"I've been thinking and dreaming about the failures of language lately. How it has the power to make me feel small, to forget myself. This may sound strange coming from a writer and a poet – so often I talk about the possibilities of language."
"What ties these three stories together is that they’re so fantastic at threading the needle between family and the familiar and disaster."
"I think these four poets are among the best poets writing, and they represent three generations of poets ... so together they cover a lot of chronological ground."
"Noah Farberman's work can make me laugh and break my heart at the same time. His ability to find and twist out comedy in unexpected situations continues to impress me. Farberman's work gives readers a surreal mirror inside which we can find our most vulnerable selves."
"Kyrie’s sonnets aren’t only in conversation with historical events ... but with the history of verse itself."
"When West Branch invited me to be a guest editor, I told Josh I wanted the story if it was still free. This time, to my absolute delight, it was."
"I asked a few poets from these spaces to send me work and this folio is the result of that request. As I read what they sent me, a theme emerged. Each poem that reached out toward me was a site of longing."
I chose “Document(s)” as a topic during a time of uncertainty— during an era of dis/misinformation, as the 2020 election approached, with ongoing civil unrest and police brutality, in the middle of an ever-evolving pandemic.
"Baugh and Scheckler are distinctly different poets but one thing they have at their center is the desire to heal by reaching all the way into the most wounded wound."
It’s strange to think back and reflect on how I’ve come to know Tomás Q. Morín, Wendy S. Walters, and Dionne Irving. It feels as if I’ve never not known them.