceal an America that hides in the silences."
"But there’s a lot that’s disturbing in the world right now, and the more I quiet my mind, the more I can discern what matters."
"Greek mythology was the primary and intuitive way that I understood power within family relationships."
"History devours the individual. One life at a time, it amalgamates individual voices into the maw of broad historical narratives."
I met Emilie Staat Strong in a coffee shop around 2008. I was writing a short story, and she noticed the stack of craft books on my table. “You’re a writer,” she said. I said I was, and she said she was too.
"Poems, I think, are encounters: between image, volta, syntax, and other implements of craft, and between reader, speaker, and poet."
A review of four new books by C.J.A. "In my recent reading practice, I have been paying almost obsessive attention to the word thing ..."
Hugh Sheehy is the author of The Invisibles (University of Georgia Press), winner of the 2012 Flannery O'Connor Award. His fiction has appeared widely, most recently in Story, West Branch, and Five Points. He lives in Beacon, New York and teaches at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where he is Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature, and in Miami University's Low Residency MFA Program.